1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Ichiro Suzuki CF
3. Alex Rodriguez DH
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Nick Swisher RF
6. Casey McGehee 1B
7. Jayson Nix 3B
8. Andruw Jones LF
9. Chris Stewart C
Ivan Nova RHP
1. Stephen Drew SS
2. Seth Smith LF
3. Yeonis Cespedes CF
4. Brandon Moss 1B
5. Chris Carter DH
6. Josh Reddick RF
7. Josh Donaldson 3B
8. George Kottaras C
9. Cliff Pennington 2B
Travis Blackley LHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Umpires: Fieldin Culbreth HP, Mike Estabrook 1B, Larry Vanover 2B, Dan Bellino 3B
Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy
Best record race: The Yankees trail the Rangers by two games for the top mark in the league, 89-61 to 87-63.
Captain streaking: Derek Jeter is riding the 13th single-season hitting streak of at least 15 games in his career. He’s at exactly 15 now, having batted .388 in this span, at 26 for 67.
Update, 1:11: Nova throws five pitches, gives up back-to-back doubles to Drew and Smith, 1-0 A’s.
Update, 1:13: So much for a carryover from Nova’s last start, 10 pitches, three doubles, 2-0. Let’s see if he can settle down.
Update, 1:17: He settled downand got the next three guys.
Update, 1:22: How hot is Ichiro? He’s 12-for-16 hot after his solo shot, 2-1.
Update, 1:29: Nicely done by A-Rod to get his hand down on the plate and score on Cano’s single, 2-2. Walk and balk by Blackley set that up.
Update, 1:38: Bases loaded, two outs for ice-cold Andruw Jones, batting .197.
Update, 1:41: RBI walk on four pitches, 3-2.
Update, 1:44: Blackley got Stewart on a weak grounder for the final out, but he threw 40 pitches in the first. I think 23 were balls.
Update, 1:49: Much better for Nova, 1-2-3 second, three grounders.
Update, 1:55: Ichiro now 13 for last 17 after single. But he’s out trying to go to third on A-Rod’s single, although A-Rod moved up on the throw.
Update, 2:01: A’s just gave away a run, easy grounder booted by Pennington at second to extend the inning and Blackley wild pitches the run home, 4-2.
Update, 2:08: Nova gives up leadoff HR to Drew, shot over the CF fence, 4-3 in the third.
Update, 2:13: One-out four-pitch walk and then bloop single. Warmup action in the Yankees pen. Looks like Rapada.
Update, 2:15: Another walk. Nova is all over the place and now he’s done.
Update, 2:20: Excellent work by Rapada, 1-2-3 double play to get out of the bases-loaded mess that Nova left him. Josh Reddick had stepped in with 29 homers. The A’s are pulling Blackley, too. Jim Miller will take the ball. Not much good to say about either starter today.
Update, 2:36: Pennington RBI single, 4-4.
Update, 2:41: Two outs, first and third, Lowe comes on.
Update, 4:35: 1-2-3 inning for Joba.
Update, 2:44: Diving stop by Jeter and the Yankees hold it there.
Update, 3:00: Lowe gives up a leadoff single and then gets three straight. I saw Lowe was lamenting the other day that he might be left off the postseason roster, but he only blames himself for not pitching well enough this season. He had wanted to come here for a chance to pitch in October after the Indians let him go and after he went to Florida to tweak his mechanics.
Update, 3:06: Ibanez first pinch HR of the season, also snaps 0-for-18 slide, solo shot to right. So it’s 5-4 Yankees in the fifth.
Update, 3:08: Orioles leading at Boston 5-3, bottom six.
Update, 3:12: Ibanez stays on in right, Swisher moves to first. Ibanez hit for McGehee.
Update, 3:17: Lowe looking good, 1-2-3 sixth. Maybe they should consider him for the postseason roster, lot of October experience, although he can be erratic, too.
Update, 3:21: Derek Jeter singles to start the sixth, now has a season-high 16-game hitting streak. Lefty Jerry Blevins comes in to pitch.
Update, 3:24: Ichiro bunts Jeter to second. Relentless Orioles up 6-3 in the seventh, not that they’re playing a good team up in Boston.
Update, 3:37: 6-5 Baltimore, bottom seven. Relentess Red Sox? Logan coming in to replace Lowe after a one-out walk in the seventh, nice job by Lowe over 2 2/3.
Update, 3:34: Logan gives up a single and a sac fly to Carter, 5-5.
