Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 5.06).
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.50).
THEY MEET AGAIN: The Yankees are 19-17 against the Red Sox the last two seasons. Remarkably, only three runs separate the teams over those 36 games. The Yankees have scored 200 runs, the Red Sox 197.
SWISH’S SLUMP: While his OBP is a robust .433, Nick Swisher is 4 for 25 (.160) in the last seven games with one RBI, two extra-base hits and seven strikeouts.
CAPTAIN COMEBACK: Derek Jeter has hit his first four home runs in 59 at-bats. That’s the quickest he has got to four home runs since 1999, when it took him 36 at-bats.
KING KONG KABRERA: Melky Cabrera’s last four hits have been home runs.
HIDEKI HEATS UP: After a 4 for 27 starts, Hideki Matsui is 6 of his last 14.
AN ALL-STAR AGAIN?: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 24 of 25 games dating back to last season. He is 22 of 60 (.367) and has walked six times.
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have at least one home run in nine straight games.
MAGNIFICANT MO: Mariano Rivera is has not allowed a run in seven innings this season and has thrown 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
BULLPEN BOUNCE BACK: Yankee relievers in the last three games have allowed one run over 12 innings.
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UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang is not here and may not be.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: No move yet on Wang, Girardi just said. They’re having him examined by Dr. Mark Lindsay, the rehab specialist working with A-Rod.
It sounds like they’re paving the road to the DL.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Girardi just said A-Rod had his best day yet of rehab. He indicated that he’s very close to a minor-league game.
UPDATE, 5:54 p.m.: If you’re in greater Hartford, I’m going to be on WTIC AM at 6:10 with Joe D’Ambrosio.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Brian Cashman just said he is waiting to talk to Dr. Lindsay and there is no news on Wang. In other words, he’s still on the roster. If they’re going to DL him, why not do it now and get a player here? It wouldn’t seem to make sense to play short.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Here is the audio of Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: We’re underway in Boston. Tex got booed but loud nearly like he did in Baltimore. Talk about a non-story.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Interesting game so far. Lester has struck out five and been aided by his defense as Mike Lowell just saved at least one run with a diving stop of a Swisher smash. Joba had a rocky first inning and a smooth second.
The Yankees have left five players on in three innings. The opportunities have been there.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, been busy with my newspaper stories. Nice at-bat for Ransom as he doubles to tie the score. Then Jeter did what he had to do and drove in the go-ahead run.
Joba is walking a bit of a tightrope but has been able to skip out of trouble. Now that he has a lead, he needs a quick inning against the lower part of the order.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: This is a self-created mess for Joba as he throws away a DP ball.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Then he gets another DP ball to end the inning. That’s three in four innings.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Joba allowed nine hits, walked four and hit one and allowed one earned run. That’s pretty solid, all things considered. Those double plays aren’t luck, they’re a product of command and a good sinking fastball.
The starters are out, 2-2 in the seventh. Another classic in the making.
It’s amazing to me that in the last 19 games these teams have played, they’ve each scored 95 runs.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Joba has a 2.78 ERA against Boston (22.2 innings), 2.51 in Fenway Park (14.1 innings). That’s impressive.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Remember when Hideki Okajima was unhittable against the Yankees when he first came over from Japan? Not so much now.
Bases loaded, one run in, nobody out. This is where Swisher and Cano need to step on their necks. Then the Yankees need to get six outs and give the lead to the Sandman.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: The Yankees took a 4-2 lead. They needed to do more with that situation. Meanwhile, the commie Red Sox just played Take Me Out To The Ballgame instead of God Bless America.
Big inning for Phil Coke. Jon Albaladejo warming up.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Three outs to Mo. A rested Brian Bruney figures to be next up.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Not sure what Ransom did there. But he’s out. Now they may really need to make that move with Wang. They’re running low on position players.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Sharp-eyed Sweeny Murti of WFAN said Ransom hurt himself stealing second. … Meanwhile, the Yankees have left 10 men on base, six in scoring position. You have to wonder whether that’ll come back and get them.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Something is wrong with Brian Bruney. What else could it be? But Albaladejo is getting it done.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: That was weird. Albie gets a strike and in comes Mo. This will be his first inning-plus appearance of the year, including spring training.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: Mariano, what can you say? Jeter screws up a play and he comes back and fans Pedroia. Nothing rattles the man.
I’m trying to decide whether this game was about good pitching or crappy situational hitting. The teams have left 21 men on base.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Boy, I had a perfectly good story written, too.
Those LOBs came back to get them. They should have been up more than two runs.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Stunning turn of events here. But the Yankees do have Veras and Ramirez in their bullpen (and Steven Jackson). I can only assume Bruney is injured.
The Yankees are 4 for 16 with RISP and have left 12 men on base, eight in scoring position. In this park, that’s asking for trouble.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Pedroia saves a run there. Now Damon has a chance.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: This would certainly get Tex into the heat of the rivalry if he delivers here against Papelbon.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Nice job by Marte. … Bruney was not in the bullpen. So clearly something is up. … Meanwhile, if Brett Gardner can’t get a good bunt down there, he’s not much use to the cause. That’s fundamental baseball.
As I wrote that, the Yankees have two on and one out. Can they mess up another opportunity? Something has to give.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: Golden sombrero for Big Papi. 1 for 6 with four strikeouts. Next time worry about yourself, not Joba Chamberlain. He’s .215 on the season.