Here are the lineups:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguex 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui LF
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Andy Pettitte LHP (13-8, 3.78)
Julio Lugo SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Lowell 3B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Bobby Kielty LF
Coco Crisp CF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF (Crisp was scratched at 6:25 with a sore hip)
Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP (14-12, 4.44)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are 5-1 on their road trip, having outscored the Royals and Jays 34-15. … Red Sox have won five of their last seven. … Cabrera is 5 of 25 on the trip with no RBI. … Matsui if 0 for 5 against Matsuzaka and Posada 3 for 6. Hence Posada hitting fifth.
UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: The Yankees could have some bullpen issues tonight. Along with Joba Chamberlain being out, Kyle Farnsworth remains unavailable with a stiff neck and Luis Vizcaino was “tight” after pitching yesterday for the first time in nine days. The Viz’s availability was uncertain. It sounds like they will try and get as much as they can out of Andy Pettitte then give him an extra day of rest before his next start.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre’s pregame meeting with the media:
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Coco Crisp (hip) was just scratched and replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Here we go, first pitch. No warnings were issued to the teams. If something does happen, Shelley Duncan is the guy to keep an eye on. That boy is crazy.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Dice-K has either thrown up and in or hit Alex Rodriguez every time he has started against the Yankees this season. If he did that on purpose, that was pretty stupid as it loaded the bases with one out. I think there’s a fairly good chance based on how he’s pitching (19 pitches, 10 strikes) that he just doesn’t have control.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The Yankees really wasted a chance there as Posada and Matsui came up empty with the bases loaded. That was a chance to really shatter the confidence of Matsuzaka, who has been getting shelled this month. Instead, he’s off the hook. But he did throw 27 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in all 12 games he has played since being called up on Sept. 1. Once Manny Ramirez returns, it will be interesting to see if Ellsbury plays right field in place of Nancy Drew.
Somebody asked who Joe Torre yelled, “Hey young man!” to during his pregame. That was Johnny Pesky.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: How do you send David Ortiz to the plate on Melky Cabrera’s arm? bad decision there by DeMarlo Hale, especially with a good hitter like Youkilis coming to the plate. Yankees caught a break there.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: It was a matter of time before Jason Giambi’s defense at first base cost the Yankees a run. The price you pay for his presence in the lineup is knowing that every ball hit his way – even those right at him – are fraught with peril.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: I love the stat that Hideki Matsui has three triples this season and A-Rod hasn’t had one since May of 2006. Go figure baseball.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Melky Cabrera needs to be benched for a day and fined $1,000 for continuing to slide into first base. Joe Torre, Larry Bowa, Tony Pena and half his teammates have told him to stop doing it. Yet he continues to do it.
OK, fine. Than sit for a day and think about it. He may have cost the Yankees a run there. What he’s doing is insubordination at this point.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: As Andy Pettitte heads for 100 pitches, we’re clearly going to get a big dose of Jeff Karstens or Kei Igawa tonight. There is probably little point of burning out whatever bullpen they have.
This game was botched when they let Matsuzaka off the hook in the first inning.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: That’s 40 doubles for Posada, matching his career high of 2002.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: What a strange game for Matsuzaka. In 5.2 innings he put 10 runners on base and threw 121 pitches.
Up 5-1, he loaded the bases and forced Terry Francona to take him out of the game with the tying run at the plate. Yet the crowd cheered like he had just paid off their bar tabs.
My vote this year in the BBWAA awards is for Rookie of the Year and I have no idea what to make of him yet. I think it’s foolish that Japanese veterans are considered rookies, but the rules are the rules.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Derek Jeter has four hits in his last 38 at-bats and is 2 for 21 on this trip. At some point, playing him on that sore knee is counterproductive.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: How’s Andy Phillips look now? Giambi’s defense has cost them three runs. It could be 4-2.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: I’m considering gouging out my eyes with a pen to avoid watching any more of this tedious game. It’s the seventh inning and there have been six relief pitchers used. Why do these teams always play four-hour games?
Meanwhile, C.C. Sabathia struck out 13 tonight but allowed four runs and did not get the win for Cleveland. The door to the Cy Young Award could swing open for Chien-Ming Wang or Josh Beckett tomorrow. A big game on national TV would help either of them.
UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: Okajima is showing some wear and tear. That was his 64th appearance. He has allowed 15 hits in his last 11.2 innings. Okajima is apparently Japanese for “Proctor.”
UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: I may have to sleep in the press box because there will be panic in the streets of Boston if the Yankees hold on to this game. What a stunning turnaround.
UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: The runs allowed by Papelbon were his first since July 28. Meanwhile, Okajima has sudddenly become a problem for Boston. He has allowed 11 runs on 15 hits in his last 11.2 innings.
If this score holds, it would be five straight wins by the Yankees against Boston and eight in the last 10 games.
Fenway Park is practically silent. What a shocking turn of events.