Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 3.79).
GAME TWO: The teams are back at it today (Fox, 4 p.m.) after last night’s 5-4, 11-inning Red Sox victory. Mariano Rivera allowed a two-run homer by Jason Bay in the ninth before Damaso Marte gave up a solo walk-off by Kevin Youkilis.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: The Yankees had won 86 straight games when having the lead after the eighth inning.
DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN: Last night was only the third blown save Mo has had in 44 chances on the road.
COKE IS IT AGAIN: Phil Coke’s last four appearances: 3.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs.
THINK GREEN: Former Yankees backup Nick Green is 10 of his last 28 with six extra-base hits. He has been playing shortstop for the Red Sox, filling in for an injured Julio Lugo and Jed Lowrie.
STREAKING ON: Robinson Cano has a 11-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in 15 of 16 games this season and 25 of 26 going back to last season. … Nick Swisher has reached safely in all 16 games this season.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: The three Molina brothers (Jose, Yadier of the Cardinals and Bengie of the Giants) all started behind the plate last night and combined to go 6 for 11 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 homer, 3 RBI and 3 walks.
ON THE SOX: Remember, for news from the other side, visit WEEI.com and the Full Count Blog.
THE LATEST NEWS: INF Angel Berroa, RHP David Robertson and RHP Mark Melancon are on the way from Triple-A Scranton. They will replace INF Cody Ransom (right quad), RHP Chien-Ming Wang (sore hips) and apparently RHP Brian Bruney (right elbow). More on this later
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 12:39 p.m.: Bruney is on the DL.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: No word yet on the severity of Bruney’s injury. … Meanwhile A.J. is readying for his start by watching the movie 300. He has a Spartan warrior tat on his left arm.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Ransom on 60-day DL. Melancon won’t be here until 5:30. They’ll make another 40-man move later.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Humberto Sanchez DFA. He’s injured, so not sure if anybody would take him. Clarification: He has been released.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Bruney has what they are calling a strained flexor mass. His ligaments are fine, it’s a muscle injury. He will not throw for a week and they’re hoping that takes care of it.
It’s “mix and match” time in the eighth inning according to Girardi.
Ransom hasn’t had an MRI yet but they’re convinced his tear is serious and so he’s on the 60.
Also, Sanchez was flat-out released, not DFA’d. His inability to stay healthy caught up to him. The Sheffield trade hasn’t worked out too well. Sanchez was the key to that deal. They also got Anthiny Claggett and Kevin Whelan.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Melancon was not on the same flight as Robertson and Berroa as they didn’t get the news on Bruney until this morning. He will not be here for another three hours or so.
I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch. There has been a lot of buzz in the organization about Mark. Adding a 23-year-old power arm to the bullpen is a good thing. The Yankees have arms. But when they’re forced to call up a guy like Berroa to play third base, it speaks to the lack of bats in their system. All of the talent is in A ball.
There’s a decent chance Berroa will be a disaster at 3B. He has never played there beyond a few innings in spring training and at Scranton. It’ll be interesting to see to what extent — if any — this pushes A-Rod’s timetable up. It wouldn’t seem worth the risk to push him. But you never know.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Before you ask — and I know somebody will — they’re not moving Joba back to the bullpen. Girardi said they remain committed to him being a starter.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. He was in the dugout. He talked about the injuries, the reconstituted bullpen, etc.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: If you remember nothing else from this blog remember this: Never shake hands with Tim McCarver if you see him coming out of a bathroom. That’s all I’m going to say. Just don’t.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: The Red Sox are honoring a 100-year-old former batboy today. Angel Berroa was happy to see the guy again. They were roommates back when Berroa played for the Boston Braves.
Usain Bolt just threw out the first pitch. We’re about to get underway.
Today is the 2,010th game between the Red Sox and the Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: We’re underway. It’s a pleasant 83 degrees in Boston. Enjoy the game, everybody.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Swish is fun to watch. He saw nine pitches in that at-bat. He just sucked up 8-10 percent of the pitches Beckett might throw today. There is a lot of value in that.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Beckett has already thrown 31 pitches and it’s 2-0. What a shame, you hate to see bad things happen to such a good guy.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: 2-0 Yankees as Beckett threw 36 pitches, 17 for strikes.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Big Papi looks d-o-n-e. His bat speed is non-existent. He’s hitting .258 since the start of last season and has yet to homer this season. Joe Girardi said he remains “scary” but long gone are days when the Yankees would pitch around him.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Wow, Burnett just made Lowell (his old teammate) look defenseless. … Burnett has now throws 24.2 innings at Fenway in his career and allowed one earned run. That is fairly well insane.
