Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62 in 2011)
Garcia vs. Orioles
Endy Chavez LF
JJ Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (NR)
Went 8-10, 2.68 with Chunichi-JPCL in 2011
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Colder than last night with some breeze blowing in from center field.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Welke, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Paul Schrieber
FOUR FOR 2: Derek Jeter had four hits yesterday, marking his 41st career game with at least four hits. He tied Alex Rodriguez for the second-most games of four-or-more hits among active players, trailing Ichiro Suzuki (47). Jeter has recorded four hits in a game this early into a season twice before (also the third game of 2001 and fourth game of 1997). His seven hits through his first four games of the season mark his highest total after four games since 2005 when he also had seven hits.
IN THE ZONE: Last night, Ivan Nova, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined for 10strikeouts without walking a batter. It was the fourth time in the past four seasons that Yankees pitchers struck out 10 or more batters without allowing a walk.
GONE STREAKING: Ivan Nova has won 13 consecutive decisions, tied for the fourth-longest such streak by a Yankee since 1920, trailing only Roger Clemens (16: 5/26-9/19/01), Whitey Ford (14: 6/2-8/10/61) and Steve Sundra (14: 9/22/38-9/20/39).
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: Welcome to the big leagues Wei-Yin Chen. Jeter leads off with a homer and Swisher follows with a double to the wall.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Gardner’s in left field to play defense, but there was nothing he could do about that one. Hardy goes deep to tie the game at 1 in the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: After two runs and two wild pitches in the first inning, Garcia gets through the second with two strikeouts and a runner caught stealing.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Garcia is all over the place today. That’s four wild pitches already today. Meanwhile, Russell Martin was called for an error when he dropped the ball while trying to make a quick tag at the plate. Tough error when he was run into while applying the tag. It’s 3-1 Orioles, and it doesn’t look like Garcia’s going to last much longer.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hey look, the Yankees can shift too!
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Freddy Garcia threw four wild pitches last season. He’s thrown five tonight, and the fifth one gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. He’s finished after 4.2 innings, becoming the second Yankees starter to go less than five innings in his first start of the season.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: David Phelps gets out of the fifth with a ground ball to short and the Yankees have four innings to erase a three-run deficit. They haven’t scored since Jeter’s leadoff homer.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Bases-loaded sac fly by Jones pulls the Yankees within 4-2. Cano seemed to break late from third base, but he just beat the play at the plate.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Three runs in the fifth have tied the game at 3. Of course, it’s Brett Gardner who delivers the final blow with a game-trying single to right. It’s Gardner’s second hit of the game.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Close play at the plate, but with no outs and Rodriguez-Teixeira-Granderson coming up, that’s a bad send at third base. Took a great throw to make the play, but still. Not worth the risk.
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Hello again. I’ve written about a dozen different versions of my game story, trying to be ready for anything in these late innings, but these two bullpens just keep holding on. The Yankese have gotten 6.1 scoreless innings from five different relievers, including 2.1 each from Cory Wade and rookie David Phelps.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: RBI double by Ibanez has the Yankees in front. Why not walk Ibanez and face Stewart? Whatever, the Orioles pitched to Ibanez and paid for it.