Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (9-7, 4.33)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (45-44)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis LF
J.P. Arencibia C
RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-7, 4.36)
Alvarez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Gorgeous. It’s quite not as humid as it was yesterday with a decent little breeze, but it’s still in the 90s. It’s expected to drop into the high 80s during the game.
UMPIRES: HP Tim McClelland, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Brian Runge
LATE SWITCH: After experiencing neck stiffness after batting practice, A-Rod and Chavez have swapped. A-Rod was originally scheduled to play third, but he’ll now DH with Chavez patrolling the hot corner. Remember, A-Rod is hitting .353 in 22 games as the DH this season. He also has a homer and three RBI in three career at-bats against Alvarez.
OPENING STRONG: The Yankees are 20-9 in series openers so far this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only the Cleveland Indians have a higher winning percentage in openers (21-8).
BOMB SQUAD: After hitting four more long balls in yesterday’s 10-8 loss to the Angels, the Yankees now have hit a Major-League high 142 homers in 2012, including 41 in their last 21 games. That marks the highest total in franchise history through 88 games and the fifth highest total for any team all-time through the same amount of games. They’re on pace for 261 home runs, which would break the franchise record of 244 set in 2009. The Mariners have the all-time record of 264, which was set in 1997.
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UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Swisher just got caught looking at a fastball that had some late breaking action back over the plate with the bases loaded. The Yankees leave them all stranded, and we’re still scoreless through one inning.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: After spending the day getting ripped here on the blog, Martin takes Alvarez opposite field with two outs in the second to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. It was a wall-scrapper, but they all count, and that was a big one for Martin’s psyche.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Back-to-back doubles from A-Rod and Cano extend the Yankees’ lead to 2-0 in the third. Cano’s laser past a diving Bautista in RF gives him a career-high 19 game hitting streak. As for A-Rod, his average when DHing continues to rise.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Hughes has been pretty good so far, allowing only two hits through four innings, but one of them was a solo shot from Lind in the fourth. It’s now 2-1 Yanks.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: The Jays tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth on Edwin Encarnacion’s scathing double to deep left-center. This guy has been killing the ball all night, but Hughes escaped the inning without any further damage. He’s at 100 pitches on the nose and may be done.