Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (10-3, 3.92)
Nova vs. Angels
Mike Trout LF
Erick Aybar SS
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Jered Weaver (10-1, 1.96)
Weaver vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: It was raining earlier, but I haven’t seen a drop in about three hours. The forecast calls for possible thunderstorms, but it looks like it may hold off until later in the afternoon. It’s around 86 degrees right now, and very humid.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Paul Schrieber
PULLING AWAY: The Yankees enter today’s game with the best record in the majors to go along with the largest division lead in MLB. With yesterday’s 5-3 win, they tied their season-high lead of eight games.
SWEEPING SENSATION: The Yankees will be looking for their eighth series sweep of the season today, which is just one shy of last year’s total. It would also mark the first their first sweep of the Angels in a series of three games or more since 2003.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees lead the majors with 29 come-from-behind wins this season, with no other team having more than 25. They are on pace to have the second-highest total in team history. The franchise record of 61 come-from-behind wins was set in 2004.
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UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Nova gave up back-to-back homers to Aybar and Pujols in the first to give the Angels a 2-0 lead. Neither was a cheapie, but Nova bounced back with two straight strikeouts to end the inning.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: A-Rod evens the score at 2-2 with a blast over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the first. That was a very good sign, as A-Rod stayed back on the ball and put a beautiful opposite field swing on it. The homer broke a stretch of 49 at-bats without a long ball for A-Rod (and he’s not DHing!). The Yanks hit the ball hard off of Weaver in the first, with Cano lacing a single to center to tie his career-high hitting streak of 18 games.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Jeter gives the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the second on an RBI single with two outs, but he got tagged out after taking a big turn towards second to end the inning.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: The Angels have retaken the lead thanks to a sac fly from Callaspo and a two-run homer from Izturis. It’s 5-3 in the sixth, in large part thanks to some sloppy play from the Yankees on the basepaths. They’ve run themselves out of an inning or two.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Nova is done after 6+ innings. He didn’t have his best stuff today, but kept things from getting completely out of hand. Chad Qualls is coming in with runners on the corners and no outs. It’s 5-4 Angels after Granderson hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: The Yankees just can’t seem to stop the bleeding. After the Angels scored three runs in the eighth, Trumbo just led off the ninth with a laser over the left field wall. It’s 10-5 Angels.