Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix DH
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98)
Kuroda vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Manny Machado 3B
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network/MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s hot. That is all for now.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Mike Estabrook, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Bill Miller
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: The Yankees are in the midst of a stretch of 22 straight games vs. AL East opponents (8/27-09/20). If they want to lock up the division, this is the time to do it.
SEPTEMBER’S CALLING: No matter the outcome of tonight’s game, the Yankees will be in first place when the calendar turns to September tomorrow. They have made the postseason each of the last 15 times they have been in first place on Sept. 1.
DON’T YA KNOW?: Robinson Cano is batting .385 (10 for 26) over his last seven games, with seven of those hits going for extra bases (five doubles, two home runs).
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UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Not a great start here for Kuroda. Jones and Wieters led off the second with back-to-back singles, which were followed by a sac fly from Davis and a two-run blast from Reynolds. Just like that, it’s 3-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Jeter led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to give the Yankees their first baserunner off of Gonzalez, but he was left stranded there. Kuroda has settled down to retire eight straight since the homer, but the Yankees haven’t been able to get anything going offensively. The O’s still have a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Hardy just padded the O’s lead with a solo shot in the top of the sixth to make it 4-0. Meanwhile, Gonzalez is dealing. The Yanks have only mustered one hit off of him, and he already has seven strikeouts. Not only is he getting some bad swings, but he’s getting ahead and putting the Yankees away. His pitch count is very low through five innings at only 55.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: The Yankees just wasted their best opportunity of the night in the bottom of the sixth. Ichiro singled and Nix walked, setting the table for the 1-2-3 hitters. But Jeter grounded into a fielder’s choice, Swisher struck out (for the third time tonight) and Cano ill-advisedly swung at the first pitch he saw, popping out to third.