A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
RED SOX (76-55)
Notes: The Yankees are 6-7 against the Red Sox this season. … Mark Kotsay is expected before game time but will not be in Boston’s lineup. … The Yankees have 35 home runs in August. Only the White Sox (47) have more in baseball.
SIR SIDNEY: Ponson is 3-12, 6.92 in 21 games against Boston in his career. He faced the Red Sox on July 27 and allowed seven runs in four innings.
THE IRON HORSE: Well, not quite. But this will be the 12th straight game Jason Giambi has played at first base. That’s his longest such streak since playing 19 straight from Sept. 1-20, 2005.
GET INTO THE GROOVE: A-Rod had one RBI in the last seven games.
BYRD MAN: Paul Byrd is 2-5, 4.90 against the Yankees in his career. Since 2007, he has throwing 14 innings against the Yankees, giving up 16 runs on 21 hits.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
He walks about A-Rod, Giambi and other topics. It’s fairly brief, about eight minutes. Among his comments is that A-Rod has hit in the clutch his whole career.
UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: Hank Steinbrenner is at the game. It is only the second game he has attended in person this season.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Jason Bay’s double makes it 2-0. Sir Sidney has already allowed three hits.
The Yankees are going to have to mash if they are to win this game. Ponson is already at 21 pitches and isn’t going to last long.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Apparently Bobby Meacham tied up Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale, donned his uniform and then sent Jason Bay into that sure out. Talk about cutting Ponson a break. Shows you what they think of Alex Cora.
2-0 Boston, Yankees coming to the plate. If they can score 18 here, Ponson should get the win.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Johnny Damon never, and I mean never, complains about a call. He had a right there. Tim Timmons missed it.
The crowd – for now – applauds Alex as he comes to the plate.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: And A-Rod delivers an RBI single. See, Joe Girardi was right.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Tyler Kepner did a little fact-finding to debunk Joe Girardi’s pre-game statement about A-Rod.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Well, I must admit, I did not expect the Byrd-Ponson matchup to be 2-1 after three innings.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Big hit there for Cano to tie the score at 2-2. And Matsui goes first to third on the single. You have to give Matsui credit for rehabbing like he did to come back. A lot of players would have had the surgery when the doctor suggested it.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Pudge Rodriguez is 10 of 51 with the Yankees with one RBI in 18 gamesand has struck out nine times.
It’s only 4-2. But there is little evidence the Yankees can overcome that. The last nine batters have gone in order and they’re three outs away from getting Papelbon.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Jose Veras is in the process of putting the game out of reach. One run in, no outs, bases loaded.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Now it’s 7-2. That should do it. Now they need Mussina to avoid a sweet.
The Yankees will be 12-18 since that eight-game win streak. The Yankees used to get in position then put the hammer down. Not this year.
It’s going to be interesting to see what these final 30 games are like.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Time to option David Robertson, no?
A 4-2 game turned ugly in a hurry. So far, the Yankees have been outscored 18-5 in the series they said they had to win. Can even Sunny Side Joe Girardi spin this in a positive fashion?
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Giambi is 4 for 4 against Timlin this season with three home runs and a double.