Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Dickerson RF
Austin Romine C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.41)
Hughes vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Mike Carp DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Trayvon Robinson LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Michael Saunders CF
RHP Felix Hernandez (14-11, 3.15)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s Seattle. It’s cloudy and looks like it’s going to rain. It think it looks like that every second of every day. Good thing there’s a dome.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Jeff Kellogg
TWO OF A KIND: Last night marked the first time in Yankees history that two players each made their first career appearance at catcher in the same game. It was the first time for any Major League team since Boston’s Gary Allenson and Mike O’Berry on April 8, 1979 in Cleveland.
LIKE DAVE: Cory Wade got the win last night improving to 5-0 to begin his Yankees career. He is the first player to win each of his first five decisions with the club since Dave Robertson went 5-0 from July 19, 2008 through June 4, 2009. He’s the first Yankee to accomplish the feat in one season since Aaron Small went 10-0 in the 2005 regular season.
40 FOR 42: Mariano Rivera recorded his 40th save last night. This is his eighth season of at least 40 saves and first since 2009. He and Trevor Hoffman — nine such seasons — are the only pitchers with more than four 40-save seasons in Major League history.
CERVELLI UPDATE: Just a few minutes ago, the Yankees emailed this update on Francisco Cervelli:
Cervelli was seen today by Dr. Kirk Roberts—a neurologist at NY Presbyterian Hospital specializing in concussion syndromes. He was diagnosed with a concussion, but MRI results were negative. Cervelli is home resting. There is no immediate timetable for his return. All baseball related activities have been suspended.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Three-up, three-down in both halves of the first inning.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: Back-to-back singles by Gardner and Dickerson left runners at the corners. Romine got the fly ball in his first big league at-bat, but it wasn’t deep enough for the sacrifice. Still at the corners, now with one out for Jeter.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: Dickerson steals a bag and Jeter gets the run in with an RBI grounder to third. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: The Mariners pulled back into a 1-1 tie on Ichiro’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third. That’s their second hit of the game, and Hughes ended the inning with a grounder up the middle.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Teixeira goes deep and it’s a 2-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: A three-run fourth off King Felix, and still just one out with Gardner at second after his second hit of the night.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Dickerson practically screams “Play me more against right-handers!” with a no-doubt, two-run shot to right. It’s now 6-1.
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: Hughes with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, gets out of it with a shallow pop fly and fly ball to deep center. Big moment for Hughes, and it keeps the Yankees lead at 6-1. Hughes is at 99 pitches, so his night might be over.
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: First career hit for Austin Romine, and the ball goes into the Yankees dugout.
UPDATE, 12:14 p.m.: Cano has broken the game open with a three-run double in the seventh. It’s a 9-1 Yankees lead, and I’m guessing some September call-ups are getting loose.