Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (5-0, 3.51)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Bill Hall DH
Steve Tolleson 3B
Xavier Avery LF
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (3-0, 2.68)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Slight chance of rain tonight, but right now it looks pretty promising.
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Adrian Johnson, 3B Gary Cederstrom
POWER VS. POWER: The Yankees are second in baseball with 55 home runs this season. The Orioles lead the Majors with 57. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are the only team in the Majors that has not won a game in which they have not homered this season. The Yankees are 20-8 when they hit a home run, 0-7 when they don’t.
CANO CAN: In his past eight games, Robinson Cano is hitting .469 (15-for-32) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. He?has raised his season average from .255 to .303 over the stretch.?
GRANDY MAN: After last night’s homer, Curtis Granderson is tied for second in the American League and third in the Majors with 12 home runs this season. He trails only Josh Hamilton (18 homers) and Carlos Beltran (13).
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: That’s Jones’ 11th homer of the season and the Orioles have a 1-0 lead in the first. The Yankees only base runner has been a leadoff walk by Rodriguez in the top of this inning.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: There’s a wasted opportunity for the Yankees. A pair of singles had runners at first and second with one out, but Nick Swisher hit into an inning-ending double play. The Yankees are through three innings without scoring a run.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Double, bunt single and a hit batter have loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third. Sabathia has J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones coming up next. Tough spot. Obviously.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Double play and a ground ball to second. Sabathia limits the damage, but one run scores and it’s 2-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Sabathia’s been limiting the damage and getting out of trouble, but the Yankees are going to have to score some runs for him. Obviously this isn’t Sabathia’s finest work, but he’s giving the offense a chance.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: So much for limiting the damage. An RBI double by J.J. Hardy has pushed the Orioles lead to 3-0, meanwhile the Yankees have just two hits.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Cano’s bobble, Jeter’s not at the bag in time for the out and the Orioles have another run in the sixth. Freddy Garcia is starting to get loose for the Yankees. It’s a 4-0 Baltimore lead. Sabathia has allowed four earned runs once in his past five starts.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Avery’s not too happy about it in left field, but Granderosn has his 13th homer of the season to put the Yankees on the board and make it a 4-2 game in the seventh. He barely got it over the wall and Avery thought fans got in his way of an over-the-wall catch.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Stewart threw out Jones at second but didn’t get the call, then Jones scored on a passed ball. So it goes. It’s 5-2 Orioles.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: That might have been the Yankees chance to do something, but Cano grounds into the double play and the Orioles get out of the eighth without allowing a run. It’s still 5-2. The Yankees have one more chance at the plate.