Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 5.64)
Hughes vs. Tigers
Quintin Berry CF
Danny Worth 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Don Kelly LF
Omir Santos C
RHP Justin Verlander (5-3, 2.55)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: There’s actually some sun today. I can’t believe it myself.
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Dan Bellino, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Bob Davidson
ON THE RUN: The Yankees stole a season-high five bases last night. That’s their most in any game the past three years (they also strole five twice in June of 2011). Last night marked their most stolen bases in a road game since May 26, 2009 at Texas. They have been successful in 19 of their last 21 attempts, and have been successful in 32 of 39 overall in 2012, the third-highest percentage in the Majors.
THE OLD MAN CAN RUN: Alex Rodriguez is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts, his most in a season since 2009. He has successfully stolen his last 10 bases — dating back to last year — without being caught.
THAT’S A WRAP: The Yankees are 10-7 in series finales this season and have won their last three. The?are 5-4 in finales on the road. The Yankees have had five of their past 13 games decided by one run (going 2-3). Overall this season, they are 6-6 in one-run contests (2-4 on the road).
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Jeter was wrong. The Yankees did score again. His leadoff homer in the first has put the Yankees in front 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Broken bat sacrifice fly by Teixeira — and a nice slide by Granderson — have given the Yankees another run and a 2-0 lead as Hughes goes to the mound.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: It’s fun to watch Eric Chavez go get a ball again. His sliding catch in foul territory has ended the second inning with the Yankees still in front 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: There’s the ninth home run of the year for Alex Rodriguez, his second of the series, for a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Fielder goes deep, but Hughes gets through the next three to end the fourth with the Yankees in front 3-1.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Double by Granderson, triple by Cano and a throwing error by the Tigers. See, this offense thing isn’t so tough. Two more runs and a 5-1 lead for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Raise your hand if you expected Hughes to outpitch Verlander today.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Raise your hand if you expected Hughes to pitch into the ninth inning today. He’s out there now, about to start the final inning with a 5-1 lead.