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Game 135: Yankees vs. Orioles

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YANKEES (71-63)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.14)
Nova vs. Orioles [2]

ORIOLES (71-62)
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Wilson Betemit 3B
Brian Roberts 2B

RHP Scott Feldman (4-3, 4.56)
Feldman vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Apparently there’s a chance of rain later in the day. Right now everything looks alright. Little bit cloudy, but nothing to put first pitch at risk.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Paul Schrieber

LEADING MEN: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are 31-0 this season in home games in which they have held a lead of at least two runs.

ARM STRENGTH: Beginning on Sunday, the Yankees will face four consecutive left-handed starting pitchers. They are 25-18 against lefty starters this season, including 15-7 at home.

HERO’S RECOGNITION: Prior to today’s game, United States Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter will be recognized on field in a pregame ceremony. He is the most-recent recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, having received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on August 26 for his heroic actions on October 3, 2009 during an attack by enemy forces at Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh District of Afghanistan.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Leadoff double by Gardner, get-him-over at-bat by Jeter and an RBI double by Cano. Quick and easy way to score a run and take a lead.

UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Nova gets out of trouble in the second — double play helped — and the Yankees keep a one-run lead.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Breaking ball that bounced well in front of the plate, then hit the batter. Perhaps not one for the Ivan Nova highlight reel.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Naturally, the guy who wasn’t supposed to play today has two hits. But the story of this day — so far — is brilliant Ivan Nova. What a start on a day when the offense hasn’t been able to carry its weight.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Third time Gardner’s been on base today.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Exactly three months ago, Nova was optioned to Triple-A. Incredible.