Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Steve Pearce DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
RHP Phil Hughes (12-11, 4.15)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (57-70)
Rajai Davis LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Yorvit Torrealba C
Mike McCoy 2B
Moises Sierra RF
Adeiny Hechavarria 3B
LHP Ricky Romero (8-11, 5.63)
Romero vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Actually feels very nice outside. Clear sky. Wind blowing out to right a little bit.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Chris Conroy, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Angel Hernandez
TOUGH LOSS: According to Elias, Monday’s loss was the Yankees first home loss in a game they led by two or more runs with two outs in the ninth since August 18, 2000 against the Angels when the Yankees led 8-3 after the eighth and allowed five runs in the ninth, including a game-tying three-run homer by Mo Vaughn off Mariano Rivera. The Yankees lost 9-8 in 11.
GUEST OF HONOR: Uganda’s Little League World Series Team, the first-ever team from Africa to participate in the LLWS, will be the Yankees’ guest tomorrow.?As part of their visit, the Ugandan team will be on-field for Yankees batting practice and participate in roll call in Section 203 at the start of the game.
ON THIS DATE: Happy birthday today to three members of the 1977 World Series championship Yankees: Ron Guidry (1950), Lou Piniella (1943) and Mike Torrez (1946).
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Hughes is through five innings scoreless. Of course, the Yankees only hit of the day is a leadoff single by Jeter. Four of their first seven hitters have struck out.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Swisher stays hot with a two-out RBI single in the third. Now the Yankees need Cano to come through against a left-hander, something he’s had a surprisingly hard time doing this season.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Granderson’s sac fly went to deep center field, scoring Pearce who got into scoring position in the first place by taking second base on a ball in the dirt. The Yankees are scratching out their runs today and they lead 2-0 heading into the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hughes gives up a lot of home runs, we all know that, but a solo shot to Adeiny Hechavarria? That’s ugly. One of the worst hitters in the big leagues took Hughes deep to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1. Even so, Hughes has pitched well tonight.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Hughes has run into some trouble, but he’s getting away with it. In the sixth he walked two batters, gave up a deep fly ball and let Escobar hit a rocket line drive to second base. Yet he managed to get three outs — Cano turned the line drive into a double play — and he’s through the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Good, quick seventh inning for Hughes. That’s probably it for him, and it’s hard to be disappointed by one run through seven innings.