Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 2B
Phil Hughes P
RHP Phil Hughes (6-5, 4.76)
Hughes vs. Nationals
Steve Lombardozzi LF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse RF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jesus Flores C
Gio Gonzalez P
LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-2, 2.35)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Beautiful day here in D.C., but it’s hard to pay attention to the sky when I keep looking beyond left field to see the Capitol dome. Very, very cool.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Jeff Kollogg, 3B Eric Cooper
PLAYING WELL: The Yankees and Nationals are each currently riding a six-game winning streak. According to Elias, the last time the Yankees played a game in which both they and their opponent entered with winning streaks of six or more games was September 16, 1968 at Detroit with the Yankees carrying a 10-game winning streak into the game against the Tigers who were on a six-game winning streak. The Tigers won, 9-1.
FROM THE LEFT SIDE: Boone Logan has had 10 consecutive scoreless outings since May 22. He has allowed one earned run in 17 appearances on the road this season, having surrendered a solo HR in his first road outing on April 8 in Tampa. He hasn’t allowed a left-handed batter to reach base since May 6 at Kansas City (Jarrod Dyson single).
FIRST TIME: The Yankees are playing their first game at Nationals Park. Since 1961, the Yankees are 18-18 in their debut games in stadiums built during the Expansion Era.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Gio Gonzalez looks sharp today. he’s already struck out five through the first two innings, and he just left a couple of runners stranded in the top of the second. It’s still a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Rodriguez with an RBI single to put the Yankees in front 1-0 in the third.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: After the Yankees got two runs in the top of the third, Hughes was able to limit the Nationals to one run in the bottom half, getting a key double play with the bases loaded to get out of trouble.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: My first presidents race. It was pretty great.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Apparently Nix has been watching some Cano videos. Nice play up the middle for the second out in the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: I might have pinch hit Chavez instead of Cano — only because it was clear the Nationals would walk either guy — but the end result was a positive for the Yankees, a big four-run inning to give them some breathing room. Phil Hughes has done his job and now the game is in the hands of the bullpen.