UPDATE 10:14 p.m.: The four hits the Yankees have going into the ninth inning matches their fewest of the season.
UPDATE 10:05 p.m.: That was the first run the Yankees scored against Hideki Okajima this season. He had a 5 3 0 0 2 7 line against the Yankees before tonight.
UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: In two starts against the Yankees this season, Julian Tavarez has held them to five runs and six hits in 10.2 innings. If Boston holds on, Tavarez will be 2-0 against the Yankees. That’s just dreadful. He is 1-4, 5.63 in his other six starts.
UPDATE 8:55 p.m.: I’m generally a Manny Ramirez defender. My brother-in-law Dave the Red Sox Fan hates Manny and thinks he’s a dog. But I think his offense makes up for his antics. There are times you wonder what the guy is thinking, however. He just flew to center, fairly deep. He walked four steps out of the box – walked – then turned around as Damon caught it. It shouldn’t be too much to ask a player to job to first.
But then you have to consider this:
Career home runs against the Yankees: Jimmie Foxx 70, Ted Williams 62, Hank Greenberg 53. Carl Yastrzemski 52, Manny Ramirez 51. The first four of those cats are Hall of Famers.
Meanwhile the Moose has retired nine in a row since Lowell homered. Now it’s up to the offense to take advantage of the still being in this game.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: Getting no-hit by a bat-shattering Julian Tavarez through three innings was not on the menu tonight. The Yankees have yet to take a decent swing off the guy. Meanwhile Mike Mussina has allowed eight hits and can’t throw his off-speed stuff for strikes with any consistency. His fastball is also in the 88-89 range, not the 91-92 it was two weeks ago. I suspect we could see Matt DeSalvo in relief if this keeps up with the Moose.
Here are the lineups:
Mussina RHP (2-2, 5.64)
Tavarez RHP (2-4, 5.59)
Pregame chatter: Still no word on the fate of Carl Pavano as Brian Cashman has not make himself available to the media. … Alex Rodriguez is 4 of his last 12 with three homers and four RBI. … Yankees offense last three games: 36 of 108 (.333), 19 runs, 14 walks, 17 extra-base hits. … Bobby Abreu is 9 of 26 against Tavarez with three doubles and three homers. … Posada is 4 of 6 with three doubles.