Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
RHP Phil Hughes (2-2, 4.43)
Hughes vs. Mariners
Michael Saunders CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendry’s Morales DH
Michael Morse RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jesus Montero C
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-1, 1.74)
Iwakuma vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s. The rainy weather seems to have moved out.
UMPIRES: HP Alan Porter, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Jerry Layne
SHUT THEM DOWN: Yankees pitchers have held opponents to two earned runs or less in each of their past five games. That marks their longest such streak since a six-game stretch in 2011. Overall in 2013, the Yankees have had 18 games in which they held their opponent to two earned or less, tied with Seattle — of all teams — for the second-most games in the American League this season behind the White Sox, who have 21.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees have recorded 11 come-from-behind wins this season. That is one off the Major League lead, shared by Baltimore, Kansas City, Minnesota and Texas. The Yankees have had four comeback wins in which the team trailed by as many as three runs, nearly half their total (nine) from all of last year.
THE DECIDING FACTOR: The Yankees h ave won the past six games in which Vernon Wells has hit a home run. Of his nine homers this season, four have either tied a game or given the Yankees a lead.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Walk and back-to-back singles off Hughes. It’s a quick 1-0 Mariners lead. Granderson slipped a little bit on the second hit, but I’m not sure he actually had a chance to catch the ball anyway.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Weak grounder through the right side. Another single. Another run.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Another walk, and now a grand slam by Raul Ibanez. This has happened really quickly. It’s already 6-0. Hughes wasn’t hit especially hard until that homer. Might see some Brett Marshall action tonight.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Claiborne warming for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Wow. That’s all for Hughes. Two outs. Seven runs. Faced 10 batters. Here’s Claiborne.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Yankees have come back a lot this year. This one is quite the hole, but they’ve chipped away with a solo homer by Wells. It’s now 7-1.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Terrific work by Claiborne, who gave the Yankees 2.1 scoreless. Looks like Marshall getting loose in the pen.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Smooth first inning for Marshall. It’s still 7-1.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Not such a smooth second inning of work for Marshall. Raul Ibanez just hit his second homer of the night and it’s now 9-1.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Ben Francisco to left field, Curtis Granderson to center, Jayson Nix in to play second, Chris Stewart to first base and Austin Romine now catching. Marshall is still on the mound.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Wells is in the infield again. He’s playing second. Jayson Nix has moved to short. Alberto Gonzalez is now pitching. It’s come to this.