Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C
RHP Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.37)
Hughes vs. Mariners
Jason Bay RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Kendrys Morales 1B
Michael Morse DH
Nick Franklin 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Kelly Shoppach C
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82)
Harang vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s been incredibly nice here in Seattle for two days now.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Mike Muchlinski
OFF AND RUNNING: Brett Gardner has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games since May 24, batting .304 (14-for-46) over the stretch. He has scored at least one run in 13 of his last 20 starts, including six straight from May 24-29. He has walked 22 times, one shy of Travis Hafner for most on the team.
CLEVELAND COMBO: With a two-run home run on Wednesday, Travis Hafner has now hit 38 home runs in games started by CC Sabathia, the most any player in games he has started (that’s according to Elias). Mark Teixeira is next with 29 homers in games started by Sabathia.
LOOKING AHEAD: Of the Yankees’ next 11 series leading into the All-Star break, six are against teams currently under .500 – including three of their next four (Seattle, Los Angeles-AL and Los Angeles-NL: nine out of their next 12 games).
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Yankees just drafted a college outfielder named Aaron Judge. He’s out of Fresno State. Ranked 30th in Baseball America’s Top 500. He’s a huge kid — 6-foot-7, 255 pounds — and seems like more of a risk-reward pick. Big power. Strikes out a lot.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: And now the Yankees have drafted high school lefty Ian Clarkin. Baseball America says his fastball sits in the low 90s, touches 93-94. He also apparently has a good curveball and a changeup that’s not bad.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Hughes is through two scoreless, hitless, walkless. Much better than last time he faced this team.
UPDATES, 10:47 p.m.: Singles by Nix and Gardner, then a three-run homer by Cano. It’s a 3-0 lead for the Yankees here in the third inning.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Make that 4-0 as Teixeira goes deep. Back-to-back home runs for Cano and Teixeira.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: Well, the Yankees have knocked Harang out of the game and grabbed a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. Already every Yankees starter except Austin Romine has a hit.
UPDATE, 12:04 a.m.: Hughes is through six scoreless. He just got a couple of fly ball outs to Jayson Nix to strand runners at the corners (the first Nix catch was pretty good, I didn’t think he’d get there).
UPDATE, 12:34 a.m.: After seven scoreless innings, Hughes walks the first batter in the eighth and the Yankees are into the bullpen. Strong outing for Hughes against the same team that knocked him out of the game in the first inning last month.