Game 53: Yankees vs. Orioles • 06.02.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (6-1, 2.70)
Career vs. Orioles
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Brad Bergesen (3-3, 5.96)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Bill Welke, 1B Mike DiMuro, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Jim Reynolds
WEATHER: Right now I’m listening to a Weepies song called, I Was Made For Sunny Days. Today is one of those days. A few distant clouds but otherwise perfect outside.
CHASING MATTINGLY: Derek Jeter has 1,099 career RBI. Usually 1,100 wouldn’t really count as a milestone, but in this case, one more RBI will move Jeter past Don Mattingly for ninth on the all-time Yankees list. He also needs one lead-off home run to tie Rickey Henderson for the most lead-off homers in franchise history (24).
YES HE CAN: Robinson Cano was the American League Player of the Week last week and he’s currently riding a 15-game hitting streak. He’s batting .453 with eight doubles during the streak. He’s pretty good.
LOOKING FOR A WIN: Yankees starter Phil Hughes has only two no-decisions this season, and one of them came against the Orioles back in April. Hughes allowed only two hits and one run that day. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones have hit Hughes pretty well, but Miguel Tejada is 0-for-8 in his career against Hughes.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Rodriguez strikes out to strand Jeter at third. Of course, Hughes worked through a 1-2-3 top of the first, so it’s still a scoreless tied game.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Wow. Ken Griffey Jr. is retiring.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: And now the Yankees center fielder comes through with a big hit, a two-run double by Granderson for a 2-0 Yankees lead. Big test for Posada, who scored from first on the play.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Nice job by Granderson, staying in a rundown long enough for Jeter to get to second base. Swisher rewards the rundown with a two-out, two-run double. It’s now 4-0 Yankees in the second inning.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Cervelli takes one for the team and Gardner drives in a run with a sac fly. Now it’s 6-0 Yankees and the Orioles are into their bullpen which as been … um … not great
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Hughes is dealing. Through five innings he’s allowed three hits and no walks. He’s struck out six and really seems to be cruising through this Baltimore lineup.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Safe to say, we’ll all be talking about tonight’s Tigers-Indians game for a long, long time. Unreal.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Good throw by Brett Gardner, great relay by Ramiro Pena. The Yankees get the out at the plate to keep it an 8-1 lead after Robinson Cano’s home run.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: The Yankees needed to take advantage of this part of their schedule, and so far they’ve done that. Nick Swisher just drove in another run to make it 9-1.