Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16)
Garcia vs. Orioles
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 3B
RHP Alfredo Simon (4-6, 4.30)
Simon vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Little bit cloudy, but we’ve seen worse this series. It actually feels really nice outside. Not too hot.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B Wally Bell
SWINGIN’ SWISH: Last night, Nick Swisher hit his 20th home run. He’s now reached 20 homers in seven straight seasons, making him one of just three American League players to do so. David Ortiz and Paul Konerko are the other two.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: Curtis Granderson has the Major League lead with 121 runs this season. That’s 26 more than any other player in baseball, and 45 more than he scored all of last year. With one more run he’ll tie his career high. And it’s not September yet.
GOING DEEP: The Yankees lead the Majors with 186 home runs, and they’ve homered in 11 of their past 12 games. They already have 18 individual multi-homer games — most in the Majors — which is one more than they had all of last year.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Garcia strands a runner at second in the bottom of the first, and the Yankees have a 1-0 lead heading into the second. They scored on a walk and a double in the top of the inning, with Curtis Granderson going first to home. The guy leads the league in homers, and he can still run.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Swisher is clobbering the ball lately. He just went deep again, another home run to deep right field. It was a two-run shot and it’s now a 3-0 Yankees lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Garcia had retired 11 in a row before allowing a solo home run to Mark Reynolds in the fifth. The Yankees still lead it, 3-1. Garcia looks sharp for a guy who’s hardly pitched the past three weeks.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Swisher manages to get in the umpire’s face to argue balls and strikes, yet doesn’t get tossed. He must have worded that argument as nicely has humanly possible.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Garcia is finished after three innings and 88 pitches. Looks like Girardi is going to the Soriano-Robertson-Rivera trio to close out this thing. Garcia was terrific.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: That’s the first run Robertson has allowed on the road this year. It’s also the first home run he’s allowed this season.