Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (13-12, 4.18)
Hughes vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
JJ Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-8, 3.79)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Probably not quite as hot and humid as last night, but close.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Cory Blaser, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Mike Winters
ON THE RUN: Ichiro Suzuki stole his 20th base of the season last night, reaching the plateau for the 12th straight season to begin his Major League career. He?joins Rickey Henderson (who stole at least 20 bases in each of his first 23 seasons) and Ozzie Smith (who stole at least 20 bases in each of his first 16 seasons) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
EXCEPTION TO THE RULE: According to Elias, the Yankees are 10-12 against rookie starting pitchers this season, but they’re 2-1 against Wei-Lin Chen. The Yankees have won five of their last seven matchups against rookie starters after losing their previous six. The Orioles have not had a rookie left-handed starter earn multiple wins against the Yankees in the same season since Adam Loewen went 2-1 in 2006.
DOUBLE DIGITS: The Yankees allowed 10 runs in last night’s loss. It was just the seventh time this season they surrendered double digit runs. Among American League clubs, only three — Tampa Bay, Oakland and Seattle — have done so fewer times.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Looked like that slider/cutter thing that made Adam Jones look bad on strike two and got him out on strike three. Hughes is through three scoreless innings. Neither team is on the board at this point.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Three-run homer by Russell Martin has the Yankees in front 3-0. Martin’s bat has actually shown some life lately, and the Yankees really need him against lefties.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: And now it’s Steve Pearce going deep, scoring Andruw Jones while Nate McLouth gets furious at a fan in the left-field seats.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Rodriguez’s first homer since July 23, when he was hitting really well leading up to his broken hand, has pushed the Yankees lead to 7-0 in the middle of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: I’ve actually been impressed by Swisher’s defense at first base these past two weeks, but he just let a ball get past him for a leadoff baserunner here in the sixth. McLouth followed with a double to put runners at second and third with no outs. Hughes was in similar trouble in the first and got out of it.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Jones goes deep with a three-run homer that brings Rothschild out of the dugout. There’s a lefty getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. Hughes is at 78 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Pretty strong bounceback for Hughes who retired three in a row after the three-run homer. He’s through six and in line for a win that would give him the most wins on the team. That’s pretty amazing considering his April.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Nice work by Logan, now here’s Dave Robertson with his socks down.