Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson LF
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.19)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce LF
Alexi Casilla 2B
RHP Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51)
Garcia vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Legitimately warm outside, but with a threat of rain most of the night.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Chad Fairchild
ROOKIE ROMINE: Austin Romine has started each of the last two games. Tonight, he’s becoming the first Yankees rookie to start three straight games behind the plate since Francisco Cervelli in 2009.
SWEATY: The Yankees will face Freddy Garcia, who pitched the last two seasons with the Yankees. This is the first time the Yankees will face Garcia since his time in pinstripes. They went 3-0 in three games last year in which they faced a starting pitcher for the first time since he had pitched for the Yankees (Hector Noesi, Bartolo Colon, and Aaron Laffey).
NUMBERS GAME: The Yankees have used 35 players so far this season. Once Reid Brignac steps on the field tonight, they will have used 36. And once Dellin Betances gets in a game, it will be 37. Last year, the Yankees did not use their 36th player until July 29 (Ramiro Pena) or their 37th player until August 1 (Casey McGehee and Joba Chamberlain were Nos. 37 and 38 on the same day).
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Middle of the second inning. Garcia has allowed two hits, but they’re both home runs. One for Cano, and the first ever for Adams.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Cano hit his 13th homer in the first inning, now Davis has his 13th homer here in the second. It’s 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: When you get rid of Steve Pearce, he will come back to double against your ace and bonk your catcher in the head. This is simply a fact of baseball.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: There’s an RBI single by Markakis, and here we have a tied ballgame.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Pretty nice play by Adams to get Sabathia out of the fifth inning with the score still tied. The guy’s playing awfully well in his first few big league games.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Yankees caught a break there. Gardner was definitely out on the snap throw — despite a pretty crafty slide – but he’s called safe and the Yankees are in business with two on and one out for Hafner.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Garcia is pumped, and with good reason. Just got a tough double play — great turn by the Orioles infield — to get out of the sixth with the game still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Eric Cooper is clearly wearing a Yankees t-shirt underneath his umpire uniform.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: The Yankees have just four hits, but three of them have been solo homers, which is enough for a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. Overbay just went deep to center field to put the Yankees in front.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Sabathia coughs up the lead with two runs on three hits here in the seventh. He’s chased by a go-ahead double by J.J. Hardy and it’s now a 4-3 Orioles lead — their first of the game — as Shawn Kelley comes in to pitch.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Shawn Kelley strikes out everyone. Does anyone miss Abe Almonte?
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Yankees fifth hit of the night is their fourth homer, a solo shot by Travis Hafner to tie the game with one out in the ninth.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Big strikeout for Robertson to get Davis and get out of the ninth with a runner left at second. We’re heading into the 10th, tied at 4.