Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF
RHP Phil Hughes (1-4, 7.48)
Hughes vs. Royals
Jarrod Dyson CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Mike Moustakas 3B
Mitch Maier RF
Chris Getz 2B
Irving Falu SS
Humberto Quintero C
RHP Luke Hochevar (2-2, 7.36)
Hochever vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:10 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: Supposed to rain off and on all day. Could be here for a while today.
UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Vic Carapazz, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Greg Gibson
ONE AWAY: Curtis Granderson has 999 career hits and needs one to reach 1,000. Granderson?has reached base safely (hit or walk) in each of his past 26 games after failing to reach base on Opening Day, marking the longest current streak in the Majors and the longest such stretch of his career.
PETTITTE IN ROCHESTER: Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make a Triple-A start at 2:05 this afternoon. Included extended spring training, Pettitte has made five minor league starts this year, totaling 22.2 innings pitched, 25 hits, 11 earned runs, one walk and 21 strikeouts.
ON THIS DATE: On May 6, 1930, the Yankees acquired Red Ruffing from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Cedric Durst. Ruffing would go on to a 231-124 record with the Yankees, winning at least 20 games each year from 1936 through 1939.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Jeter leads off with a double and is left stranded. I think we’ve seen that before.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Hughes is sitting at 94-95 mph with his fastball, but an RBI double by Billy Butler has given the Royals a 1-0 lead after an inning. Hughes threw 20 pitches that inning.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: RBI single by Raul Ibanez and the Yankees have tied the game at 1. That’s Ibanez’s 13th RBI of the season.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Irving Falu’s first major league plate appearance is a two-out triple off Hughes in the bottom of the second. Needs to get the No. 9 hitter to get out of the inning.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: Hughes gets up to 96 mph to strikeout Quintero and end the second inning.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Dewayne Wise, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson are the hottest hitters on this team. Granderson’s 1,000th career hit has put the Yankees in front, 2-1.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Hey look, it’s Robinson Cano! His grand slam has doubled his season RBI total and given the Yankees a 6-1 lead in the third.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Welcome back Swish. His seventh homer of the year has chased Hochever from the game and given the Yankees a 7-1 lead.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Hughes has been throwing a few more offspeed pitches this second time through the order, but his fastball is still getting up to 94-95 mph regularly. He hasn’t allowed a run since that one in the first. He’s struck out five, walked one and the results look a lot better than Andy Pettitte’s in Rochester.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: A two-out RBI single by Alex Gordon has given the Royals another run. Hughes is through five innings allowing two runs and striking out five. He’s not being as efficient as you’d like, but Hughes certainly looks better than he did last month.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Hughes went back out for the seventh at 103 pitches. He got the first two batters out but was lifted after a two-out homer by Quintero. Sharp outing for Hughes.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Three-run homer by Rodriguez. Barring something brutal in these last two innings, this has been an overwhelmingly positive day for the Yankees. Its’ a 10-3 lead in the top of the eighth.