Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (3-0, 5.18)
Nova vs. Orioles
Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
RHP Jake Arrieta (1-2, 4.45)
Arrieta vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: It’s around 50 here in the Bronx with fog and drizzle in the forecast. It’s not raining now, but there is a chance of showers.
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Dan Bellino, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Bob Davidson.
THE GRANDY MAN: After last night’s homer, Curtis Granderson enters tonight’s game tied for the AL with Texas’ Josh Hamilton with nine long balls. He leads the majors with eight home runs at home.
SEVEN YEARS ON THE JOB: It may be hard to believe, but today marks the seventh anniversary of Robinson Cano’s Major League debut. He played his first game against Tampa Bay and went 0 for 3.
ON THIS DATE: Lou Gerhig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played ended on May 2, 1939 when he did not play in the Yankees’ 22-2 win vs. Detroit at Briggs Stadium.
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UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Girardi did have a good point about Nova — the guy sure knows how to wiggle out of trouble. After giving up a single to Hardy and double off the LF wall to Markakis with one out, Cano made a great over-the-shoulder catch in shallow RF and Nova struck out Davis to get out of the jam without allowing a run. A-Rod singled in the bottom half of the first for the Yankees, but that would be it. We’re scoreless heading into the second.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Relatively quick second inning. Nova allowed a walk and no more, while the Yanks went down 1-2-3.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: After another quiet inning in the third, Wieters led off the fourth with a solo shot to RF. It’s 1-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Through four innings, A-Rod is 2 for 2, and the rest of the Yankees are 0 for 12. A-Rod sharply drove another single to CF, but nothing came of it. Cano continues to struggle. He was completely fooled by a breaking ball well out of the strike zone in an 0-2 count. Not a good sign.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Very strange fifth inning for the Yanks. With Chavez at the plate, he took a pitch to make the count 1-2. Suddenly, the Girardi and a trainer came out and had to help him off of the field. He looked dizzy, but it’s impossible to tell what caused it. Eduardo Nunez came into finish the at-bat, and struck out — but the strikeout is charged to Chavez, since he started the at-bat. No word on what Chavez’s injury is yet. The Yanks have a very thin bench now, with only Chris Stewart remaining among position players. Still 1-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Nova’s penchant for putting runners on finally comes back to bite him in the top of the sixth, as two walks and a groundout put runners on the corners. Andino drove in a run on an infield single, but Nunez snagged a liner and threw out the runner at first for your typical 5-5-3 inning ending double play to limit the damage. Nova is at 97 pitches, so I doubt we’ll see him come out for the seventh. It’s 2-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: A-Rod grounds into an inning ending double play to end the sixth. The Yankee bats have been awfully quiet tonight…
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: After giving up a solo homer to Markakis and a double off of the top of the LCF wall to Wieters, Nova is done with one out in the seventh. I was surprised to see Girardi keep him out there after the homer. Clay Rapada is into pitch. It’s 3-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: The Yanks have managed just five hits through five innings and haven’t had a runner get past second base. And into pitch the eighth is… Freddy Garcia. It’s 5-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: The Yankees go down 1-2-3 in the eighth. Arrieta has gotten through eight innings on 108 pitches. A great performance, but the Yankees have looked flat-out bad at the plate.