Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75)
Hughes vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nolan Reimold DH
RHP Jason Hammel (1-1, 4.97)
Hammel vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the high 50s with some wind blowing right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Wally Bell, 3B Dan Bellino
THREE THE HARD WAY: A few facts about last night’s triple play — It was the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in major league history. … It was the Yankees second triple play since 1969 (also April 22, 2010 at Oakland, 5-4-3, Rodriguez to Cano to Nick Johnson on a grounder hit by Kurt Suzuki). … It was the Yankees first triple play turned at home since June 3, 1968 vs. Minnesota (1-5-3, Womack to Cox to Mantle, hit by Johnny Roseboro).
NINE THE HARD WAY: Kevin Youkilis leads the Yankees with a .424 (14-for-33) batting average this season and has hit safely in all nine games. He is one of just two Major Leaguers to hit safely in all of his team’s games in 2013 (also the White Sox’s Alex Rios). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Youkilis is the first Yankee in his debut season with the club to hit safely in the team’s first nine games of a season since Joe Buzas recorded hits in the club’s first 10 games of the 1945 season.
STAY HOT: Over his last three games, Robinson Cano is 9-for-14 with six runs, three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and a walk.
UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: If you’re a big fan of leadoff doubles, early walks and a quick 1-0 Orioles lead, then Phil Hughes is off to a terrific start.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Well, that could have been much worse. Hughes gets out of the inning with just the one run.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Yankee Stadium was deep enough to hold Hardy’s long drive center, but Ryan Flaherty just took Hughes deep for a 2-0 Orioles lead in the second.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Ichiro and Cano make the 9-4-2 putout work and get Hughes out of the second without another run scoring.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Another home run for Hafner makes it 2-1.
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: Lyle Overbay tied the game with an RBI single, but Nick Markakis immediately led off the third inning with a solo shot to put the Orioles back in front, 3-2.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Fly ball pitcher in Yankee Stadium. It’s a dangerous thing. Hughes has allowed a home run in each of the past three innings, and the solo shot by Nolan Reimold has pushed the O’s in front 5-2.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: That’s it for Phil. The Yankees are going to the bullpen, giving Phelps the ball as Hughes is booed off the mound.
UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Phelps retires three in a row, Adam Jones slams his bat to the ground, and the Yankees are through the top of the fourth without allowing another run. It’s still 5-2.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Phelps has been terrific, Wells has his third home run of the season and the Yankees have pulled within 5-3 with the tying run at the plate in the sixth.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Wells makes a terrific throw to second base, gets Adam Jones out stretching, and now the Yankees are through the top of the seventh.