Brett Gardner CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (13-11, 4.86)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Danny Valencia DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Mike Morse LF
Matt Wieters C
Alexi Casilla 2B
RHP Chris Tillman (15-5, 3.71)
Tillman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cloudy, but doesn’t look particularly threatening. Might get pretty hot here this week, but it feels nice right now.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Jeff Nelson, 3B Jim Wolf
REPEAT OFFENDER: Ichiro Suzuki notched his 20 steal of the season on Sunday. He has stolen at least 20 bases in each of his 13 Major League seasons to become just the third player in history to reach the total in his first 13 seasons in the Majors. The others are Rickey Henderson (first 23 seasons) and Ozzie Smith (first 16 seasons).
ON GARD! Over his last nine games, Brett Gardner is batting .394 with six doubles, two triples, a .474 on-base percentage and a .697 slugging percentage. He is batting .360 with three doubles, four triples, a home run, 41 RBI, a .429 OBP and .517 SLG with runners in scoring position this season. He has set single-season career highs in hits (145), doubles (32), triples (10), home runs (eight) and RBI (52).
SECOND TO (ALMOST) NONE: Robinson Cano needs three RBI to reach the 100 RBI plateau for the third time in his career (he had 118 in 2011 and 109 in 2010). He would become just the ninth second baseman in Major League history to have as many 100 RBI seasons and just the fourth since 1951 (minimum 75% of games at 2B per season with 100RBI). The other second basemen since 1951 are Jeff Kent (8), Chase Utley (4) and Bret Boone (3). The other second basemen before 1951 are all in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Charlie Gehringer (7); Bobby Doerr (6); Tony Lazzeri (5); Rogers Hornsby (5) and Joe Gordon (4).
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: I was upstairs eating when Alex Rodriguez hit his solo homer in the top of the first, and I got back to the press box just in time to see CC Sabathia immediately give up the lead in the bottom of the inning. Tied at one.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Showalter and Girardi had to be held back between innings here. Very odd. Showalter seemed to be saying “that’s not right” about something Girardi had done. Showalter was the aggressor, came out of the dugout yelling toward the Yankees dugout about something. Seemed to be yelling about something Girardi had said or done. Tony Pena was holding Girardi as the two managers screamed at one another. No one seems to know what it was about.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Jack Curry reports that YES cameras showed Girardi first saying something to Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson before Showalter got involved. The assumption seems to be that someone might have been accusing someone else of stealing signs, if only because it’s hard to think of what else might have sparked this sort of thing.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Costly double in the first inning. Three hard-hit outs in the second inning. But Sabathia has looked pretty good in the past two innings, and he’s kept the Orioles from grabbing the lead.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Another hard-hit double and another sac fly to center field. Meanwhile, here’s the YES replay of the altercation between Girardi and Showalter.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: That’s a two-run fifth and a 3-1 lead for the Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Three big strikeouts for Sabathia to keep the Orioles from taking advantage of another double.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Sabathia finished after 7.1 innings. With the bullpen short, it’s Adam Warren to face pinch hitter Brian Roberts and J.J. Hardy.