Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Jesus Montero DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.09)
Garcia vs. Orioles
Kyle Hudson LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 3B
Ryan Adams 2B
LHP Brian Matusz (1-7, 9.07)
Matusz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s 80 and pretty humid right now, with skies looking a little gloomy. The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms later, but they’re talking 3-4 p.m. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get this one in before it gets too bad.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Emmel, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Bruce Dreckman
DAYTIME FREDDY: As good as Freddy Garcia has been this season, he’s been even better in day games, going 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA. He’ll look to continue that trend today.
SLOW STARTERS: While the Yankees have made a habit of winning series, they’ve been mediocre in opening games. They are only 23-22 in series openers this season.
WOULDN’T YA KNOW?: Robinson Cano owns a career .353 (158-for-448) batting average against Baltimore, his highest mark against any AL team and the fourth-highest average against the Orioles among active players.
UPDATE, 1:11PM: After two quick outs to start the game, Nick Markakis takes Garcia deep over the right field fence. Andruw Jones took two steps back and then just watched it sail over his head. 1-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 1:18PM: The Teixecutioner pulls one out down the left field line to tie the game at 1-1. He’s hitting over .300 as a right-handed batter, but under .220 from the left side. Luckily for the Yanks, he’s batting righty today.
UPDATE, 1:24PM: Nice two-out rally here for the Yanks. A walk to A-Rod, a single up the middle from Cano and then a lined RBI single to center from Jones gives them a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 1:36PM: Garcia is allowing some hard hit balls. After a Mark Reynolds double in the left-center field gap that put runners on second and third, Robert Andino just tied the game with a hard hit single. It’s 2-2.
UPDATE, 1:42PM: Things are not looking good for Garcia. Reynolds scored on a passed ball to give the O’s a 3-2 lead, then ninth-hitter Ryan Adams lined a hard single to right to put runners on the corners. Andino scored on a fielder’s choice, and then J.J. Hardy added an RBI single. It’s 5-2, and Scott Proctor is warming in the Yankee pen.
UPDATE, 1:50PM: After Garcia struck out Adam Jones to end the inning, Jesus Montero led off for the Yanks with a four-pitch walk.
UPDATE, 1:55PM: No sooner did I tweet this stat, and Jeter doubled into the right field corner. Since May 25 against left-handed pitching at Yankee Stadium, The Captain is batting .484. And Curtis Granderson follows Jeter by doubling to nearly the exact same spot, driving in Jeter and Montero. That’s 109 RBI for the Grandy man. Yanks pull to within one, 5-4.
UPDATE, 2:00PM: Matusz is out of the game, and RHP Chris Jakubauska is in. He promptly walks Teixeira to bring up A-Rod. I remember watching Matusz when he first came up and thinking he could be a stud. Not the case this season, but that could be said for just about the entire Orioles pitching staff.
UPDATE, 2:03PM: A-Rod gets plunked to load the bases. Here comes Bobbie with one out.
UPDATE, 2:09PM: That, my friends, was a moon shot. Cano sends a grand slam out to the Bleacher Creatures. Remember when people used to talk about his issues with runners in scoring position? He seems to have completely reversed that trend, as if he finds a new level of focus in a big spot. That makes it 8-5 Yanks. And we’re not even out of the second inning.
UPDATE, 2:12PM: And the hits just keep on coming. Jones walks, and Martin doubles, setting things up for The Kid. Montero was late on a fastball, and went down swinging, though.
UPDATE, 2:21PM: Reynolds hits his 32nd homer of the year, a liner out to left field. That two-run shot pulls Baltimore within one, 8-7. Garcia just doesn’t have it today.
UPDATE, 2:23PM: Here comes Joe. Garcia receiving some boos on the way out. Scott Proctor is coming in for his first appearance as a Yankee since July 27, 2007 against the O’s.
UPDATE, 2:26PM: Proctor is promptly greeted by Kyle Hudson, who picks up his first major league hit. Garcia’s final line: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 7 ER, 1 K, 2 HR, 56 pitches. His ERA jumped from a 3.09 to a 3.50.
UPDATE, 2:32PM: The YES Network’s Jack Curry is reporting that prospect Dellin Betances could soon join the Yankees. Curry spoke to Brian Cashman, who said he was going to discuss the possibility with Girardi.
UPDATE, 2:35PM: Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the third. That’s a surprise with the way that things have been going so far today…. Neat moment at the stadium when former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand got put up on the big screen. Huge ovation. Says he’s getting into sports broadcasting.
UPDATE, 2:45PM: Proctor gets out of the inning without any damage, but he allowed some hard hit balls. Nice 6-4-3 double play bailed him out a bit, plus a nice stab by Tex at first.
UPDATE, 2:46PM: A-Rod is hitless, but has been on-base three times. Two walks, and a HBP.
UPDATE, 2:57PM: Andino hits his third homer of the season over the right field wall off of Proctor. That ties the game at 8-8. Lefty Aaron Laffey is warming in the Yankee pen.
UPDATE, 3:03PM: After striking out Adams, Laffey comes in to relieve Proctor. Based on the solid contact that the O’s were making off of Proctor, I wouldn’t expect him to provide much more than the occasional mop up duty. It’s a nice story, but he hasn’t been the same the past few seasons.
UPDATE, 3:06PM: Montero crushes his first big league homer deep to right field, and the place erupts. No silent treatment in the Yankee dugout, just high fives all around. And a curtain call. Oh, by the way. The Yankees take a 9-8 lead.
UPDATE, 3:10PM: For those wondering, the official John Sterling call for Montero’s homer is, “Jesus is loose!”
UPDATE, 3:15PM: That’s it for Laffey. Luis Ayala is coming in to face Adam Jones.
UPDATE, 3:31PM: Teixeira leads off the bottom of the sixth by lining a single to center. This hit came from the left side. A-Rod followed by grounding into a double play.
UPDATE, 3:37PM: Nifty 4-6-3 double play. Wasn’t the cleanest looking, but nice recovery from Jeter. Ayala gets the Yankees to what should be Dave Robertson in the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:46PM: Wow. Another Montero homer to virtually the same spot, and again against a righty. And another curtain call. His opposite field power is flat out impressive. He had to reach out and over the plate to get to that one. He’s shown he can pull the ball with authority, and he’s shown that he can hit with power to the opposite field. This kid looks like a keeper, no doubt. It’s 11-8 Yanks.
UPDATE, 3:56PM: Sloppy D here from the Yanks in the eighth. Chris Dickerson mishandles a single from Markakis, allowing him to advance to second. As Jeter bobbled Dickerson’s throw, Markakis took off for third, but Jeter got him with the throw to A-Rod. Missed opportunity there for the O’s, but they got one run out of it. It’s 11-9 with Cory Wade coming in. My question is, where is D-Rob? He didn’t pitch yesterday, but pitched two innings on Saturday. I’ll have to ask Girardi.
UPDATE, 4:01PM: Wade gets Guerrero to ground back to the pitcher. Inning over. One more chance to add some cushion for the Yanks, then it’s time for the Sandman.
UPDATE, 4:23PM: Mo gave up a run, but the Yankees hold on for the 11-10 win. He now has 597 career saves, four behind Trevor Hoffman for first all-time. I’m heading down for Montero-fest 2011.