Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 4.94)
Hughes vs. Angels
Mike Trout LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Jered Weaver (6-1, 2.61)
Weaver vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 9:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s, dipping into the 60s. Even the worst days out here are awfully good.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Mike Everitt
ONE BIG HOLIDAY: The Yankees are 22-17 on Memorial Day since 1971, when the holiday first began to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. They did not play on Memorial Day in 1973, 2004 or 2005. The Yankees have won their last three Memorial Day games, and this year marks the fifth time the Yankees will face the Angels on Memorial Day (also 1984, ‘86, ‘87 and ‘96) going 2-2 in those games.
TAKE THE DAY OFF: The Yankees will not play at home on Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day in the same season for the first time since 2006.
GONE STREAKING: The Yankees have won five straight and the Angels have won six in a row. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the first time the Yankees and their opponent are each on a winning streak of at least five games since April of 1992 when the Yankees (5-0) and Blue Jays (6-0) met with neither team having lost a game to start the season. The Yankees won that game, 5-2, at the SkyDome.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Overheard after Jeter’s leadoff single: “Did he pass anyone with that one? Do I have to write about it?” Hilarious. And fair.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Single. Single. E-6. Just like that it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead with no outs and runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Well this is an interesting development. Weaver is out of the game after apparently hurting his leg on a pitch to Robinson Cano. That’s a huge break for the Yankees. Doesn’t matter who else pitches in this game, he won’t be better than Weaver.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Sac fly makes it 2-0, still in the first.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Apparently it’s a lower-back injury for Weaver.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Another Angels error. Another Yankees run. It’s 3-0. This game really couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for the Angels.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Trumbo actually looked like he was beat on that pitch, but he slapped the ball right down the line, just fair, for an RBI double that’s pulled the Angels within 3-2.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Now a two-run single by Kendrick has put the Angels in front 4-3.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Hughes threw a lot of strikes, but he got only one swing and miss. An infield single was bad luck, and a pretty decent pitch resulted in an RBI double that fell just fair, but the Angels also hit a ton of balls hard. Kind of a mixed bag that was more bad than good, and it’s a 4-3 Angels lead after one inning.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: There’s Granderson with his 15th homer of the year. Hard to believe he’s the best raw power hitter in this lineup, but that really seems to be the case right now.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: More hard-hit balls in the second inning, but Hughes got through it this time with the game still tied at 4.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Strange game just keeps getting stranger. Swisher and Granderson, who nearly ran into one another in the first inning, just smashed into one another here in the third. Swisher had the ball in his glove, but the ball shot loose on impact and the resulting triple led to the go-ahead run.
UPDATE, 10:44 pm.: Trout can play, and his fifth homer of the year has given the Angels a 6-4 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: Teixeira’s ninth homer of the year pulls the Yankees within one. He really is driving the ball this past week or so.
UPDATE, 11:56 pm.: It’s been a weird night, so why not have Russell Martin come through with the biggest hit of the game? His two-out, two-run double has tied the game in the seventh.