Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32)
Kuroda vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jim Thome DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Manny Machado 3B
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:37 p.m., TBS
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s. Feels like a heat wave compared to Baltimore.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Gorman, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Mark Carlson, LF Tony Randazzo, RF Angel Hernandez
FIRST TIMER: Hiroki Kuroda will become the first Japan-born player to make a postseason start for the Yankees. No, not even Kei Igawa ever did that. Kuroda went 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 starts at Yankee Stadium this season, the seventh-best home ERA in the American League in 2012. Pitchers making their first postseason start as a Yankee have gone 8-6 since 2000.
LET THE KIDS PLAY: The Yankees are 16-14 against rookie starting pitchers in 2012 (including the postseason), with wins in 11 of their past 15 matchups. … The Yankees are facing two different rookie starters in the same postseason series for just the third time. It?also happened in the 1955 World Series against Brooklyn when they lost to Roger Craig in Game 5 at Ebbots Field and defeated Karl Spooner in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium; and the 1952 World Series against Brooklyn when the Dodgers had four games started by rookies (Joe Black in Games 1, 4 and 7 and Bill Loes in Game 6).
AT HOME IN THE BRONX: The Yankees are 112-69 all-time in postseason home games. Only Cleveland, 27-16, has a higher home winning percentage in the playoffs among American League teams. The Yankees are 10-5 in postseason games at the current Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Lukewarm reception for Rodriguez in his first at-bat. Handful of boos, but mostly light cheering.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Comebacker off Kuroda for the last out of the top of the second. Still scoreless. Kuroda seems fine.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: One-out single for Swisher in the second. First Yankees hit of the night.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: One of the Orioles just went deep for a 1-0 Baltimore lead. If you guess Ryan Flaherty would be that Oriole, take one step forward and pat yourself on the back. Also, you’re a liar.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Adam Jones did a better job blowing a bubble than tracking the fly ball. It’s a triple over his head and a 1-1 tie in the third.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Kuroda dances in and out of trouble and gets through the fourth inning leaving the bases loaded. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the chat below from time to time. Lots of folks in there right now. We’d love to have you join us.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: The kid has the Yankees in the lead. Manny Machado hits the game’s second solo homer off Kuroda — they were hit by the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters — and the O’s are up 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Yankees trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Kuroda has done his part.