Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Vernon Wells RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.05)
Pettitte vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Mike Morse LF
Danny Valencia DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.76)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Tarp came off the field about an hour ago.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Chad Fairchild
AND IN THE END: Since Joe Girardi became manager in 2008, the Yankees have an 86-60 regular season record in September/October, which is the best mark in the AL over the span and the second-best record in the Majors (Philadelphia, 92-57, .617).
EVEN BEFORE GIRARDI: Since 2001, the Yankees have MLB’s best Sept./Oct. regular season record, going 216-127 (.630) with just one losing month over the span (went 13-17 in 2010).
GOING DEEP: Most home runs in the Majors since July 26: Alfonso Soriano (12), Miguel Cabrera (12), Chris Davis (10), Justin Morneau (10), Paul Goldschmidt (9), Darin Ruff (9).
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 inning for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Leadoff double by Gardner. This is looking familiar.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Advancing ground out by Jeter. If Cano doubles here, it’ll be a replay of yesterday’s first inning.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Ok, so I guess that was different than yesterday’s first inning.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Remember when Orioles starter Chen threw 26 pitches in the first inning? Well, he just threw six pitches in the second.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: RBI single by Soriano brings in Gardner and gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first. Same number of hits for each team (3), but Pettitte has kept the Orioles off the board so far.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: I could be wrong, but it looked like Rodriguez hesitate for a moment after scooping that roller considering whether to throw or concede the hit. Maybe he didn’t just looked like there was a little hesitation.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Chen loses the strike zone. Back-to-back walks, one with the bases-loaded gave the Yankees one run and got Jeter to the plate for a sac fly. It’s now 3-0 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Pettitte is through five scoreless. He’s really gotten himself going again. Things were looking pretty uncertain a few weeks ago.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Old shortstop skills showing for Rodriguez turning a double play with the shift on.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Well that’s pretty stunning. Shawn Kelley has been terrific this season, but he just allowed an RBI single and a three-run homer in relief of Pettitte. It was a 3-0 Yankees lead. It’s now a 4-3 Yankees deficit. This would be an incredibly deflating loss.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: That’s only the second home run Kelley’s allowed since May 16. He had allowed just two of 37 inherited runners score this season.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Wow. Three-run homer by Jonse. The only out this inning is Machado popping up when he probably shouldn’t have been bunting in the first place. Absolutely brutal.