Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS
RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23)
Hughes 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
LHP Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63)
Saunders vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:37 p.m., TBS
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid to low 50s. Little colder than last night.
UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Tony Randazzo, LF Angel Hernandez, RF Brian Gorman
WIN FROM THE PEN: Dave Robertson earned his third career postseason win last night. He’s now tied with Sparky Lyle for the third-most postseason relief wins in franchise history behind Mariano Rivera (8) and Mike Stanton (4).?Robertson has recorded the victory in each of the Yankees’ last three postseason extra-inning wins (also 2009 ALDS Game 2 vs. the Twins and 2009 ALCS Game 2 vs. the Angels).
WIN IN EXTRAS: The Yankees have won each of their last four extra-inning games dating back to the regular season, all coming in their last seven home games. The Yankees are 7-3 overall in extra-inning contests this season, including three wins against Baltimore (also April 10 and 11). The Yankees have won each of their last 10 extra-inning postseason games at home dating back to 1999. According to Elias, that is the longest such streak in Major League history.
NICE ROUND NUMBER: Derek Jeter is three hits away from 200 postseason hits in his career. No other player has collected more than 128 postseason hits, and no active player — unless you count Manny Ramirez — has as many as 100 postseason hits. Chipper Jones career ended at 97.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Hughes gets through a rocky first with no damage done.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Leadoff double by Nix goes nowhere in the third inning. Jeter puts together a 13-pitch at-bat, but it ends with the first of three straight outs to leave Nix stranded.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Hughes gave up a ton of home runs this season, and he’s just allowed one to Nate McLouth to put the Orioles in front in the fifth. The Yankees offense, meanwhile, has two hits.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Hughes is getting the job done. Needs some offense in the worst way.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Rodriguez goes down swinging against the right hander and it’s a tie game. The sac bunt worked to help bring in one run. Hughes back out for the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: McLouth is 2-for-2 with a walk, double and home run off Hughes. Easy call to bring in Logan here, but Hughes gave the Yankees all they could have asked for: 6.2 innings, one run, eight strikeouts. He leaves with a 1-1 tie.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Former Yankees reliever Luis Ayala coming in to face Jeter with two on and two out in the seventh. Big opportunity to tkae the lead here.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Jeter takes a low strike and takes a high strike and it’s a strikeout to leave two runners stranded. Still tied at 1 with Robertson coming in.