Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Luis Cruz SS
Alberto Gonzalez 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (4-8, 4.55)
Hughes vs. Twins
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit C
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Clete Thomas LF
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Samuel Deduno (4-4, 3.90)
Deduno vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Pretty nice day actually. Little bit of a breeze blowing in from left field, which feels nice. Better than last night.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Lance Barksdale
JUMPIN’ JULY: The Yankees are 9-3 in July and have had a non-losing record in the month of July in each of the last 20 seasons. If they win today and tomorrow, they’ll head into the break 11 games over .500.
ENTER SANDMAN: Mariano Rivera has 30 saves, leaving him tied with Texas’ Joe Nathan for second-most in the Majors behind Baltimore’s Jim Johnson, who has 32. Rivera’s 2.20 career ERA is the second-lowest such mark all-time (min. 1,000.0IP) since earned runs became an official statistic, fractionally behind only Eddie Cicotte (2.20) — whose ERA only counts his final eight career seasons (1913-20) — and just ahead of Jim Scott (2.26) and Babe Ruth (2.28). That’s from Elias.
ON THIS DATE: On July 13, 1985, the uniform numbers of Roger Maris and Elston Howard were retired during an on-field ceremony at the original Yankee Stadium. Also on this date in 1934, Babe Ruth hit his 700th career home run. He hit it in Detroit.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Perfect first inning for Hughes, including strikeouts of Mauer and Morneau.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Cano with a hard single off the mound for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the first.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Three straight strikeouts, then a solo homer. A very Phil Hughes moment.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Hughes has struck out five of the past six Twins. The only exception is the home run.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Almonte was running on the previous pitch as well. Didn’t work.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Yankees leave a couple on base in the fifth and it’s still a tied game. Hughes has allowed two hits.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Fine throw by Romine to help Hughes out of the sixth. The big thing was getting through Mauer. Still a 1-1 game.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Two pretty bad lineups. Any surprise it’s still 1-1 after six?
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Ryan Doumit sneaks one out to right field to put the Twins in front in the seventh. That’s the third Twins hit of the day, and their second since the Plouffe solo homer in the second.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Hafner gets the pinch hit double, but Romine and Gardner can’t get the hit needed to score the run and tie the game.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Well I didn’t expect the interference call there, and apparently neither did Gardenhire. Yankees catch a break.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: This was a really good start for Hughes until just a few seconds ago when No. 9 hitter Pedro Florimon went deep with a two-run homer, the third of the day off Hughes, and enough for a 4-1 Twins lead.