1. Ichiro Suzuki CF
2. Jayson Nix SS
3. Robinson Cano DH
4. Vernon Wells RF
5. Zoilo Almonte LF
6. Lyle Overbay 1B
7. David Adams 2B
8. Alberto Gonzalez 3B
9. Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes RHP
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Nelson Cruz RF
4. Adrian Beltre DH
5. Mitch Moreland 1B
6. Geovany Soto C
7. David Murphy LF
8. Jurickson Profar 3B
9. Engel Beltre CF
Derek Holland LHP
Umpires: Gerry Davis HP, Brian Knight 1B, Dan Iassogna 2B, Mark Carlson 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees
.625: The Yankees have the second-best winning percentage in the majors (behind Texas) against lefty starters, going 15-9.
Some improvement: The Yankees are hitting .240 with nine homers and averaging 4.2 runs over the last nine games. They hit .192 with one homer and averaged 2.3 runs over the eight games prior to this stretch.
Suzuki vs. lefties: Ichiro is hitting .358 in 81 at-bats off lefties, No. 4 in the majors for lefty batters.
Today is a tossup: The Yankees are 13-13 in their 26 series-closing games.
Update, 1:14: Hughes gets two flies and a groundout to start the game. He’s due for a good one after two bad ones. By the way, he came in with .65 a ground ball to fly ball ratio. According the Yankees notes, that’s the lowest percentage in the majors for starters as far as batted balls put in play on the ground as opposed to the air.
Update, 1:22: Ichiro singles, so he has hit safely in eight of the nine games on the homestand. But Cano hits into an inning-ending double play. Holland came in at 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA in eight games, including seven starts, vs. the Yankees. The lefty also arrived 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA in five games, including four starts, at Yankee Stadium.
Update, 1:29: Hughes takes the Rangers down 1-2-3 again, two grounders and a strikeout. Alberto Gonzalez made a nice diving stop wide of third on the first grounder, hit by Adrian Beltre.
Update, 1:34: Yankees get nothing done in the second, 1-2-3. Wells strikes out.
Update, 1:49: Rangers score first, sac fly by Ian Kinsler in the third. Hughes has given up two singles and a walk this inning.
Update, 1:58: Romine actually gets a hit, a single with two outs, but Ichiro grounds into a force. Yankees no runs, two singles through three. Adams now 1 for last 22 after flying to right in that inning.
Update, 2:02: Hughes gives up a loud double to Cruz and then drills Adrian Beltre to start the fourth.
Update, 2:11: Hughes gets three straight outfield outs, now at 66 pitches.
Update, 2:20: Wells fans and Almonte grounds out to strand Nix at second. Almonte now 0 for 5 over these last two games. Wells, according to the Yankees’ numbers, is now 11 for his last 92.
Update, 2:26: Hughes has now given up 49 homers these last two seasons, tied for second most in the majors. Profar solo shot, 2-0.
Update, 2:28: Anti-aging cream/sunscreen day here. Yankees just gave us each a packet. Hope this isn’t from Biogenesis. I think I’ll try it later.
Update, 2:34: Yankees have been held to two singles through five by a pitcher with a bad track record against them.
Update, 2:40: Another good inning for Hughes, 1-2-3, two Ks. He has allowed two runs and four hits through six.
Update, 2:44: Holland gets three straight with help from Murphy making a diving catch in left on a bloop by Ichiro.
Update, 2:52: Hughes has retired nine in a row and 12 of the last 13 after another three-up, three-down inning.
Update, 3:00: Wells strikes out for the third straight time and Almonte flies to the wall in left after Cano led off with a walk and got thrown out trying to advance when a pitch bounced a short ways away from catcher Geovany Soto.
Update, 3:09: Hughes has given up just two runs and five hits in eight innings. Yankees still looking for their third hit.
Update, 3:14: Yankees go quietly in the eighth. Hughes is done. Claiborne on for the ninth.
Update, 3:34: Yankees lose 2-0. Two-hitter for Holland.