Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
David Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Austin Romines C
RHP David Phelps (5-4, 4.01)
Phelps vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B
LHP Zach Britton (1-2, 5.51)
Britton vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:15 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Another humid night here in Baltimore. Doesn’t feel quite as hot as last night, though.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Adam Hamari, 3B Eric Cooper
FROM THE LEFT SIDE: The Yankees are facing another lefty tonight. They are 15-11 (.576) vs. left-handed starters this season, but they have lost their last four games when opposed by a left-handed starter and five of their last six. Their current four-game losing streak to left-handed starters is their longest since dropping their final nine such games in September 2010.
DEALIN’ DAVID: David Phelps is undefeated over his last nine starts against AL East opponents since August 27, 2012, going 4-0 with a 3.91 ERA over the stretch.
SEEKING 600: With his next win, manager Joe Girardi will reach 600 victories in his managerial career (78 with Florida, 521 with the Yankees). He will become the 16th current manager to reach the plateau.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Bases loaded for Almonte, but he can’t get the run in and the Yankees leave them stranded in the first.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Three straight singles did nothing for the Yankees in the top of the first. Three straight singles have now put the Orioles in front 1-0 in the bottom of the inning. It helps to hit the ball hard.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Chris Davis goes deep. That’s something like his 52nd of the season and the Orioles are up 4-0 in the first. They’ve made only one out so far.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Phelps gets a strikeout to leave runners at second and third, but the damage is clearly done.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Well that was a good second inning for Phelps, for whatever it’s worth.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Another hit by Chris Dickerson, this one drives in two runs and makes it 6-0 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: My goodness. Three-run homer by Flaherty, Phelps is finished and this is an official debacle. Brutal outing. Here comes Nova. Guess you can scratch that Minnesota start.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: The line on Phelps: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. His ERA jumped nearly an entire run, going from 4.01 to 4.95. Nova now has a lower season ERA than Phelps.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Rotten luck for Ichiro, but a rather awesome play by Hardy.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Zoilo’s sac fly has the Yankees on the board, but chipping away doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence in a 9-1 game.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Bases loaded with two outs and a right-handed reliever in the game, Girardi sees his best opportunity and brings Hafner to hit for Romine. Probably won’t get another chance like this to make a serious dent in that Orioles lead.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: And Hafner missed a grand slam by about three feet.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Chris Davis now has 30 home runs this season. You can’t add together any two Yankees and get 30 home runs.