Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
RHP David Phelps (2-3, 2.42)
Phelps vs. Rangers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Michael Young DH
David Murphy LF
Geovany Soto C
Mitch Moreland 1B
RHP Ryan Dempster (1-0, 6.35)
Dempster vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: It’s pretty hot, and feels much hotter after these past two series in Detroit and Toronto.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Marty Foster
BEST IN THE LEAGUE: The Yankees have the second-best record in the American League behind Texas, who’s a half-game better. The Yankees have the fourth-best record in the Majors, also trailing Washington (71-44) and Cincinnati (69-46). The Yankees?are 20 games over .500, three shy of their season high.
ALL OR NOTHING: Over their last two games, the Yankees have scored 11 of their 12 runs with two outs. They are batting .403 (27-for-67) with eight doubles, four homers and 39 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs in August.
LITTLE OF BOTH: New Yankees reliever Derek Lowe is one of three pitchers all time with at least 160 career wins and at least 80 career saves (also John Smoltz and Dennis Eckersley).
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Broken-bat single brings in a run for Texas. Phelps got out of the inning on the next pitch, but he’s roughly a third of the way through his pitch limit after just one inning. It’s 1-0 Rangers.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Actually thought that was a pretty good pitch from Phelps. It was a 1-2 curveball down, but obviously not down enough. Murphy gets it out for a 2-0 Rangers lead in the second. Guess he should have bounced it.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Phelps has such a good move to first. He gets a pickoff to end the second inning, but he’s already at 37 pitches.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Phelps picks off another one, this time getting Andrus too far off second base for the second out of the third inning. He then induced a routine grounder to third and he’s through the inning.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Swisher’s 200th career homer is his sixth career grand slam. The Yankees are now up 4-2 in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Bases loaded again and Granderson almost hits a slam. Instead, his sac fly goes to deep center field, scoring one more run and pushing the Yankees lead to 5-2.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: A little Dixie Chicken played between innings on a day members of Little Feat sat in the bleachers for role call. Nice touch.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Phelps sends the top of the order down in order to get through the fifth. He’s in line for the win, and surely he’s finished after 78 pitches. That’s a fine spot start from the rookie.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Here’s Lowe to start the sixth.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Wow. Chavez goes very deep, over the home bullpen, to extend the Yankees lead to 6-2.