Update, 3:48: Just want to offer my condolences to Brian Cashman and family on the death of his dad earlier today in Florida. John Cashman Jr. was 72. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. He had been a leading figure in the harness racing industry and was a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
Update, 3:55: Ryan Cook comes on after Nick Swisher bloops a leadoff single and Ibanez gets hit by a pitch.
Update, 3:58: Sacrifice by Nix. Second and third, one out for Granderson.
Update, 4:00: Granderson fouls out. Up to Chavez, pinch hitting for Stewart.
Update, 4:03: Chavez goes down looking, now just 4 for 32 as a pinch hitter. He stays in at third. Martin on to catch.
Update, 4:05: Ibanez can’t hold a ball at the wall in right-center, leadoff double.
Update, 4:09: One out now. And Boston-Baltimore 6-6 bottom nine.
Update, 4:13: Two outs, second and third, Jonny Gomez will pinch hit.
Update, 4:16: Logan hits Gomes with an 0-2 pitch. Bases loaded. Logan is out. Eppley is in.
Update, 4:19: Boston-Baltimore going to the 10th.
Update, 4:24: Eppley gets it done, fly to center by Cespedes.
Update, 4:25: Girardi resisting temptation so far, Joba is warming. We know he wants to avoid using Soriano and Robertson today if possible.
Update, 4:28: 1-2-3 eighth for Yankees. Joba coming in. Bottom 10 at Fenway, 6-6.
Update, 4:35: Joba strikes out the first two. Freddy Garcia throwing in pen. Grant Balfour takes over for A’s.
Update, 4:43: Top 11 at Fenway. Yankees have Chris Dickerson pinch running at first after Swisher’s one-out single in the ninth.
Update, 4:48: Two outs, Dickerson at second. Another walkoff hit for Martin?
Update, 4:51: Martin pops to second. Extra innings. Garcia takes over. Pearce will play first.
Update, 4:58: Garcia gets them 1-2-3, albeit with one fly to the left field wall. Top 12 now, Orioles 6, Red Sox 6.
Update, 5:05: Jim Thome delivers RBI ground-rule double, 7-6 Orioles, top 12.
Update, 5:07: On to the 11th here. 8-6 Orioles.
Update, 5:12: Red Sox are caving in, 9-6 Orioles.
Update, 5:18: Bases loaded, two outs for Reddick.
Update, 5:21: Garcia gets out of it thanks to a diving catch by Pearce at first. Looked like Teixeira there.
Update, 5:28: 1-2-3 11th for Yankees. Orioles now a half game back after 9-6 win in 12.
Update, 5:33: Three scoreless innings now for Garcia. On to the home 12th.
Update, 5:39: Ibanez takes a chance and makes second, a one-out double. Another walkoff hit for Martin?
Update, 5:44: After a wild pitch, Martin grounds to second. The throw goes home, Ibanez tries to knock over Norris, but Norris holds the ball. Ibanez is out.
Update, 5:48: Granderson walks, first and second, two outs. Chavez up. Norris looks like he got crossed up, passed ball, second and third.
Update, 5:51: Chavez draws an unintentional intentional walk, I think. Bases loaded. Jeter up. Just about everybody on their feet here.
Update, 5:54: Jeter flies out. On to the 13th. Nunez takes third, Chavez moves to first.
Update, 6:01: Well, this got out of hand in a hurry. Two-runHR by Gomes off Garcia, then Cespedes made it back-to-back blasts; this was a tremendous one to the second deck in left, 8-5 A’s. If the Yankees lose, they can blame themselves because they had golden chances for more runs in this game.
Update, 6:05: Batting practice for the A’s. Chris Carter reaches the second deck in left off Justin Thomas, 9-5.
Update, 6:14: Singles by Ichiro and A-Rod to start the inning.
Update, 6:17: Single by Cano, bases loaded. Pedro Figueroa is done after three batters. Righty Pat Neshek is coming on.
Update, 6:21: Wild pitch 9-6. Sac fly by Nunez 9-7.
Update, 6:24: Ibanez two-run shot, we’re tied again, 9-9.
Update, 6:30: Cory Wade on for the 14th.
Update, 6:36: Wade retires three straight. Tyson Ross on for the A’s.
Update, 6:42: Leadoff single for Chavez. Melky Mesa pinch runs for him, Mesa’s MLB debut.
Update, 6:43: Captain bunts him over. Ichiro up. Intentional walk. A-Rod up.
Update, 6:46: A-Rod singles to center, but Mesa misses third and has to go back. Bases loaded for Cano.
Update, 6:48: Cano hits into a 1-2 force. Nunez up.
Update, 6:51: Mesa can exhale, Yankees win 10-9 in 14 on error at first on Nunez’s grounder. Yankees still up by a game.