Notes from Yankee Stadium for this afternoon’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Kansas City Royals, as the Yankees look to wrap up this homestand and head off on their trip to Cleveland and St. Petersburg …
BIRTHDAY BOYS: Yankees First Base Coach Mick Kelleher (63) and RHP Javier Vazquez (34) are each celebrating their birthday today.
FAMILIAR FACE: The Yankees will face RHP Sean O’Sullivan today, six days after he defeated them as an Angel (on 7/20)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last pitcher to start games against the Yankees for two different teams within a six-day span was George Brunet in 1969 for the Angels (7/27) and Brewers (8/2).
WRAPPING IT UP: The Yankees are 20-11 in series finales this season, winning each of their last nine such contests…are 8-1 in their last nine series finales at home.
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez DH, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Curtis Granderson CF, Brett Gardner LF, Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (11-3, 3.99)
Scott Podsednik LF, Jason Kendall C, Wilson Betemit 1B, Jose Guillen DH, Rick Ankiel CF, Mike Aviles 2B, Alex Gordon RF, Yuniesky Betancourt SS, Chris Getz 2B
RHP Sean O’Sullivan (1-0, 2.08)