Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.56).
RED SOX (35-24)
Pitching: RHP Brad Penny (5-2, 5.85).
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES.
NOT A RIVALRY SO FAR: The Yankees are 0-7 against the Red Sox this season, getting outscored 32-51. They have lost eight straight dating back to last season. It’s Boston’s longest streak against New York since a 14-game win streak that started on Oct. 3, 1911 and ended July 1, 1912.
THIS IS WHY THEY SIGNED HIM: CC Sabathia is 4-0, 2.49 in his last six starts. He will be facing Boston for the first time since the 2007 ALCS. Sabathia has started only seven games against Boston in his career, going 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts at Fenway Park. Sabathia has not pitched a regular-season game against Boston since July 24, 2007. His last start at Fenway came on Aug. 1, 2006.
Sabathia was 0-2 with a 10.45 ERA on two starts against Boston during the 2007 ALCS.
A-SLUMP FOR A-ROD: Alex Rodriuez is 0 for 7 in the series and 0 for 12 overall. He has one homer in his last 16 games and is 4 for 27 in his last eight games. His batting average has fallen from .260 to .231.
CALL MONTOURSVILLE: Mike Mussina is the last Yankee to beat the Red Sox.
STARTING OFF POORLY: The line for Yankees starters A.J. Burnett and Chien-Ming Wang this series: 5.1 innings, 11 hits, 7 earned runs, 8 walks, 4 strikeots.
BAD TREND: The Yankees have gotten 2.2 inning or less from their starters six times this season.
JORGE’S THE WAY: Jorge Posada has 28 homers against Boston, the most for a Yankee since Mickey Mantle hit 69. Only three active players — A-Rod (39), Jason Giambi (35) and Jim Thome (35) — have more.
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UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Wang starts Wednesday. … Bruney at Trenton on Saturday.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Wang was told my Girardi today that his next start was very important. Wang fully understands. “I’m getting one more chance,” he said. “I have to pitch good.”
Wang was relieved when he met with the manager as he feared, if not expected, a demotion to the bullpen. But the Yankees are banking on the idea that a pitcher who was 46-15 over 2.5 years still has the abilty.
Had the Yankees decided to pitch Hughes, that would have made sense. But the problem is there is nowhere to go with Wang. He can’t be traded DL’d or demoted. Throwing him in the bullpen is essentially giving up. If he can’t beat the Nationals at home …
Girardi said he made his decision after reviewing the video of last night’s game. As bad as he was, Wang didn’t get much help from Nick Swisher in right field. That cost him a run. Plus he did have good velocity and threw some good sinkers.
The x-factor in this situation is that Mrs. Wang will have birth induced on Tuesday if she does not have the baby beforehand.
My friends in the Taiwanese media tell me that the birth of a baby is said to bring good luck in Chinese culture. For Wang’s sake, he better hope so.
Brian Bruney threw 25 pitches of live BP to Angel Berroa (ah, so that’s why he is here) and Ramiro Pena. He felt fine and will start a rehab assignment on Saturday at Trenton. He could be activated on Tuesday if that goes well.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Nice bunch here at Fenway as they cheer A-Rod getting hit by a pitch.
Meanwhile, the umpires are actually warning the teams, which is just ridiculous. Why would Penny hit A-Rod with a 1-1 pitch with two outs on purpose? He’s hitting .231 and is 0 for the series.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Two more runners left in scoring position. Yankees now 6 of their last 53 and 2 for 19 in the series.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Dave Eiland should ask to get paid by the trip to the mound.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Nick Swisher … wow. Doubled off again on a ball right in front of him. How does that happen two days in a row? He either needs more Red Bull or less, it’s not clear.
Keep building up that arm strength, Xavier Nady.
The RISP thing is getting out of control. 2 for 21 in the series. That would seem hard to do.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Yankees have left four runners on base already. A-Rod now 0 for his last 13 with two balls out of the infield. More yams!
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Nice of the Yankees to help improve Brad Penny’s trade value. 2 for 22 RISP in the series now. This is making up for those unlikely comeback wins they had in May.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Embarrassing moment for Damon there. Too bad he didn’t catch it, Ortiz would have gotten another curtain call for making contact.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: CC is pitching his behind off and the Yankees can’t scrape together two runs off Brad Penny and his 5.85 ERA? Losing this game would not be crippling in the standings. But it certainly would expose the Yankees as not being particularly resilient. Or at least not as resilient as they appeared before.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Not sure if this is good news or not given how effective the Boston bullpen has been, but Penny is running out of pitches here. He’s over 105 now.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Penny was pretty much at his best tonight. 6 6 0 0 1 5. He made the Yankees look foolish. But they have three innings to try and tie it — if CC can keep Boston at one run.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Brilliant performance by CC so far. Now the Yankees face Delcarmen. 117 pitches for Penny. Great effort for him, as well.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Now this upcoming bunt I agree with.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Wow, Cervelli pulls the bunt back and lines a hit-and-run RBI double to left. 1-1 and here come the Yankees.
Cervelli showed bunt when Delcarmen threw over to first before his first pitch. Then it was hit-and-run all the way. Now the Yankees have the top of the order up with a runner on second. Need to capitalize on that.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Some rain starting to fall here. Not good. Not good at all. We’re driving home after the game.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: He was due and he smoked one. Alex was 0 for 14 before he crushed that two-run double to left. Now they need to get in another half an inning as the rain is getting heavier.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Rain coming down, nine outs to get. CC stays on the hill. I’d leave the big man out there as long as it takes to get to Mo. Can’t mess with anybody else.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Carsten Charles in charge. Four hits and one walk over seven innings at Fenway Park with his team desperate for a win.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Hideki Matsui showing some signs of life. Like in the movies, Godzilla is never really dead.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: A lot of blog posters wanted Rocco Baldelli as a fourth outfielder over the winter. That was a terrific play. It’ll be interesting to see if the pride of Rhode Island ever returns to form as a full-time player. Good guy, too.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: CC hit 96 on the 116th pitch he threw. The dude is a beast. Can he get through this inning?
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Mo warming up. Girardi is in “must-win” mode. Trouble here as Boston has two on and no outs.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: That at-bat by Pedroia may have turned the game as he saw 10 pitches and essentially wore CC out. Girardi should have pulled him then.
Tough spot for Aceves here.