Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.53).
Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 3.18).
GAME THREE: The Yankees will and avert a sweep in an 8 p.m. ESPN game. Meanwhile fans will try and avert listening to Joe Morgan. … The Yankees lost 5-4 in 11 and 16-11. … It’s off to Detroit after the game. I have a 6 a.m. Northwest flight and may just stay up all night.
THE STOPPER: Good note from Elias via the Yankees: Tonight marks the 24th time in Andy Pettitte’s career as a Yankee that he will start in the final game of a series with the Yankees trying to avoid a sweep. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in his Yankees career, has gone 17-1 in those starts – including one win in an abbreviated two-game series. Went 4-0 with one no decision in 2008 in such starts, including four road starts.
HISTORICALLY BAD: Saturday’s loss at Boston marked just the third time in franchise history that the Yankees lost a game by at least five runs in a game in which they had once led by at least six runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it had not happened since June 5, 1956 vs. Cleveland, when the Yankees let a 6-0 lead slip and lost 15-8. It marked the largest lead blown against Boston since May 16, 1968 at Fenway Park (led 9-3 in the fourth, lost 11-10).
WHO’S HOT: Jeter is 8 of 21. … Damon is 9 of 21. … Swisher has reached base safely in all 17 games. … Phil Coke has thrown four scoreless innings in a row. … Matsui is 7 of 18.
WHO’S REALLY HOT: Robbie Cano (.366/.410/.634) is having the best April of his career. He has hit safely in all but one game and had five homers along with 15 RBI. He takes a 12-game hit streak into the game.
CLUTCH IN SHORT SUPPLY: The Yankees have left 27 men on base in two games and are 7 for 36 with runners in scoring position.
ON THE SOX: Remember, for news from the other side, visit WEEI.com and the Full Count Blog.
Back later with much more.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher just showed up in a black suit with red pinstripes. It zips up the front. He also had on a gray fedora. He looks like one of Al Capone’s henchmen.
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Johnny Damon is out of the lineup with a sore right shoulder, a sore knee and a sore back. Girardi said he hopes Damon will be available tomorrow.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez just had physical therapy today. Girardi said “there is a chance” the third baseman would get in a minor-league game this week. That is Girardi-speak for he will get in a game this week.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: No score through one inning. It was 60 degrees at game time, a drop of about 20 degrees from what it was this afternoon in Boston. All the seats are full between the dugouts. What a concept.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Nice situational baseball there by the Yankees. Two singles, a bunt, a sacrifice fly.
I’m not sure I’m bunting in the third inning of a scoreless game at Fenway Park. But it worked out for now.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: As was widely predicted, using Angel Berroa at third base is not proving to be a great idea. He has made two errors so far this inning and cost Andy Pettitte a run.
This is a guy who up until yesterday had played one-third of an inning at third base in the majors. People used to complain all the time about Joe Torre going with the experienced player instead of the rookie. There is no difference in this case. Joe Girardi is using Berroa because he knows who he is. Ramiro Pena would be a much better choice. He won’t hit, but at least he’ll make the basic plays at the position.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Another hit for Robinson Cano. He has a 13-game hit streak. He also has hit safely in 27 of 28 games dating back to last season.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Pettitte is pitching well. But you can’t walk Varitek to start the inning. You knew that would come back and bite him.
Now it’s 2-1 Sox with the bases loaded for Drew as Girardi calls for the intentional walk of Youkilis.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Ellsbury just stole home on Pettitte. That is inexcusable.
But Pettitte does not hold runners well. If you remember, Aaron Hill of Toronto did the same to him two years ago.
Now the game is getting away from the Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: That at-bat was No. 8,102 for Jeter. That ties Mickey Mantle for the most in franchise history.
Hey, it’s Mark Melancon.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Wow, a relief pitcher who can get three outs in a row. What a concept.