1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Alfonso Soriano LF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Vernon Wells RF
6. Curtis Granderson DH
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Lyle Overbay 1B
9. Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes RHP
1. J.B. Shuck LF
2. Kole Calhoun RF
3. Mike Trout CF
4. Josh Hamilton DH
5. Erick Aybar SS
6. Mark Trumbo 1B
7. Hank Conger C
8. Chris Nelson 3B
9. Grant Green 2B
C.J. Wilson LHP
Umpires: Tony Randazzo HP, Brian Gorman 1B, David Rackley 2B, Larry Vanover 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: Mostly sunny, comfortable, 75 degrees
Sweeping up? The Yankees will try for their first four-game sweep against the Angels since July 21-24, 1994, in Anaheim.
Sori soaring: What’s the over-under on Alfonso Soriano’s RBI total today?
Update, 1:17: Hughes gives up an RBI single to Hamilton, 1-0 after a half inning. Hughes came in 2-9 with a 5.29 ERA in his previous 15 starts. Not exactly a strong contract push.
Update, 1:25: 1-2-3 first for Wilson with a twist. Soriano singled off the left-field wall, out trying for two.
Update, 2:01: Hughes one run, three hits allowed in three innings.
Update, 2:11: Gardner triples, Angels pull in infield in the third inning and Soriano takes advantage, ground single into left-center, 14 RBI in three games. 1-1.
Update, 2:21: Bases loaded, one out, and Wells plays rally killer, 5-4-3 double play.
Update, 2:30: Sac fly for Conger, 2-1 Angels in the fourth.
Update, 2:35: Hughes gives up the usual, a homer, this one to ex-Yankee Chris Nelson, 3-1.
Update, 2:36: If the umps, players association and owners approve an replay expansion play, managers will have three replay challenges per game, one over the first six innings. Not a big fan of that system to be honest.
Update, 2:48: Gardner strands two, 3-1 after four.
Update, 2:58: Hughes gets through five for the first time since July 23 when he went 5 2/3. So far, three runs, six hits for the Angels.
Update, 3:05: Cano doubles with one out, but the Yankees again can’t take advantage, infield outs for A-Rod and Wells.
Update, 3:11: First 1-2-3 inning for Hughes.
Update, 3:19: Wilson pitching a 10-hitter through six, yet the Yankees only have one run.
Update, 3:22: Hughes is done, three runs, six hits allowed, plus one walk, one hit batter. He fanned five, 73 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. Kelley in the seventh.
Update, 3:25: Quick 1-2-3 inning for him.
Update, 3:38: Scioscia finally pulls Wilson, two outs, one on in the seventh. YES had him at 124 pitches, scoreboard had him at 123. A lot in this day and age. Jepsen comes on.
Update, 3:47: Bloop double by Trout to start the eighth. Logan replaces Kelley.
Update, 4:03: Chris Nelson must be enjoying this. First career grand slam, off Logan. First career multihomer game, 7-1. Joba in to mop up.
Update, 4:10: Mopping not going well. Double, then RBI single for Shuck, 8-1. Chamberlain finally ends inning with K.
Update, 4:45: Scioscia on his third pitcher in the last of the ninth, Cano’s RBI single just made it 8-2. Two runs, 14 hits for the Yankees.
Update, 4:53: Wells two-run double, 8-4.
Update, 4:57: Yankees lose 8-4.