Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 3.60)
Hughes vs. Royals
Alcides Escobar SS
Lorenzo Cain RF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Elliott Johnson 2B
Jarrod Dyson CF
RHP Wade Davis (2-2, 4.75)
Davis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Getting colder here in Kansas City. Temperatures in the 60s, dipping into the 50s. Not much chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Tim Timmons
ROYAL: Mariano Rivera has converted each of his last 27 save opportunities against the Royals since 1999, last blowing a save against them on August 18, 1998 at Kauffman Stadium. It is his longest active streak against any team. He’s blown just two saves all time against Kansas City (also August 2, 1996 at Kauffman Stadium).
THREE-PEAT: The Yankees have scored three runs in each of their last two games, and they’ve won both of them. It’s just the second time over the last three seasons the team has scored three runs or less in consecutive contests and won both games (also August 14-15, 2012 against Texas, 3-0 and 3-2 victories).
#WINNING: After starting the season 1-4, the Yankees are 19-9 (.679) since April 7, tied with St. Louis for the best record in the Majors over the stretch. They have lost just two of their last nine series after dropping their first two series of the season.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: There’s a two-run homer by Ichiro for a quick Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: And there’s a two-run shot by Overbay. I’m telling you, there’s no way this Yankees offense can score enough runs to make them contenders.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: One strike away from a third straight strikeout to strand two runners in the second, Hughes instead gave up a three-run homer to pull the Royals within a run.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: As that play was developing, I thought Nix was going to be safe by six feet. Two very good throws made it an awfully close play at the plate, but Nix scored for a 5-3 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Another fly ball off Hughes, this one over the head of Wells — not a great route there — for a two-run double that has tied the game at 5 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: RBI double by Overbay, his third hit of the day. This inning also included a double by Ichiro — his second extra-base hit of the day — and a single by Nix, his third time reaching base.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Hughes is finished at six runs and 5.2 innings, a bad start after pitching very well in his past four. He allowed two homers, including a solo shot here in the sixth. Shawn Kelley is in to pitch. There’s a solid chance Boone Logan is the closer tonight.