Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.96)
Burnett vs. Orioles
Robert Andino 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Matt Angle CF
RHP Tommy Hunter (2-2, 4.95)
Hunter vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Looks like they’ll play tonight. It’s the rest of the weekend that’s uncertain. At best.
UMPIRES: HP Scott Barry, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Vic Carapazza
AIN’T LIFE GRAND: The Yankees lead the Majors with eight grand slams this season (they’ve been hit by seven different players). The team is two grand slams shy of the franchise high set in 1987 and matched last year. The Yankees have hit five grand slams in August, the most by any team in a calendar month since the Mets in July of 2006. That’s from Elias.
ROUGHLY 10 PERCENT: Derek Jeter has 306 career hits against Baltimore. He’s the first player since Tony Gwynn (who did it against Houstin, Atlanta, San Francisco and Cincinnati) to record at least 300 hits against any one team. That’s according to Ellias. Since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954, Jeter ranks third among players in hits against the franchise behind Carl Yastrzemski (363) and Al Kaline (326).
CHARMED IN THIS CITY: Robinson Cano has hit .375 (81-for-216) with 21 doubles, 10 homers and 31 RBI in 52 games at Camden Yards. He’s riding a current 17-game hitting streak in this ballpark dating back to 2009. According to Elias, it’s the longest active hitting streak at Camden Yards.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: Here’s the latest statement from Granderson regarding the current situation:
“Given the advanced notice, and the fact that other teams have adjusted their schedules ahead of time, we are perplexed at the current options we are being presented with in regards to making up any games postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The proposition to take away our only full off day in the final month of the season is not an option, even though the Orioles front office and the commissioner’s office think this is an adequate solution. It’s a shame that the decision has now come down to possibly having to play four games in two days, or having to come back to Baltimore for another makeup game.”
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: A strong arm is pretty low on the list of priorities for a second baseman, but Cano’s arm lets him make all sorts of plays that other second basemen just can’t make.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Classy move by the Yankees, all coming out of the dugout to watch a video tribute to Mike Flanagan. The Yankees already had one pregame tribute, but the Yankees came back out when an additional video played after the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Three hard-hit balls in a row off Burnett. Solo homer and back-to-back doubles. The Orioles are up 2-0 in the second.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Oh wow. JJ Hardy just clobbered a ball. The past six Orioles have a home run, four straight doubles, and another home run.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: And now an error by A.J.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Double play finally ends the second inning, but the Orioles are in front 6-0, and the Yankees fans in the house are letting Burnett hear it.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Jeter’s bobble cost a run, and it’s 7-0 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Posada goes deep to put the Yankees on the board. Still in a 7-1 hole in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Two-run triple in the fifth, and finally there is action in the Yankees bullpen. Ayala is throwing in the pen, but Burnett is still on the mound.
*** SCHEDULE UPDATE ***
Both games of tomorrow’s doubleheader have been postponed because of the coming hurricane. So here’s the new schedule.
Saturday: No game
Sunday: Doubleheader, 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.
Monday: Regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game
September 8: Makeup game, time TBA
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Solo shot by Rodriguez. Two-run homer by Swisher. It’s now 12-4.