Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 9.00)
Hughes vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Jamey Carroll SS
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau DH
Ryan Doumit RF
Danny Valencia 3B
Chris Parmalee 1B
Alexi Casilla 2B
RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-2, 3.75)
Swarzak vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network/MLB Network
WEATHER: It says it’s 62 right now, but the temperature definitely feels like it’s dropping. I just put on a jacket, but the skies look clear, so rain shouldn’t be an issue.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B Phil Cuzzi.
CATCHING HIS IDOL: Derek Jeter enters tonight’s game with 3,109 career hits and is one-hit shy of matching his childhood idol Dave Winfield’s total. With Jeter looking reborn since reaching 3,000 hits last July, how many do you think he finishes his career with?
BOONE DOCKS: Lefty reliever Boone Logan has been lights out for the Yankees recently and is off to his best start in pinstripes. Last night marked just the third time in 285 career appearances that Logan recorded at least four strikeouts.
ON THIS DATE: On April 19, 1960, Roger Maris made his Yankees debut on Opening Day at Fenway Park. Maris went 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBI in an 8-4 win.
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UPDATE, 7:26 P.M.: Not the start that Hughes was looking for. He gave up four runs in the first, but all were unearned. An error from Nunez on a bad throw to first allowed Joe Mauer to reach. After striking out Josh Willingham for what should have been the final out of the inning, Hughes gave up a two-run single to Ryan Doumit and a two-run double to Danny Valencia. Doumit’s hit came against the shift, as he punched a ball through the vacated shortstop hole. Hughes threw 32 pitches. Nothing went right for the Yankees in that inning.
UPDATE, 7:40 P.M.: This is eerily similar to last night. After the Twins scored four runs in the top of the first, the Yanks responded with three in the bottom half of the inning. Granderson hit a solo homer, and Tex launched a two-run shot. That’s six straight at-bats where he’s hit the ball hard. He seems to be feeling very good at the plate after that day off on Tuesday. 4-3 Twins.
UPDATE, 7:50 P.M.: After that rough first, Hughes got through the second relatively quickly with 14 pitches. If he can managed to hold them to four runs and get through five innings, the Yankees would gladly take it at this point.
UPDATE, 8:06 P.M.: The Yankees are pounding the ball. A double from Nunez, an RBI single from Jeter (which tied him for 18th on the all-time hits list with Dave Winfield at 3,110), and a two-run homer from Granderson — all with two outs — gives the Yankees a 6-4 lead. A-Rod also singled, as the Yankees have seven hits through two innings.
UPDATE, 8:13 P.M.: A 1-2-3 inning for Hughes in the third, including strikeouts of Willingham and Morneau. Hughes is at 61 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:35 P.M.: Hughes gave up a double to Parmalee in the fourth, but that was it. He’s settled down and is at 78 pitches. The way that the first inning went, I would have never expected to see him come out for the fifth, but that should be the case now.
UPDATE, 8:46 P.M.: Granderson has made history tonight. He became the first Yankee since A-Rod on 08/14/10 to hit three homers in a game, and the first EVER to do it at the new Yankee Stadium. He’s homer in each of his first three at-bats, and may have three more ABs to come. It’s 7-4 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:52 P.M.: Hughes got through the fifth on 12 pitches, and is now at 90 for the games. There’s a good chance he comes out for the sixth, which would be a major confidence boost after the way this game started. The Twins have had just two baserunners since the first.
UPDATE, 9:10 P.M.: Hughes is done after 5.1 IP. He gave up a two-run homer to Doumit in the sixth which cut the Yankees lead to 7-6. Boone Logan is into pitch. Hughes’ final line: 5.1 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 103 pitches (62 strikes).
UPDATE, 9:31 P.M.: Granderson hit a hard single to right in his fourth at-bat, which came in between a walk to Nunez and A-Rod being hit by a pitch. That loaded the bases for Cano, who grounded into a double play to end the sixth inning. I thought they should have sent Nunez home on Granderson’s single. That insurance run would have been big. Still 7-6 Yanks.
UPDATE, 10:14 P.M.: Granderson is now 5 for 5 after an infield single in the eighth. That’s the first time he’s had five hits in a game since July of 2008. The Yankees bullpen has gotten the job done so far — once again — with Mo warming for the ninth.