Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-6, 3.69).
RED SOX (69-52)
Pitching: RHP Junichi Tazawa (1-2, 5.40).
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., FOX.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won three straight, 8 of 10 and 15 of 18. They lead the division by 7.5 games and they have a three-game lead on the Angels for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
STATE OF THE RIVALRY: After losing the first eight games against the Red Sox, the Yankees have won the last five by a combined score of 45-19. The Yankees have hit .339 (69 of 203) in those games.
ROAD BEASTS: The Yankees are 36-27 on the road, having won nine of their last 11 away from Yankee Stadium.
THE JETER METER: Where to start? The Captain is 16 of his last 26 (.615) and 19 of 35 (.543) on the road trip with eight runs scored, eight RBI and four extra-base hits. … Jeter has an eight-game hit streak and has six straight multiple-hit games.
IN THE SWING: Jeter has gone a career-high 105 consecutive plate appearances without a walk.
SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher has reached safely via hit or walk in 29 straight games.
GET IT STARTED: The Yankees are 49-14 when they score first
MELKY’S BACK: Melky Cabrera is 6 of his last 12 with two doubles.
RUN DIFFERENTIAL STANDINGS:
Red Sox 84
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UPDATE, 1:04 p.m.: Yankees watching the Little League World Series in the clubhouse.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Damon is likely out today, but they’re hoping for tomorrow.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Damon said he’ll get treatment today and hopes he could be able to play tomorrow. But with the Yankees having Monday off, they could just give him the whole time and play him on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Via Chad Jennings, we learn the Yankees will send OF Colin Curtis, RHP Ian Kennedy, 3B Brandon Laird and C Austin Romine to the Arizona Fall League. LHP Mike Dunn is also likely headed there unless he gets a September call-up.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Via the Globe’s Extra Bases blog: Tim Wakefield is rejoining the Red Sox rotation and Brady Penny is out. … RHP Michael Bowden was optioned down and RHP Enrique Gonzalez was called up.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: We are underway in Boston in what could be a long day for Junichi Tazawa. … Hey, Jeter just made an out. Wow.
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Yankees let Tazawa off the hook in the first inning. … Meanwhile, Burnett has to throw a better pitch than that on 0-2 to a hitter like Pedroia. Can’t give him something to hit there. The Burnett/Posada chemistry will be something to keep an eye on as the game goes on.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Hinske has no idea what he is doing in left field here, that is obvious. He misplayed that ball into a second run. Yankees in some trouble here as A.J. is melting down early.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Jason Bay shows how to play The Wall as he throws out the ever inattentive Robbie Cano, who was out 20 feet from the bag.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: A.J. Burnett at Fenway Park so far this season:
14 earned runs
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m: Huge failure by A.J. today so far. Embarrassing performance by him. Gonzalez drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall. This from a .208 hitter.
He has a 13.97 ERA at Fenway this season.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: We’re probably close to the part in the show where Burnett throws at somebody or back to the screen because he’s mad.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: That was good. Burnett ignored Pedroia at first and he was halfway to second by the time he threw the ball.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: How to come ready to pitch, A.J. Red Sox 7-0 in a reversal of last night’s game. Incredibly poor performance by Burnett, who can’t throw a strike and when he does, it gets drilled.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: This game was decided in the top of the first when the Yankees put two on with one out against Tazawa and did not score. If Burnett is up 2-0 or even 1-0, the Red Sox probably start thinking “Here we go again. Instead, Tazawa gets out of the jam, Burnett is the Bad A.J. again and now the Yankees will need CC to win them the series tomorrow.
The game is not over. But the Yankees seem to have little interest in good baseball today.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Yankees 0-6 with RISP.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: After having one of the best days in his career yesterday, Matsui has been embarrassed by Tazawa today. The Japanese rookie, who was in something called the Industrial League a year ago, has got Matsui three times.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Burnett had retired nine straight before Ortiz snuck one over the wall. Red Sox 8-0 and we’re just killing time now. Can’t believe I’m missing Springsteen in Mansfield tonight for this mess.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Just a mortifying performance for Burnett at this point. 9-0 Boston.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Yankees have been outscored 85-39 on Fox this season in eight games. They’ll be 2-6 after this loss.
UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: Remember when Aceves used to be good? Something is wrong with either his back or his shoulder. He has been too lousy for too long for there not be something wrong.
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: Can’t blame Swisher. He’s 3 for 4 with a double and a homer as the Yankees dodge the shutout.
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: The day isn’t a total loss. You’re getting to see the major league debut of Jose Molina at third base!
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: The Yankees have left at least one runner on base in every inning.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: No point in further updates. Back later with clubhouse reaction.