We at the LoHud Yankees Blog would like to welcome Mark Sanchez to the Jets. You seem like a nice young man. But here’s hoping Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork snap you in half on Sept. 20.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Robinson Cano smacks off off the Pesky Pole and it’s 4-0 Yankees. That’s now a 12-game hit streak for Robbie as he stays hot in April. He has hit safely in 26 of 27 games dating back to last season.
The Yankees have proven to be pretty good at forgetting about bad losses, haven’t they?
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: The Yankees now have eight hits off Beckett and most have been smashed. Jeter is really hitting the ball with authority of late.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Sad news from the world of entertainment as Bea Arthur has passed away at the age of 86. You have it hand to Berroa for playing. He and Bea were close back in the 1950s.
UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: Cano clubs one off the wall. 6-0.
Yankees are 3 for 7 with RISP. Nice work after last night.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Red Sox get their first runner to second base here in the fourth inning. A.J. has some work to do.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Burnett got squeezed there by Jim Wolf. Bases loaded and one out for Bay.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Why did 3B coach DeMarlo Hale hold Youkilis on Damon’s arm?
6-1. That can change in a hurry here. Burnett needs to quell the uprising.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: That curveball to Lowell was sick. Lowell has K’d twice and seen eight pitches.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Like I said, things change in a hurry here. Yankees lead 6-5 as Varitek drills a slam into the Yankees bullpen.
It’s rarely simple and easy in this series.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Wow. Burnett has fallen apart. If the Yankees blow a 6-0 lead and lose at Fenway, the hot seat Joe Girardi is on is going to get mighty toasty.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Get the feeling we will see Mark Melancon in this one before it’s over?
UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Bases loaded, nobody out for Drew. Girardi has to come get Burnett, doesn’t he?
Last two innings: 1+ 6 6 6 2 2 and a HBP.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m: Tex and Posada made that look good. Huge play in a tie game. Now this is the biggest batter of the game.
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Burnett loses Bay with a 1-2 pitch that sails off the wall in center. It was a decent pitch, too, low and a little inside.
What a mess. From 6-0 to losing 8-6.
Burnett’s line through 3 innings: 3 1 0 0 1 1
Burnett’s line the last 2: 2 7 8 8 2 2. 2 HR 1 HBP. It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance, just like his career has been.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Raise your hands if you though Beckett would still be pitching in the sixth inning.
Prediction: The Yankees will re-take the lead in this game. I’m not saying they’ll win, but they’ll get the lead back. Then anything could happen.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Like I said … 8-8. It’ll be 9-8 in a minute when Tex drills one.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: Of course, he’d have to swing to drill one.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Mark Melancon (No. 39) just jogged out to the bullpen with Mo.
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: There is no overstating the unreliability and inconsistency of Jose Veras. He literally could do anything every time he comes in. He’s either great or lousy, there is rarely any middle ground.
This time: lousy. Based loaded, one put for Phil Coke and a due-for-a-dinger David Ortiz.
Or a double play.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Wow, that was dumb base-running by Pedroia. Instead of Youkilis up with a runner on third, the inning is over.
Maybe he couldn’t see the play over Tex’s spike.
9-8 Red Sox. What are the odds it ends that way, 1,000-1?
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: Jeter had a chance there. The short bench is going to hurt the Yankees in the final innings. There aren’t many moves Girardi can make.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: The little elf kicks one, two runs score and the Yankees lead. Not to pat myself on the back (well, screw it, i will), but I did predict they’d come back at 6:13 p.m.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Can the Yankees hold a 10-9 lead for three innings? Yeah, and maybe I’ll outrace Usain Bolt down Yawkey Way. Assuming he’s still here.
They Yankees need to keep scoring.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Has an intentional walk every worked out well for Girardi? Here’s a wild thought, how about having fewer runners on base in a game like this?
This team needs to get Robertson and Melacon in the mix and let them pitch.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Hope you had the over.
Remember when A.J. was pitching well in this game? Me, neither.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Blown call there on the Ellsbury steal. Another run would be huge in this game. Given the foibles of Edwar …
Meanwhile we’re closing in on four hours.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: See ya, Edwar. Now Damaso Marte. What’s worse, his 15.43 ERA or that he’s signed through the end of the 2011 season?
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: So much for David Robertson. Yikes. What a mess this game has been.
Papelbon should be able to hold a 16-11 lead. But this would be the day he couldn’t if it ever were to happen.
Back later from the clubhouse with any news. Audio will be tough as we talk to Girardi in the concourse and it’s very noisy. His office is the size of a closet