Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
Phil Hughes RHP (0-1. 5.00)
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS
Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP (2-0, 1.47)
Notes: David Ortiz (0 for his last 17, 1 for his last 29, 3 for 43 on the season) was given the night off. … Hughes is facing Red Sox for the first time. … Matsuzaka is 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA against the Yankees. He won two starts in April last season. But his final two starts were not pretty: 12 10 7 7 8 9. … It’s supposed to get mighty cold in Boston tonight with temperatures down in the 30s and there’s a chance of rain. Thanks, ESPN.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Just watched Derek Jeter’s pregame workout. He fielded nearly 50 grounders, several in the hole and up the middle. He then did nine 50-yard sprints in front of the Green Monster with strength coach Dana Cavalea. Jeter said he felt no discomfort in his quad.
“I don’t see why not,” Jeter said when asked if he would play tomorrow. “I want to be in the lineup tonight.”
Jeter said he was running at 80 percent. If he can sprint tomorrow in Tampa, look for him in the lineup on Tuesday. Joe Girardi indicated earlier today that he would hold Jeter back an extra day once he felt ready to play.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Matsuzaka had walked two hitters and thrown only 4 of his 13 pitches for strikes when A-Rod came to the plate. So of course he swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play. I know he’s a great hitter but that’s a bad approach in that situation, isn’t it? Make Dice-K throw you a strike.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: That was a 39-pitch inning for Hughes. The Yankees had Ross Ohlendorf warming up in the bullpen. At some point, this team is going to need a long reliever. With Mussina, Hughes and Kennedy in order, the bullpen is going to get beat up otherwise.
Tough inning for Jose Molina as well. He got crossed up on that passed ball, that seemed pretty obvious.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: When it comes to arguing calls, Joe Girardi seems to take the same tact as Joe Torre, which is to say he stays in the dugout. So much for the (misguided) theory by some Yankee fans that Girardi would fire the Yankees up in such situations.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Phil Hughes looked great in the first start. But he has been awful since. In his last two starts he has gone 5 innings (throwing 152 pitches) and allowed nine earned runs on 12 hits and seven walks. There have been only flashes of the ability that he has.
Not that there needed to be another reason, but the struggles of Hughes and Ian Kennedy are further evidence of why Joba Chamberlain needs to get into the rotation this season. The more young starters the Yankees give opportunities to, the greater chance they have of finding somebody they can move forward with. It’s highly unlikely all three of the kids will be quality starters. The Yankees would be fortunate if one is.
Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn’t been much better tonight. The Yankees are still very much in this game. Pabelbon and Okajima are not expected to be available tonight.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.