RED SOX (60-43)
Notes: The Yankees have won six straight and 11 of 14. They are a solid 23-23 on the road but have lost four of their last five away from the Bronx. … The Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep in Seattle.
BECKETT AND THE BOMBERS: Beckett is 3-0, 3.92 ERA against the Yankees this season. He had been 4-3 prior to this season with a 6.65 ERA.
DAMON SINCE THE DL: Johnny Damon is 2 for 11 since he came off the disabled list. But playing at Fenway could be just what he needs to get going.
YANKEES IN THE SWING: Derek Jeter is 8 of 24 with four RBI and four extra-base hits. … A-Rod has eight RBI in the last six games. … Robbie Cano is 14 of 27 with 7 RBI and 5 runs scored since the break. He has gone from .246 to .265.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Manny Ramirez was in the lineup and was scratched just before BP. Suffice it to say, Red Sox fandom is displeased.
Meanwhile, lots of news from Brian Cashman:
* Phil Hughes will throw two innings in the GCL on Monday. He will soon be activated off the DL and optioned. Cashman would not predict whether Hughes would return to the majors. Cash said that teams are clamoring for Hughes in trade talks but he will not deal him.
* Carl Pavano is scheduled to start a GCL game on Tuesday. Assuming he is not attacked by bees first or gets a sunburn.
* Ross Ohlendorf has pitched so well as a starter for Scranton that he is being considered as a starter again.
* Cashman is not optimistic about making a trade. “But it only takes one call.” He drove up to Boston today and was on the phone the entire time.
* On the subject of Barry Bonds, Cashman would not rule it out because he never rules anything about. But he said he has not spoken to Jeff Borris, Bonds’ agent. So it’s not happening and never was.
* Brian Bruney needs more work on his velocity and command before they bring him back.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Cashman said he has faith in Molina and Moeller to catch the rest of the season. Finding a catcher is not high on his list.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game media session:
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: It would seem that starting at Fenway for the first time is not going to shake up Joba Chamberlain. He fanned Ortiz and Youkilis to end the first inning. This has all the makings of a great matchup with these two guys pitching. The Yankees need to make Beckett work, which they did in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Wow, two terrific defensive plays that inning by the Yankees. It’s like a new Robbie Cano came back from the Dominican.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Not sure what to make of this yet. But Phil Coke pitched an inning for Trenton (striking out the side) then was pulled from the game. Might he be on the move for somebody?
8:09 p.m.: THE YANKEES HAVE MADE A TRADE:
OF Xavier Nady and LHP Damaso Marte from Pittsburgh for OF Jose Tabata, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Phil Coke and RHP George Kontos.
TRADE ANALYSIS, 8:40 p.m.: This is a smart move for the Yankees. Nady gives the lineup a right-handed hitting boost with Matsui and Posada out and unlikely to return. Even if Posada comes back, his shoulder problem clearly was hampering his hitting.
Nady can play left field, allowing Damon to DH. Marte slides into the bullpen, giving the Yankees what is right now the best unit in the league.
Tabata, while only 20, has not hit for power and was a discipline problem this season. Ohlendorf is a No. 5 starter type or a set-up man. Coke has pitched well the last two seasons but you have to give up something to get something.
Neither Coke or Kontos were among the team’s A-list prospects, although Coke was moving up fast.
Getting Nady also serves as a hedge to letting Abreu leave as a free agent as he is under control through 2009. I don’t see the downside to this move beyond risking what those kids might become.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Well, you knew that was coming. I get that Joba doesn’t like Youkilis, nobody does. But in a 1-0 game in the seventh inning, why start something?
But you have to like how Joba gets after it. The Yankees need a guy like this atop their rotation.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Joba’s seven innings were a career high, hence Farnsworth.
But even Girardi and all his boundless faith had Rivera warming up and now he’s in. It would be the second five-out save of the season for Mo if he can get it.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: All hail the great Rivera. Eight pitches, crisis over.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Terrific game. Seven straight for the Yankees, one behind Boston in the loss column and Joba has established himself as a beast.
With the trade and this win, it’s a very good day for the pinstripes.