Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS
RHP Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.08)
Nova vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
RHP Chris Tillman (3-1, 1.66)
Tillman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: A lot like last night. Feels pretty nice. Not too warm. A few clouds in the sky.
UMPIRES: HP Derryl Cousins, 1B Alan Porter, 2B Jim Wolf, 3B Ron Kulpa
HEART AND HUSTLE: Prior to tonight’s game, Curtis Granderson was recognized as the Yankees winner of the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award. The annual award is given by the the MLB Players Alumni Association and recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
CLOSE CALL: Ten of the Yankees’ past 11 games have been decided by three runs or less, with six of the games being decided by one run. The Yankees are 0-6 in those one-run games, and the six straight losses is the team’s longest such skid since 1995 when they lost seven straight one-run decisions. That’s according to Elias. Each of the Yankees’ nine losses since the All-Star break have been by two runs or less.
NEED ONE: The Yankees need a win tonight to secure a winning record in July (they are 13-12 so far). The Yankees have recorded a winning record in the month of July in each of the past 19 seasons, a streak that started in 1993. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest winning stretch of Julys in Major League history. The previous record was 15, held by Pittsburgh (1899-1913). Aren’t you glad you know that?
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Double by Jeter. RBI single by Granderson. Two-run homer by Cano. See, it’s not that hard. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead and they have yet to make an out. The power of Joba!!!
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Tillman boots a comebacker, another run scores and it’s 4-0 Yankees. Orioles baseball is back!
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Well this wasn’t part of the plot. Nova is getting knocked aroundin the second, letting the Orioles pull within 5-3 with the bases loaded and Chris Davis at the plate.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Grand slam by Davis. That’s his 18th homer of the year and it puts the Orioles in front 7-5. This place is stunned.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: After three innings, it’s 8-5 Orioles, but Chris Tillman has actually thrown more pitches than Ivan Nova. Pretty ugly night for both starters.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Base knock for Ramiro Pena.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Things got pretty quiet once Nova left the game, but the Orioles are back at it with a two-run homer off Clay Rapada in the eighth. Those are the O’s first runs since the fifth.