1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Raul Ibanez DH
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Mark Teixeira 1B
8. Russell Martin C
9. Dewayne Wise LF
Phil Hughes RHP
1. Jarrod Dyson CF
2. Eric Hosmer 1B
3. Billy Butler DH
4. Mike Moustakas 3B
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Alex Gordon LF
7. Irving Falu 2B
8. Alcides Escobar SS
9. Humberto Quintero C
Luke Hochevar RHP
TV/Radio: MY9/WCBS 880
Umpires: Mark Wegner HP, Mike Muchlinski 1B, Wally Bell 2B, Mike Winters 3B
Weather: 67 degrees, mostly cloudy
Negative numbers: The Yankees are 6 for their last 72 with runners in scoring position and 7 for 37 overall this season with the bases loaded.
More negative numbers, or at least even numbers: This 21-21 start marks the latest the Yankees have been at .500 since they were 33-33 heading into play on June 12, 2008.
Jeter watch: The Captain owns 3,148 hits, 16th on the all-time list. Paul Waner is 15th at 3,152 and George Brett is 14th at 3,154.
Update, 7:12: Impressive start for Phil Hughes, 1-2-3 first, looking for his fourth straight good outing.
Update, 7:28: Hughes hitting 94 mph, two perfect innings now.
Update, 7:34: Boos for Teixeira after rapping into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. Teixeira now 3 for his last 17. Swisher is now 3 for his last 28.
Update, 7:42: Hughes hangs a curve and Humberto Quintero lines it into the right-field corner for a double and a 1-0 lead in the third.
Update, 7:53: Jeter raps into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, doesn’t get booed.
Update, 7:59: Jeff Francoeur takes a 2-0 pitch over the scoreboard in left, 2-0. I began the game wondering if Hughes was going to have to pitch a shutout to tie.
Update, 8:07: Cano puts No. 5 into the Yankees’ bullpen, 2-1 in the fourth, two hits now for the Yankees.
Update, 8:09: A-Rod running aggressively again, single and steal.
Update, 8:22: Seven Ks for Hughes through five.
Update, 8:26: Teixeira on second with no outs after a single and an error, RISP time.
Update, 8:30: Bases loaded, nobody out. They’ve got to get a run in here, don’t they?
Update, 8:34: Jeter lines a single to right, 2-2, bases still loaded. An actual hit with a runner in scoring position.
Update, 8:36: Granderson grounds to second, 3-2 Yankees.
Update, 8:37: Royals intentionally walk Cano, so A-Rod comes up with the bases loaded.
Update, 8:39: A-Rod fans trying to check his swing, two outs for Ibanez.
Update, 8:42: Ibanez goes down swinging. Apparently, this RISP problem isn’t cured.
Update, 8:52: Bases loaded, two outs for the Royals in the sixth. Hughes is at 104 pitches.
Update, 8:53: Hughes gets Falu to fly to left-center. So another good outing for Hughes, two runs, five hits, seven Ks, two walks, six innings.
Update, 9:01: Cory Wade on for the seventh.
Update, 9:04: Boone Logan comes on after Wade gets two quick outs.
Update, 9:16: Hochevar is done after 6 2/3, down 3-2. Lefty Jose Mijares comes on.
Update, 9:23: Logan doesn’t get over to first fast enough, Mark Teixeira can’t get to the bag and Eric Hosmer has a gift infield single thanks to Logan. Cody Eppley comes on with no outs here in the eighth.
Update, 9:27: Eppley gets a fly ball. Girardi mixing and matching. Clay Rapada coming in.
Update, 9:30: Rapada does his job quickly, liner to first, double play.
Update, 9:37: Soriano will try to close it out.
Update, 9:42: Soriano gives up a ground-rule double to Alex Gordon, one out.
Update, 9:47: Yankees win, 3-2.