Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55)
Hughes vs. Twins
Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe RF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Jason Kubel DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Luke Hughes 2B
Tyuyoshi Nishioka SS
RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91)
Slowey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Beautiful night at the best ballpark in the American League.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Brian O’Nora
MOST CAN’T, GRANDY CAN: Curtis Granderson is the third player in American League history to collect at least 30 homers, 10 triples and 20 stolen bases in the same season. The others were the St. Louis Browns’ Ken Williams in 1922 and Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.
MORE GRANDERSON: The Yankees center fielder has scored 112 runs this season, a whopping 22 more than any other player in the big leagues… He’s already scored 36 more runs than all of last season, and he’s 10 away from his career high… Granderson also leads the Majors in total bases and he’s tied with Ryan Howard for the most RBI.
ON THIS DATE: On August 19, 2000, the Yankees managed to record three sacrifice flies in the same inning thanks to a Ron Gant error. This was against the Angels, and Posada, Brosius and Bellinger had the sac flies.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Plouffe goes deep and it’s a 1-0 Twins lead in the first.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: A few things that just happened while I went to grab a sandwich during the third inning…
Russell Martin tied the game with a home run.
I discovered that the Twins television broadcast does not show velocity.
A foul ball apparently came right over my computer and dented the wall behind my seat.
So, I’m still alive and the Yankees are tied.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Yankees have the lead on back-to-back doubles by Teixeira and Cano.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Hughes is settling in for the Yankees. He’s retired eight in a row and is through the fourth inning on 49 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Girardi predicted some sort of umpire controversy tonight — he said they come in threes — and now a close call on a ball down the line has given the Yankees another run and a 3-1 lead. Granderson’s RBI double was called fair, and it looked fair on a replay. Looked like it went right over the bag.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jeter scores on a close play at the plate and it’s 4-1. The throw beat him, but it was off line.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Martin’s third hit of the night is his second homer and it’s now a 6-1 game in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: That’s 14 in a row retired by Hughes. The guy is rolling right now.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Here comes Luis Ayala to wrap up this thing with the Yankees in front 8-1. hard to believe it was earlier this month that we were debating whether the Yankees had room in the rotation for Hughes. Right now, he’s clearly their second best starter.