Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (4-4, 5.75)
Hughes vs. A’s
Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CG
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
Brandon Allen 1B
David DeJesus RF
Cliff Pennington SS
Anthony Recker C
Scott Sizemore 3B
RHP Rich Harden (4-2, 3.91)
Harden vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network / MLB Network
WEATHER: Not good. Rain has fallen for the better part of the morning. The tarp was still on the field at 1. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms the rest of the day.
UMPIRES: HP Adrian Johnson, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Gary Cederstrom (crew chief), 3B Cory Blaser
RAIN MEN: The Yankees had 16 games affected by weather this season, so make this 17. Six of the games have been postponed. This is the 11th with a delay. … The total includes a win on July 18th when the lights went out due to lightning in St. Pete.
PITCHING WONDERPHIL: Phil Hughes has limited opponents to two ER or less in each of his last four starts. He has a 3-1 record and 1.75 ERA during that stretch. Opponents have batted .198 (18 for 91).
SOUTHPAWS ON THE MEND: This just in from the Yankees: Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) and Damaso Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation) each began a rehab assignment today with the GCL Yankees in Tampa vs. the GCL Tigers.
Marte’s did not go well…
Feliciano: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches
Marte: 0.2IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 22 pitches
Update, 1:17 p.m.: The tarp remains on the field, although rain has lightened. There has been no announcement about when the game will begin.
Update, 1:25 p.m.: Still raining, and harder now…
Update, 1:54 p.m.: The game is tentatively scheduled to start at 2:30. Looks like they are about to take the tarp off the field.
Update, 2:17 p.m.: They’re going through typical pregame ceremonies here at the Stadium. Rain is still falling, but it’s nothing major. Some fans have umbrellas, but most don’t. That’s a pretty good indication that we’re ready to play.
Update, 2:24 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez is on the field warming up at the moment. His left thumb appears to be taped.
Update, 2:28 p.m.: A-Rod announced in the lineup. Looks like he is ready to give it a go.
Update, 2:30 p.m.: Yanks take the field. Looks like they will start the game.
Update, 2:34 p.m.: First pitch, and we’re underway. Delay lasted 1:29.
Update, 2:52 p.m.: With his leadoff triple, Derek Jeter just passed Rickey Henderson and is now in sole possession of 21st place on MLB’s all-time hits list with 3,056 hits.
Update, 3:06 p.m.: Hughes’ streak of starts with allowing two ER or less is in jeopardy. A’s hitting him hard this inning, an now lead 2-1.
It is also raining again.
Update, 3:25 p.m.: Yanks had the bases loaded with one out but didn’t score. Gardner popped up to short and Jeter squibbed one back to Harden.
A’s still lead 2-1 after two innings. We’re not exactly flying through this game either. It’s been 50 minutes for two inning. Hughes has played a big role in that, throwing 54 pitches already. Rain has pretty much stopped for now.
The crew is out raking and quick-drying the mound.
Update, 3:38 p.m.: Hughes has not been good today, and this is now activity in the Yankee pen.
Update, 3:43 p.m.: That’s it for Hughes, who’s lifted after an RBI single by David DeJesus makes it 4-1 A’s. Girardi had the luxury for a quick hook with so much rain on the horizon. Hughes was awful though and it just seemed to be getting worse.
Update, 3:49 p.m.: After Wade served up a three-run homer on his first pitch to Pennington, here’s Hughes’ final line: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
Say this, he pitched significantly better than Demaso Marte today.
Update, 3:59 p.m.: That’s A-Rod’s first hit since July 6. Still, Yankees trail 7-1 after three innings.
Update, 4:08 p.m.: Fans are cheering because the sun is out. But there’s a long way to go here. We’re still in the top of the fourth.
Update, 4:25 p.m.: An Orioles spokesman told the Baltimore Sun there was no chance of the O’s and Yanks playing a doubleheader on Friday. Here’s the report.
Update, 4:43 p.m.: That’s two good swings for A-Rod today. If nothing else, that’s something positive to take out of today.
Of course, the Yanks are one good swing from getting back into the game. And Harden is now up to 90 pitches. Stamina and durability have not been his strong suits.
Update, 4:45 p.m.: I (kind of) just called that grand slam by Cano. Regardless, the Yankees are now right back in the game, trailing just 7-6. And for some reason, Bob Melvin is sticking with Harden. He must really want him to get the win. Not a good move.
Update, 4:49 p.m.: Swisher doubled to knock out Harden. The move came two batters too late by Melvin.
Of course, not if you’re a Yankee fan. They’re now in business with a runner on second and one out against lefty Craig Breslow.
Update, 4:59 p.m.: That half-inning took forever, but it also pulled the Yankees to within one, 7-6. The Captain missed a chance to tie the game or give the team the lead when he bounced out to end the inning. He also missed a chance to go over .300.
Gardner popped out with one out and the bases loaded. He has now stranded six runners today. I thought 3B coach Rob Thomson (no relation) could’ve sent Swisher on Nunez’s single. Thoughts?
Update, 5:33 p.m.: The Yankees have come all the way back from 7-1 down to take a 10-7 lead on the grand slam by Russell Martin. That’s Martin’s fourth multi-homer game this season.
That’s nothing. How ’bout this stat: This is just the fourth time in club history the Yankees have hit two grand slams in the same game. The last time came in 1999 when Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill. This is also the first time EVER they have hit two grand slams at home. Amazing.
Here are the other instances:
Tony Lazzeri (2) o on 5/24/36 at Philadelphia
Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly on 6/29/87 at Toronto
Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill on 9/14/99 at Toronto (also consecutive innings)
Update, 5:44 p.m.: Also, with a 3 for 5 day (so far), Jeter is now batting .300.
Update, 6:38 p.m.: Courtesy of Sweeny Murty of WFAN, the Yankees sent 31 men to the play in innings 5-7 and 23 reached base. A’s pitchers issued 12 walks, including seven in the seventh. Absolutely putrid.
Update, 6:51 p.m.: History, folks!
The Yankees just became the first team in MLB history to hit three grand slams in the same game. The third was Curtis Granderson, who joined Robinson Cano and Russell Martin when he yanked his 36th home run into the Yankee bullpen off Bruce Billings. The grand slam gave the Yankees a 21-8 lead.
Update, 6:56 p.m.: The Yankees batted around for the fourth straight inning. Also of note: Jorge Posada just came out to play second base in the ninth.
Update, 7:06 p.m.: Yanks win 22-9, with the last assist coming by second baseman Jorge Posada. Of course it did!
The game lasted 4:31 — only 14-minutes shorter than the longest nine-inning game in MLB history.