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 Ivan Nova (4-2, 5.69)
Nova vs. Angels
Mike Trout LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Dan Haren (2-5, 3.76)
Santana vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: Not looking forward to Detroit, let’s put it that way.
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Tim Welke
WATCH OUT FOR BROOMS: The Yankees have been swept twice this season, both on the road (three games in Tampa to open the season, and two games in Toronto earlier this month). This series marks the second time this season the Yankees have lost the first two games of a three-game set.
AVOID THE BROOMS: The last time the Yankees were swept in a series of three-or-more games immediately after sweeping a series of three-or-more games was July 2009 heading into the All-Star break. They went 3-0 at Minnesota, then were swept in three games here at Angel Stadium.
TOUGH NIGHT: Robinson Cano went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts last night. It was just the 20th time in his career he failed to record a hit in a game in which he had at least five at-bats. It was just the seventh time he had such a game and struck out twice. He has struck out twice in a game six times this season, three of which have come against the Angels, including each of the first two games of this series.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Jeter moves to cover second base because Trout is running, Callaspo shoots a single through the resulting hole in the left side of the infield. The lesson: Don’t plunk a speedy leadoff hitter.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Runners at the corners with one out, Chavez grounds to first for an inning-killing 3-6-3 double play.
UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: Well the Yankees have hit a home run, so at least we now know it’s possible for them to win this game. Granderson’s three-run shot has put them in front 3-1 in teh third.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: There goes Cano’s eighth of the year and it’s now 5-1 Yankees. He really crushed that one.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: So it’s going to be this kind of game, huh? A two-run homer by Trumbo has pulled the Angels back within 5-3. Anyone else have the feeling we haven’t seen the last run of the night?
UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: And there’s Mike Trout with a two-run double. That kid really looks special. Tons of speed and he can really hit. We’re tied at 5. Get comfortable, folks.
UPDATE, 12:00 a.m.: Finally a ball that Bourjos couldn’t track down. The Angels center fielder couldn’t quite catch a deep drive by Ibanez, and it went off the wall for a standup triple. Swisher followed with a sac fly and the Yankees have a 6-5 lead. Nova is back out for the sixth needing to keep the Angels from another big inning.
UPDATE, 12:37 a.m.: There’s a bit of redemption for Wade. After allowing a walkoff home run two nights ago, he just struck out Howie Kendrick to leave runners at the corners in the seventh. It’s still 6-5.