Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 2.93)
Nova vs. Angels
J.B. Shuck DH
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Josh Hamilton LF
Mike Trumbo 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Iannetta C
Andrew Romine SS
Grant Green 2B
RHP Jered Weaver (7-5, 2.87)
Weaver vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Honestly, it feels great out here. Kind of a perfect late-summer night.
UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B David Rackley
SMALL BALL: Yankees batters have homered in four straight games for the first time since June 3-6. They hit three homers on Tuesday, the club’s 10th game in 2013 with at least three home runs. They had 29 such games in 2012.
1-2 PUNCH: Last night, the first two batters in the Yankees lineup (Nunez, 4 RBI — Soriano, 6 RBI) combined for 10 RBI, marking the most combined RBI for those spots in the lineup in franchise history since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also notes that it was the most RBI by any 1-2 hitters in the Majors since Toronto’s Russ Adams (4 RBI) and Reed Johnson (6 RBI) accomplished the feat on July 1, 2005 at Boston.
FAMILY MATTERS: Austin Romine isn’t starting for the Yankees, but his brother Andrew is starting for the Angels.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Grand slam to center field for Soriano. That’s his sixth with the Yankees and 23rd of the year. He’s been incredible these past few days.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: So a week ago this team couldn’t beat the White Sox, and now they have six runs in the middle of the second inning against Jered Weaver?
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Soriano set a career-high with six RBI last night. He’s already reached six RBI tonight. The Yankees are up 8-0 against Jered Weaver.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Nova allowed two runs on three hits in the third but gets out of further trouble with a strikeout. It’s 8-2.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Good grief. Nova’s having a shaky game, but it hardly matters because Soriano is the most productive hitter on the planet suddenly. He just homered again and now has seven RBI. He has 13 RBI in the past two games.