Brett Gardner CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.11)
Hughes vs. Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Wilson Betemit DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Brian Roberts 2B
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 3.82)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network (pushed to around 8:20 because of rain)
WEATHER: Plenty of rain in the forecast. It’s helped break the heat a little bit, but it’s not the best situation for getaway day. That’s why we’re starting late.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Jeff Nelson
KEEP THE STREAK: 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 9-9 record against Baltimore this season, the Yankees need to win tonight’s game to maintain that streak.
FIT TO BE TIED (AFTER 8 INNINGS): Last night’s win after being tied, 3-3, heading into the ninth improved the Yankees’ record to an AL-best 10-4 this season in games that are tied after eight innings. That record is tied for the second-best such record in the Majors (Arizona, 16-6, .727; and Atlanta, 10-4, .714).
MORI ON SORI: Since joining the Yankees on July 26, Alfonso Soriano leads the Major Leagues with 15 home runs. He is the sixth player to hit 15 or more home runs for two different teams in one season, joining Fred McGriff (1993 Padres and Braves), Mark McGwire (1997 Athletics and Cardinals), David Justice (2000 Indians and Yankees), Carlos Beltran (2004 Royals and Astros) and Manny Ramirez (2008 Red Sox and Dodgers). That’s from Elias.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Wells can’t capitalize on back-to-back two-out singles by Soriano and Cano, and now it’s Hughes to start his night. Wonder just how short the leash will be.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Hey look, it’s a scoreless inning from Phil Hughes.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Only thing I know about the Gardner situation is what Jack Curry tweeted, that he touched his left side near the oblique after the check swing in the top of the first. Obviously he’s out and Granderson is in.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Against his old teammates, Mark Reynolds just hit a two-run homer for an early 2-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Wells gets it done this time, a two-run single for a 4-0 Yankees lead in the third.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Yankees announce a left oblique strain for Gardner. That’s a pretty big blow.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Wild pitch hurts Hughes in the bottom of the third. A two-out RBI single has cut the lead to 4-1.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Tough luck leadoff single off Hughes, and Huff is going to come in to face the lefty Markakis. Hughes pitched well, but obviously the leash was incredibly short.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: New center fielder Curtis Granderson with a solo homer to make it 5-1.