Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 3B
Eduardo Nunez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
RHP David Phelps (3-4, 2.96)
Phelps 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
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.78)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s hot. Again. Hot coffee was a bad choice.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Dan Bellino
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). So far, they have gone 1-3.
SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS: The Yankees have recalled the following players from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre: C Francisco Cervelli, SS Eduardo Nunez, RHP Cory Wade, RHP Adam Warren and LHP Justin Thomas. In addition, they have signed OF Chris Dickerson to a major league contract and selected him from Scranton. Ramiro Pena has been designated for assignment.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH: With a single last night, Derer Jeter extended his major league leading hit total to 177, which is 10 more hits than any other player has.
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UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Phelps labored a bit in the first, but a big double play ball from McLouth helped keep the O’s to just one run. Jeter and Swisher both hit balls that looked like they had the potential for extra bases, but the O’s outfielders chased them both down. Yanks go down 1-2-3, and Baltimore has a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Phelps gives up another run in the second, but he limited the damage once again. Machado hit an RBI single, but then Phelps got Markakis to ground into an inning ending double play. It’s 2-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Uh oh. Granderson just came out of the game after his at-bat in the second inning. No word on his injury yet, but this is a major cause for concern with all of the injuries that the Yankees have been dealing with of late. Jones moved to left field, Ichiro to center and Swisher to right. Steve Pearce is now into play first base.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: A solo shot from Wieters in the top of the fourth extends the O’s lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, the Yanks are still hitless.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Cano gives the Yanks their first hit and first run all with one swing of the bat. He just hit a screaming opposite field solo shot in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-1.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: The Yankees have announced that Granderson came out of the game due to a tight right hamstring. He’s going to have a precautionary MRI.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: After looking lost for most of the game, the Yankees broke through in a big way in the bottom of the seventh. After Nix walked to put runners on first and second with two outs, Nunez hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-2. Ichiro then walked to load the bases for Jeter, who walked to tie the score at 3-3. Finally, Swisher hit a hard, one-hopper at Hardy, who couldn’t handle it, allowing a fourth run to score. It wasn’t your conventional Yankees’ long ball offense, but it got the job done. Yanks now lead 4-3.