Johnny Damon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Jorge Posada DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jose Molina C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
Mike Mussina RHP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Sean Casey 1B
Julio Lugo SS
Josh Beckett RHP
Notes: It’s a sunny, nearly cloudless day in Boston and actually 72 degrees. … Just talked to Phil Hughes, a former Red Sox fan who will be starting at Fenway Park for the first time tomorrow. Clay Buchholz told the Boston writers he used to be a Yankees fan because he played shortstop growing up and idolized Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Here’s a Derek Jeter update for you: The Captain took BP, then he fielded groundballs for seven minutes (like a nerd, I counted: 31) and then he ran in left field, from the foul line to center field about five times back and forth. He snuck into the clubhouse before we had a chance to talk to him. But via PR maven Jason Zillo, Jeter said he had no setbacks.
UPDATE, 4;19 p.m.: Mrs. A-Rod is due to have their second child sometime next week, so Alex will be getting a couple of days off. He and Cano are the only Yankees to have played every game so far.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Had Gonzalez run through the bag there, he might have been safe. Bobby Valentine once made a great point about diving into first: If it gets you there faster, why don’t Olympic sprinters do it?
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: There’s some serious dark clouds headed over the park. They’re low, too. Could mean some rain. It went from a day game to a night game like that.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: The weird Independence Day cloud is moving away. No rain or aliens yet. … Meanwhile David Ortiz is 0 for his last 15 and 3 for 41 this season. That’s .073 for those of you who didn’t attend UMass-Amherst.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Official scorer Mike Shalin is going to have some explaining to do if Josh Beckett doesn’t give up another hit. He ruled that Robbie Cano’s grounder to second base in the third inning that Dustin Pedroia fielded then dropped was a single. So far, that’s been it for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 5;13 p.m.: Shalin is off the hook, the great Jose Molina just singled up the middle. Molina has hit safely in all eight games he has started this season.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Gonzalez’s base-running got the Yankees the go-ahead run. He smartly tagged up when Melky flew to center, getting over to third when Ellsbury made a sliding catch. He then took an good secondary lead and got to the plate when Beckett threw a wild pitch that bounced a few feet away.
Smart move by the Yankees (so far, at least) bringing up the AG to play shortstop instead of using Betemit.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Ortiz, wow. What a struggle for him. Meanwhile, do you walk Manny here? I do. Or at least give him nothing good.
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Like I said. Now it’s 3-2 Sox. That’s a terrible pitch.
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: It’s getting dark here again and there was a flash of lightning just now.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: It’s raining now, pretty hard. … Wait, now it’s a rain delay. Papelbon was on the mound warming up to face A-Rod with two on and two out in the eighth.
UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: The rain is starting to let up. The radar indicates that it should be clear enough to play soon.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: They’re rolling up the tarp now. A-Rod vs. Papelbon in 20-25 minutes or so.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: OK, bad news. There is more rain coming and they’re going to retarp. Is retarp a word? It is now. The tarp came off but they didn’t roll it up. The players even came out on the field.
So it can rain all game in Kansas City and they keep playing. But the threat of rain causes a delay in Boston. Then there are the Yankees, who called off Opening Day for no apparent reason. It all makes perfect sense.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The umpires knew what they were doing. It’s pouring now. By now, A-Rod could have studied every pitch Papelbon has ever thrown. I’m sure he must be getting some swings somewhere.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: What will A-Rod do against Papelbon? Vote in the poll over to the right.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp again. We’ll see if it stays off this time.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: The game is scheduled to get started at 8:25 p.m.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: The poll votes are in:
Get a hit: 339
Make an out: 126
Yell “Ha!” at Red Sox, sparking brawl: 138
Game about to start up again.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: We waited all that time for a three-pitch strikeout?