Top of the fourth inning in a scoreless game. Beckett and Burnett in a duel so far. Two hits in the game.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: A.J. seems to be definitely pitching around Pedroia and Youkilis and it has worked perfectly.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: First and second, nobody out again. Big spot for RISP-phobic Robbie Cano.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: He stung it, but to no avail as J.D. Drew tracked it down and managed to avoid injury. Now to Swisher, who has been hot.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Beckett located 95 on the outside corner to strike him out. Can’t do anything with that expect walk back to the dugout. Beckett has been tremendous.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: The captain with the bases loaded and two outs in a 0-0 game. This is why I like doing this job.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Uneventful. Swings at the first pitch, grounded it to third and Youkilis made a nice play coming in to end the inning.
Yankees 0 for 5 with RISP today.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Yankees have walked a ridiculous 17 in the series. At some point that is going to haunt them. Walking Nick (.234) Green is not the way to start an inning.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Catcher’s interference on Posada. Goes as an error. Red Sox threaten again, first and second with no out. The bat hit the top of Jorge’s glove.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Now this is interesting. Do you pitch around Youkilis again to load the bases for Ortiz. I think you have to. Youkilis is dangerous, Papi is not at this point.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Nope, going after him.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: A.J. the Spartan warrior goes after Youkilis and strikes him out. What a great game.
Prediction: A-Rod goes deep next inning. He’s due and he loves the drama. The Yankees are about to strike.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Mark Feinsand wrote that when I wasn’t looking. I predicted a groundout.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: David Ortiz 0 for 19.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Crowd is 48,262. Yankees calling it a sellout even though yesterday’s crowd was 49,005.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Great at-bat by Godzila. Sees nine pitches then singles to right field. He is 2 for 3. If you look up professional hitter in the Japanese dictionary, there’s a picture of Ichiro. But Matsui is still pretty good.
Seriously, that’s the sort of at-bat that helps get Beckett out of the game.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Why not run for Matsui here and steal second base? This is why they have Hairston, no? Then Hinske hits if that spot comes up again.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Um, a hit and run with Matsui? Inning over. We go to the 8th at 0-0.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Can’t blame Joe Girardi for pulling Burnett at 118 pitches. He tips his cap to the crowd as he walks off the field.
7.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts. That is vintage Burnett, isn’t it? Now the question is whether that final walk costs him.
Hughes to face Pedroia as this game gets better and better.
Got to think Beckett is done, too.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Tremendous game. Hughes is Huuuuge as he gets Elfin Magic to fly to center.
0-0 to the bottom of the eighth. Swisher, Melky and Jeter to face Hideki Okajima.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Girardi plays it by the book, using his closer in the ninth inning when tied at home. Mo will face Martinez, Youkilis and Ortiz.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Ortiz snapped an 0-for-19 skid with that single.
To the ninth. Damon, Tex and A-Rod against Okajima and then a righty, probably Bard. Yankees have had nine walk-offs this season. Maybe Burnett has one pitch left in his arm tonight … a pie in the face.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Daniel Bard for Tex.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Bard brings it. K’d Tex with 98-mph heat high and away.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Yankees 0 for 6 with RISP. They have had their chances.