Brett Gardner CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (8-4, 3.02)
Nova vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B
Henry Urrutia DH
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.98)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Hot. Legitimately hot.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Joyce, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Jim Wolf, 3B Ed Hickox
CANO CAN: Robinson Cano is batting .372 (48-for-129) with 19 runs, 12 doubles, five homers, 27 RBI and nine walks in 33 games since August 5, marking the American League’s second-highest batting average over the stretch (Mike Trout, .375).
MIDDLEMEN: The Yankees have a 24-24 record in series openers and a 24-23 record in series finales. They are 28-21 in the middle games of a series.
BEATING THE O’S: The Yankees have had 15 straight non-losing season series against the Orioles from 1998-2012 (going 13-0-2), the longest current streak of its kind for any team against one opponent. With a 7-9 record against Baltimore this season, the Yankees need to win all three of the remaining games of this series to maintain that streak.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Well that didn’t work out very well. Leadoff double goes nowhere for the Yankees in the first.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Chris Stewart has a bad foot, but it’s healthy enough to let him score from first on a two-out double by Rodriguez. That’s enough for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the third.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Three innings in and Nova looks pretty sharp so far.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Logan hasn’t allowed a really hard hit ball all inning, but the Orioles have a run, two runners in scoring position and no outs. Nunez has been unable to make a couple of pretty tough plays.
UPDATE, 8;34 p.m.: Stewart looks stunned that Rodriguez cut off the throw home. Might have had a chance to get the out at the plate.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: First truly hard-hit ball of the inning, and it’s a two-run homer by Davis. Rough way to allow four runs and fall behind.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Home runs are helpful. Solo shots by Soriano and Reynolds have pulled the Yankees within 4-3 in the sixth.