Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-2, 1.99)
Kuroda vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones DH
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson CF
Alexi Casilla 2B
RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 5.72)
Hammel vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: It’s been legitimately hot and muggy today. Probably feels hotter than it really is only because it’s been cold for so long, but I was soaked in sweat after walking to the ballpark. Should obviously cool down a little bit tonight.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Eric Cooper
FOUR IN A ROMINE: Austin Romine has started each of the last four Yankees games. He is the first Yankees rookie to start four straight games behind the plate since Jorge Posada started 11 in-a-row from in September of 1997.
EXTRA, EXTRA: The Yankees have played back-to-back extra-inning games at Camden Yards for the second straight season (also 4/10-11/12 (Yankees won both games)…their loss in Tuesday’s 10-inning game was just their second in their last seven extra-inning games on the road…have not played three straight extra-inning games since 5/13-16/01 (vs. Baltimore and two games at Oakland, all losses).
FINAL EXAM: The Yankees are 10-5 in series finales this season, winning four of the last five. They are 5-2 in finales on the road, and 3-3 in rubber games of three-game sets this season.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Two-out solo homer by Markakis has the Orioles in front here in the first.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Two-out, two-run homer by Chris Davis and suddenly it’s a 3-0 game. That happened pretty fast, and the O’s are still batting.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Hard-hit double for Wieters before a fly ball to left gets Kuroda out of the inning. Kuroda faced seven batters that inning, and five of them hit the ball hard — two homers, two deep fly balls and the double off the wall. The weakest-hit ball of the inning was probably Adam Jones’ broken-bat single.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Looked like that ball hit Kuroda in the right calf, but he’s staying in the game with two outs and runners at the corners in the second. Certainly not his cleanest outing of the year.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Curtis Granderson gets his first extra-base hit of the year — a double — and Robinson Cano brings him home with a sharp RBI single. It’s now 3-1 with no outs, one on and the heart of the Yankees order coming to the plate.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: This is becoming absurd. Kuroda is out with some sort of injury. Could be related to that comebacker off his calf. He also seemed to have something going on with his back. No information right now, only speculation about what might be wrong. Clearly not good news, though.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Even worse now that Wieters went deep off Claiborne for a three-run homer and a 6-1 Orioles lead.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: There’s Granderson’s first home run of the year. He has three hits and is a triple short of the cycle tonight.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Here’s Adam Warren to pitch the fifth. It’s still a four-run game, so the Yankees aren’t entirely out of this thing just yet. Need Warren to keep it here, though.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Bruised right calf for Kuroda.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Four scoreless innings for Warren. He’s really done a nice job this season. He kept the Yankees within four runs tonight, to give them at least a fighting chance if the lineup could get going. Dellin Betances was getting loose in the bullpen in the eighth.