Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez DH
LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis RF
Lew Ford DH
Robert Andino 2B
RHP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)
Hammel vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 6:15 p.m., TBS (delayed by rain)
WEATHER: Cloudy and rainy all day, but right now it’s clear enough to play.
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Fieldin Culbreth, LF Mike Everitt, RF Mark Carlson
CHAT WITH CARP: Just another reminder that columnist Rick Carpiniello will be hosting a live chat during tonight’s game. You can find it beneath this game post, so go check in every once in a while.
BEAST OF THE EAST: The Yankees are facing an A.L. East opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 ALCS against Boston. I’m sure you all remember how that one went. The Yankees haven’t played the Orioles in the postseason since the 1996 ALCS. I’m sure you remember how that one went, too.
LEADING OFF: Derek Jeter has played in the first game of a playoff series 31 times in his career. He’s reached base safely in 28 of those, batting .378 with 27 runs, five homers, 11 RBI and 18 walks. He’s a career .444 hitter in Game 1 of the division series.
ACE ON THE MOUND: This will be CC Sabathia’s ninth career Game 1 postseason start (all rounds), which will push him past Whitey Ford and Roger Clemens for the second-most Game 1 starts all time behind Greg Maddux who has 11. Sabathia’s five career Game 1 wins are tied with John Smotlz and Red Ruffing for the most in postseason history.
FOR OPENERS: The Yankees went 32-20 in series openers during the regular season. According to Elias, that was the second-best such record in the Majors trailing only the Angels who went 36-16.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Crowd is very, very into it. They might not show up in the regular season, but this place is packed and full of orange tonight. Terrific atmosphere.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Jeter single, Ichiro double, and a quick Yankees lead. Of course, Ichiro getting thrown out at third with no outs and the middle of the order coming up is pretty stupid.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: The Yankees could have made a big statement that inning, but a 1-0 lead feels tiny compared to what might have been.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m..: Sabathia fell behind Machado, then went after the kid for a strikeout. Sabathia looks sharp, folks.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Two-run single by Nate McLouth has the Orioles in front 2-1. Settling for one run in that first inning could really come back to hurt the Yankees. This crowd is nuts.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Teixeira crushed that ball, but it’s off the wall for a single with Teixeira out stretching. He tied the game, but it’s clear that Teixeira still can’t run on that calf.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Yankees tie the game, but they again let the O’s off the hook with only one run in an inning that could have been much bigger.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: That’s just a terrific play by Martin. Without that, it’s first and second with no one out.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Big pitches from Sabathia to leave runners at the corners in the fifth and keep this game tied. That inning had trouble written all over it. Still 2-2.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Hammel is at 104 pitches as this Cano at-bat starts. The Orioles have a lefty throwing in the bullpen, but Showalter is sticking with Hammel.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Hammel is out after the two-out Swisher single. Heck of an outing by him.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Davis clearly couldn’t see that ball at the end. It was blocked by the wall, but he put his glove up and made the catch in a part of the park that I didn’t even know existed.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Jeter wasn’t ready for the hop, but Sabathia pitches around the error to keep the game tied at 2.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: With a righty warming in the Orioles bullpen, Girardi let Ibanez hit for himself against the lefty, and Ibanez drew a walk to put two on with no outs for the top of the order. Another chance for a big inning.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: That’s a tough, tough play for Wieters on the short hop throw from Andino. Nice play at the plate to put the Orioles one out away from getting out of this jam.
UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Rodriguez is in pass-the-baton mode. He needed a walk there to get Cano to the plate.