Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (11-11, 4.81)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Danny Valencia DH
Alexi Casilla 2B
Taylor Teagarden C
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-6, 3.77)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: No option of a roof today, and likely no need for one.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Eric Cooper
WHAT A RELIEF: The Yankees bullpen has a Major League-best 1.14 ERA (39.1 IP, 5 ER, 18 BB, 29 K, 2 HR) since August 16. In that time, the team’s relievers are 3-0 with four saves.
MIDDLEMEN: The Yankees have identical 22-22 records in series openers and series finales, but own a 26-19 record in the middle games of a series.
ON THIS DATE: For you music fans, it was on August 30, 1992 that U2 played the second of two consecutive dates at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: 1-2-3 first inning for each team.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Wow. Wide open left side of the infield. Granderson bunts it where the pitcher can get it. Brutal.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Wild pitch lets the runner advance, and a two-out single brings him home.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Well that’s weird, Alfonso Soriano just hit a home run. That’s his 12th since coming to the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Sabathia has given the lead right back with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth. The Yankees have one hit so far. Not looking great for several reasons.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Another two-out RBI single off Sabathia and the Orioles lead is up to 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Get the ball in the air and the shift doesn’t matter.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Double. Double. Home run. Just like that, Yankees in front 5-4.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: That got the bat, didn’t it?
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Six straight Yankees have reached base since Sabathia gave back the lead. There are no outs and the bases are loaded with the middle of the order coming up as the Orioles go to their bullpen. Yankees could really take control of the game right here.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Booing Alex pretty hard after that inning-ending double play to end this productive fifth.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Make that three two-out, RBI singles off Sabathia.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Wow. Need further proof that Sabathia is no longer considered the ace of the staff? He was just pulled with two outs and a two-run lead in the sixth after just 86 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Several ways to place blame on that bunt play. 1. What’s Granderson doing there? Clearly Rodriguez and Soriano weren’t ready for the bunt, fully expecting an RBI guy to try to drive in the runs. 2. If Soriano’s going to go, it’s got to be on contact. Can’t wait around. If he thought the pitcher was going to be able to tag him out, then he should retreat. 3. Rodriguez can’t go if Soriano doesn’t. Maybe he’s ready for the bunt and breaking on contact, but once Soriano’s not moving, he shouldn’t be that far down the line. My initial thought was that Granderson did something unusual that confused everyone, and that’s clearly not good. My next thought was that the hitter’s going to do what he’s going to do, and that starts a chain reaction: Soriano has to react to the defense, and Rodriguez has to react to Soriano.