Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 2B
RHP Phil Hughes (16-12, 4.05)
Hughes vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere LF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit DH
Chris Parmelee RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Jamey Carroll 2B
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Esmerling Vasquez (6-4, 6.75)
Vasquez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Little bit chilly tonight in Minneapolis, but the sky is clear. Wind blowing out to right field.
UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Paul Nauert
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Yankees hit four home runs off Twins starter Liam Hendriks last night, marking the sixth time they hit at least four homers off a single pitcher this season. That’s the Yankees’ most such games since 2006 (also six).
JETER’S STREAK: Derek Jeter is riding a season-high 18-game hitting streak since September 4. He’s hit .370 during the streak. It’s the fourth-longest hitting streak of his career. He?hasn’t had a longer single-season streak since 19 in-a-row in 2007. He has compiled two 15-game hitting streaks in the same season for the second time in his career (he had three such streaks in 2007). The 18-game streak is the longest by a Yankee in September over the last 25 years since 1987.
IBANEZ HEATING UP: Raul Ibanez has combined to go 7-for-12 with two doubles, three homers and five RBI in his past three games. He was hitless over his previous 18 at-bats and had just two over his prior 45 at-bats with no home runs from August 21 through September 19.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: The Jeter hit streak continues with a leadoff single.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Jeter’s ankle didn’t look good after that fly ball, and I’m guessing the last thing he wanted was a slow chop back to the mound forcing him to sprint up the line.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: There’s Swisher’s second homer in as many days. This one puts the Yankees in front 2-0 in the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: For the Yankees, two straight innings have ended with a strikeout-throw out. Good slide by Martin nearly avoid the tag, but not good enough to dodge it completely. Still 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Ibanez misplayed the ball when it got to the wall, but there’s no error on the play and Parmelee has an RBI bloop double to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Hughes is through six innings on 73 pitches. Surprisingly few outs hit to the outfield.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Martin matches his career-high with his 19th homer. It’s now 3-1 in the seventh.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Big strikeout for Hughes, who was down in the count 3-1 and came back to get Florimon before handing the game to Boone Logan. Here’s Logan to face Span with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. This could be the ballgame right here.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Wild pitch lets one run in, and a two-run double brings in the next two. Ugly. It’s now a 4-3 Twins lead.