Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix DH
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-3, 4.05)
Kuroda vs. Angels
Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
John Hester C
LHP C.J. Wilson (5-5, 4.33)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Cloudy but comfortable. Wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Everitt, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Laz Diaz
AFTER THE BREAK: The Yankees play their first game after the All-Star break with the Majors’ best record. Their .612 winning percentage is tied with the 1996 team for the Yankees seventh-highest All-Star break mark over the past 30 years. They reached the All-Star break with the AL East division lead for the second time since 2005 (also 2009). They have have won the division eight of the last nine times they have led at the break (1996, ‘98-2004; did not win in 2010).
HITTING AND PITCHING: Offensively, the Yankees lead the Majors with a .459 slugging percentage, rank third with a .336 on-base percentage and have scored the sixth-most runs (412). … Yankees pitchers have combined for the ninth-lowest ERA (3.73) in the Majors and have surrendered the ninth-fewest runs (347), while striking out the fourth-most batters (713).
AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE: The Yankees open the second half against the Angels, but they play 44 of their remaining 77 games against teams in the American League East. They play seven games against current division leaders (four against Texas, three at Chicago).
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: I’ve been wrapping up some early stories and was jumping onto the blog to write a quick update about how little has happened so far …. then Erick Aybar went deep. It’s a solo homer in the third inning to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Teixeira just hit a line drive that left the park in a half second, tops. It’s a 2-1 Yankees lead in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Leadoff triple goes nowhere for the Yankees. A little too familiar, no? Good news is that Kuroda is rolling into the seventh, still holding that 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Scratch that. Kuroda’s not rolling any more. A single, a hit batter and a massive, three-run homer by Mark Trumbo has put the Angels back in front 4-2 in the seventh. Trumbo cleared the bullpen in left center.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Chance to take the lead here in the eighth after Teixeira’s second homer of the game. Yankees have a runner at second with two outs and Ibanez at the plate.