Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 3.86)
Hughes vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendry Morales DH
Torii Hunter RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Chris Iannetta C
Peter Bourjos CF
LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 1.29)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., Fox Network
WEATHER: It’s 65 with relatively clear skies — a great day for baseball. It could get up to 75. I’m definitely regretting my decision to wear a sweater.
UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Mike DiMuro.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING: For the second time in franchise history, the Yankees have won four straight games following losses in each of their first three games of the season. They also did so in 1985.
SIR SWISH: After his bases-loaded double in the bottom of the first yesterday, Nick Swisher is now tied with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera for the AL lead with nine RBI. It took the switch-hitter 22 games to reach nine RBI last season.
ROAD WARRIOR: Since the start of 2011, Angels starter C.J. Wilson leads the AL among pitchers with a minimum of 100 innings pitched with a 2.25 road ERA. In 128 innings on the road, Wilson has allowed just 32 earned runs.
ON THIS DATE: On April 14, 1955, Elston Howard became the first African-American player in Yankees history, making his Major League debut in an 8-4 loss at Boston. He went 1 for 1 with an RBI.
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UPDATE, 1:18 P.M.: After allowing back-to-back singles to Kendrick and Pujols in the top of the first, Hughes strikes out Morales and Hunter to end the inning. His shortest at-bats were four pitches against Pujols and Hunter. He threw 25 pitches that inning. He won’t last long at that pace.
UPDATE, 1:34 P.M.: The Yankees waste back-to-back singles from Jeter and Swisher to start the bottom of the first. Cano strikes out looking, A-Rod nearly grounds into a double play, and Tex grounded out to Pujols on a check swing. Other than A-Rod’s big day yesterday, the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup have not been producing.
UPDATE, 1:44 P.M.: Iannetta takes advantage of the short porch in RF, just sneaking one over the wall and inside of the foul poll. The Yankees benefit from that all of the time, but it’s bound to work against them once in awhile. It’s 2-0 Angels after an inning and a half.
UPDATE, 1:52 P.M.: Yanks go down relatively easy in the bottom of the second, with only Martin reaching base on a walk. Jones hit a screamer to deep CF, but Bourjos somehow chased it down. He’s a very good defensive ballplayer.
UPDATE, 2:05 P.M.: Once again, Hughes’ pitch count is skyrocketing early. He gave up a leadoff single to Kendrick, followed by an RBI double from Pujols that was absolutely smoked to CF to make it 3-0 Angels. Hughes has five strikeouts, but he’s already up to 68 pitches after three innings. I can’t see him lasting much more than five innings at this pace.
UPDATE, 2:14 P.M.: The Yankees go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third, and the bats are looking stagnant. No hits since the back-to-back singles from Jeter and Swisher to start the game.
UPDATE, 2:25 P.M.: Not a good outing for Hughes, who is done after Kendrick’s 3-run homer knocks him out of the game with one out in the fourth. He gave up eight hits and six earned runs while striking out six. He threw 84 pitches in that span (52 for strikes), once again going into long counts and allowing the opposing team to drive up his pitch count. Velocity was the hot topic last year. This season it’s got to be efficiency. David Phelps is in to face Pujols.
UPDATE, 2:40 P.M.: Yanks strand runners on second and third as Martin pops out to right to end the fourth. It’s 6-0 Angels.
UPDATE, 2:49 P.M.: Phelps gives up a two-out blast to Wells to make it 7-0 Angels after four and a half innings. That was the 250th homer of Wells’ career.
UPDATE, 3:06 P.M.: The Yankees finally get on the board in the bottom of the fifth with Cano’s first RBI of the season (he punched an RBI single through the left side of the infield), but they could have done more after back-to-back singles from Nunez and Jeter to leadoff the inning. A-Rod got jammed and grounded out weakly, while Tex swung at the first pitch and lined out to short. 7-1 Angels.
UPDATE, 3:11 P.M.: Quick inning for Phelps, who sets down the top of the Angels order 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:23 P.M.: The Yankees’ struggles with men in scoring position continue. After Martin walked and Nunez reached on an error with two outs, Jeter popped out to right. Still 7-1 Angels going into the seventh.
UPDATE, 3:31 P.M.: Another pretty quick inning for Phelps in the top of the seventh. He’s pitch 3 2/3 innings now, allowing just the one hit (Wells’ homer). He’s walked two and struck out three. Kevin Jepsen is coming into pitch for the Angels.
UPDATE, 3:41 P.M.: Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Phelps is staying in the game to start the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:54 P.M.: We’re heading into the ninth, and the Yanks look pretty lifeless. They just went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and this place is starting to empty out. They don’t have a hit since Cano’s RBI single in the fifth.
UPDATE, 4:06 P.M.: Very nice outing for Phelps, who came out with two outs in the ninth: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Don’t really understand why Girardi took him out in that situation, but Clay Rapada got the final out. Last licks coming for the Yankees.