Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 5.50)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (20-18)
Kelly Johnson 2B
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Ben Francisco DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Yan Gomes 3B
Rajai Davis LF
RHP Drew Hutchison (2-1, 5.53)
Hutchison has never faced any of the Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Not as cool as last night. Last night they wound up closing the roof pretty early. So far it’s still open tonight.
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Dan Iassogna
AS GOOD AS BRIAN ROBERTS: Last night, Robinson Cano’s 300th career double came in his 1,090th game. According to Elias, that’s the fewest games needed to reach the mark in Yankees franchise history.?Elias also says that just two other active players reached the mark in fewer games: Todd Helton and Brian Roberts. Raise your hand if you were expecting to see Roberts’ name there.
EVERYDAY GRANDY: Curtis Granderson has played in all 328.1 innings the Yankees have played this season, all in centerfield. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of eight players in the Majors to appear in the field for every one his team’s innings played thus far in 2012: Also Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Atlanta’s Dan Uggla, Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino, the Cubs’ Starlin Castro, Miami’s Hanley Ramirez and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto.
ON THIS DATE: Today marks the 14th anniversary of David Wells’ perfect game against the Twins in 1998.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Hughes didn’t look particularly sharp when that first inning started, but he settled in for two big strikeouts to get through it scoreless. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead on Cano’s RBI double.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Hughes pitched around an error by Jeter to get through a scoreless second. It’s still 1-0 Yankees. Hughes has thrown 42 pitches.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Teixeira flies out with runners at first and second. So far, Yankees are 0-for-3 with RISP, but they lead 1-0.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Against Jose Bautista, Hughes fell behind 3-0, brought the count even with two called strikes, had two fastballs fouled off, and then Bautista hit a two-run homer to left. That’s his 10th of the year and second of the series. It’s a 2-1 Blue Jays lead in the third.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Make that 0-for-5 with a double play ball with runners in scoring position.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Hughes breaks a bat to strand runners at second and third in the fourth inning. It’s still 2-1. Hughes is walking a tightrope from time to time, but he’s been getting the job done except for that two-run homer. As usual, the Yankees need some runs.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Cory Wade strands two of Hughes’ base runners in the sixth to keep it a 2-1 game. Hughes was in trouble all night, but he allowed just two runs on the Bautista homer. It’s the fourth straight start in which he’s pitched into the sixth inning, something he did only once in his first four starts.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Wade has been terrific this season, and he got the Yankees out of trouble an inning ago, but he just allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Arencibia here in the seventh and it’s now a 4-1 Blue Jays lead.