Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Casey McGehee 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.08)
Hughes vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Endy Chavez LF
Omar Quintanilla 2B
LHP Zach Britton (1-0, 5.74)
Britton vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Warm and humid, but at least the clouds are starting to go away.
UMPIRES: HP Alan Porter, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Derryl Cousins
FOUR DOWN: The Yankees have lost a season-high-tying four straight games (they also lost four straight in Oakland two weeks ago). They became the last team in the Majors to have a four-game losing streak this season, and they are one of three teams that has yet to lose five straight (also Cincinnati and Tampa Bay).
AVOID THE BROOMS: The Yankees are looking to avoid being swept for the fourth time this season. It would be their first sweep at home. The Yankees have not been swept by the Orioles — in at least a three-game series — since April 15-17, 2005 at Camden Yards. They have not been swept at home by Baltimore in a series of at least three games since 1986.
GOOD IN THE END: The Yankees are 21-12 in series finales this season. They’ve won seven of the last 10, but they are 2-3 in games when facing a series a sweep.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Long home run for Granderson, his 29th of the season. The Yankees are quickly up 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Mark Reynolds’ double proved costly in the second inning, moving the lead runner to third and letting him score on a grounder to first. The Orioles are on the board, with the Yankees still up 2-1.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: McGehee and Nix reach base ahead of Jeter, who singles through the right side of the infield to push the Yankees lead to 3-1. Good baserunning by Nix to take third on the play.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Swisher’s looked pretty good since coming back, hasn’t he? His second hit of the day is an RBI single to make it 4-1 in the second.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Jayson Nix has this game in control. His ground rule double has scored another run, it’s 5-1 Yankees and the Orioles are into their bullpen in the third inning. Meanwhile, at this pace, we’re going to be here until next Monday, so get comfortable. This looks like a long day at the park.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Oh, and Jeter too. That’s also his second hit of the game — he’s been to the plate in each of these first three innings — and he’s driven in two more runs. It’s now 7-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Good grief. Apparently the Yankees learned a thing or two from the Orioles second inning last night. They just scored seven runs in the third, all with two outs, capped by a grand slam. It’s 11-1 Yankees after three innings. The Yankees already have 10 hits.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Looked like Hughes had the strikeout one pitch earlier, but he’ll take it on the 2-2 pitch as well. Hughes retired three in a row to leave a pair of runners stranded in the fourth inning. That’s his first strikeout of the game. He’s done a good job limiting the damage this afternoon.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Probably not the way Chamberlain imagined this going. In his return to the big leagues, Joba allowed a homer on his second pitch and has now given up a pair of one-run singles.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Double play gets him out of the inning.