Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.54)
Burnett vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Peter Bourjos CF
Jeff Mathis C
RHP Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81)
Haren vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Could be hit or miss all night, but for now the rain has stopped and we seem to be in good shape.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Mike Everitt
BACK HOME: The Yankees are 37-22 at home this season. That’s tie with Boston for the fourth-best home record in the Majors. They’ve won three straight at Yankee Stadium and have gone 24-10 at home since a six-game home losing streak in mid-May.
FOR STARTERS: The Yankees are 19-18 in series openers this season. They’ve won five of their past six openers, and have gone 25-12 in the second game of series.
EIGHTH-INNING GUY: From the moment Rafael Soriano threw his final pitch before going on the disabled list, Dave Robertson has allowed four earned runs in 32 appearances. In that time he’s thrown 30.2 innings with 17 hits, 16 walks and 50 strikeouts.
GO, GO GARDY: Brett Gardner is 30-for-34 in stolen base attempts since May 20. He has 121 steals so far, the third most in Yankees history for a player in his first four years in the big leagues. Ben Chapman stole 140 in his first four years in the 1930s and Fritz Maisel stole 154 in his first four seasons in the 1910s.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Granderson just clubbed a ball to right, a solo homer for a 1-0 lead. That was his 29th of the season. I think he has a solid chance of hitting 30 this season.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: The big board in center tells me that Howie Kendrick leads all active big leaguers with a .350 career average against the yankees.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: You know those ropes that surfers use to keep their boards from getting away from them in the ocean? Brett Gardner should put one of those on his bats.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Pretty nice catch by Swisher in right. He might be underrated defensively. I don’t want to suggest he’s a great defender, but I think he’s perfectly fine out there. More range than you might expect, and he has enough arm for the spot.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Burnett gives up a solo homer to Abreu to tie the game at 1. This has been a nice game from A.J., but the Yankees haven’t done much of anything against Haren.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Two-out walk has loaded the bases for the Angels in the sixth. Pivotal at-bat for Burnett right here. Jeff Mathis is hitting just .180. Burnett has to get him out to keep the Angels from taking the lead.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Ground rule double on an 0-1 pitch. It’s a 3-1 Angels lead, and a positive Burnett outing is crumbling.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Wild pitch on a bad curveball, and it’s now 4-1 Angels as Burnett gets out of the sixth with a fly ball to right.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Three-strikeout inning by Cory Wade. He’s very quickly locking up a spot in next year’s bullpen, or at least making a strong case.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Little bit of life from the Yankees offense with three straight two-out base hits in the seventh. Martin doubled, Nunez singled him home, and now Jeter has singled to put runners at the corners and chase Haren. Jeter’s coming to the plate with two outs and two on. Gardner’s speed means a base hit could be enough to tie it.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Gardner steals second and Jeter lines a single to center. That’s enough to tie the game at 4.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: With a lefty on the mound, Andruw Jones is pinch hitting for Chavez. The Yankees are clearly looking for a home run here with two outs and a runner at first.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: No homer for Jones, but he keeps the line moving with a single to left. Here’s Martin, the guy who started that seventh-inning rally.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Martin grounds to short, and that’s that. Still 4-4 with Rivera coming in to pitch the ninth.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Abreu’s second homer of the night is a two-run shot in the ninth off Rivera. Angels back in front, Yankees with a half inning to get it back.