Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.02)
Nova vs. Orioles
Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Nick Johnson DH
Robert Andino 2B
RHP Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.09)
Hammel vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Rainy and gross out. What happened to 80 and sunny?
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Lance Barksdale, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Adrian Johnson
A GOOD START: Through additions, subtractions and improved performances, the Yankees have seen their rotation begin to look like a legitimate strength recently. During their just-completed six-game homestand, Yankees starters went 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA (40.2IP, 35H, 9ER, 14BB, 29K, .233 opponents batting average).
UP NEXT FOR JETER: Derek Jeter has 3,142 career hits and is currently tied with Robin Yount for 16th place on Baseball’s all-time hits list. In 15th place is Hall of Famer Paul Waner, who is the only player in Major League history with more hits than Jeter and who also played for the Yankees. Waner had 3,152 career hits, just one of which with the Yankees (9/1/44 vs. Washington in his first at-bat with the club). Waner played in 10 combined games for the Yankees during the war years of 1944-45, going 1-for-7 in 10 plate appearances.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Curtis Granderson played in his 1,000th career game on Sunday, becoming the 10th player on the Yankees roster to reach the plateau (also Jeter, Rodriguez, Jones, Ibanez, Teixeira, Chavez, Swisher, Cano and Rivera). The Yankees are the first team in the Majors to have 10-or-more such players since the 2009 Dodgers had 11 1,000-game players. Among current teams, Philadelphia is second with eight such players.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: After the Yankees left a runner stranded in the top of the first, Avery has opened the bottom of the first with a double to right-center.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: RBI single. RBI double. The Orioles are up 2-0 and have made just one out.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Robinson Cano helps out to turn a double play and get Nova through the second inning. Still 2-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Looks like Nova’s OK after taking a comebacker off the right foot/ankle. It leads to an infield single for Markakis here in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Well, Robinson Cano nearly killed Alex Rodriguez with a line drive to right, but Rodriguez got out of the way just in time and the Yankees have two on with one out and Nick Swisher at the plate.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: For you Rangers fans out there, be sure to follow our buddy Carp’s Rangers blog through the rest of the playoffs.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Swisher comes through with a game-tying double to right-center and it’s 2-2 in the top of the fourth. The Yankees have made one out this inning, and of course it was Teixeira.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: The Yankees settle for their two runs and a tied game, leaving Swisher stranded as they head into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Big double play and a big strikeout get Nova out of trouble in the bottom of the fourth, keeping the game tied at 2 as Martin leads off in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Curtis Granderson just crushed his 12th homer of the year to put the Yankees in front 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Well that didn’t last long. RBI triple by Xavier Avery tied the game, then J.J. Hardy went deep for a 5-3 Orioles lead here in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Big opportunity here. Luis Ayala is in for the Orioles and the Yankees have the bases loaded with no one out and Raul Ibanez coming to the plate.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Error for Davis, two runs for the Yankees and a 5-5 tie in the ball game.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Nice job by Ayala to strikeout Jeter and get Granderson to fly out to right. The error coast the Orioles and helped the Yankees, leading to two runs on one hit and trying the game 5. Nova’s heading back out for the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Looks like Nova rolled his ankle fielding that chopper. I only saw one replay and it was hard to see anything too drastic on the play, but he limped off the field and needed help getting into the bullpen. He’s out, Rapada is in. Seems likely he was coming out anyway with two lefties coming up.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Two-out walk and now Phelps is in to face Andino.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Wouldn’t ya know it… two-run homer by Teixeira has given the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Deepest part of the park contains a long fly ball by J.J. Hardy, and a nice running catch by Granderson turns it into an out. It’s still 7-5.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Yankees just announced that Ivan Nova has a right foot/ankle contusion and sprain. X-rays were negative. Also, Clay Rapada has a viral infection.