Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF
RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 in 2009)
Career vs. Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Cameron CF
Marco Scutaro SS
LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.41 in 2009)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Overcast, but the rain has held off so far and there’s only a 20 percent chance of rain during the game. Temperatures are in the 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Rob Drake, 3B Joe West
SOMETHING SORT OF GRANDISH: Curtis Granderson was the first player to hit a home run on opening day in his first play appearance as a Yankee since Jim Wynn in 1977 against Milwaukee… He joined Andy Phillips, Graig Nettles and John Miller as the only players to homer at Fenway Park in their first at-bats with the Yankees.
SOMETHING TO WATCH: The YES broadcast of Opening Day was the second-highest-rated and second-most-watched regular season living sporting even ever on a New York regional sports network. The broadcast did a 10.01 average household rating with 1,085,000 average total viewers. Opening Day in 2005 drew an 11.64 average household rating.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, when Mariano Rivera makes his first appearance of the season, he, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will become the first trio of teammates in MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL history to play together in 16 straight seasons. Jim Gantner, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor played together for 15 seasons with the Brewers. Two different trios of Yankees played together for 13 straight seasons, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing from 1930 to 1942, and Whitey Ford, Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle from 1955 to 1967.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: A ball drops in front of the Yankees outfield, then a base runners gets an extra base on a throwing error. That’s led to a run here in the first inning. A sac fly has given the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Obviously you don’t want to see him lose his patience or his power, but if Nick Swisher can become more than a home run-walk-strikeout guy, he could really become an elite hitter. His RBI double just tied the game at 1.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Sam here. Everyone deserves a fair shake and Granderson will have plenty of time to show he’s improved against lefties, but that was an ugly (half) swing on strike three right there.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: We’re back after some technical difficulties logging into the blog. If he could take back that home run to Victor Martinez, A.J. Burnett would have a pretty good game going. Instead, he’s down by two. Lester getting out of that second inning jam was massive.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: All sorts of login problems tonight, but the Yankees have finally broken through against Lester. He was walking a fine line and the Yankees finally got to him with three runs in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Gardner pinch hitting with a runner at second and no outs in a tied game… I was expecting bunt, but a grounder to the right side does the same thing. Of course, when Granderson then lines out hard to first, the impact is minimized.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Nice work by Alfredo Aceves tonight. So far he’s kept it tied, and he’s given this lead-off double by Posada a chance to make a real difference.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Just a standard non-runner-advancing single to left.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Ground-rule double, non-runner-advancing single, throwing error and a bases loaded walk. What a weird inning to give the Yankees the lead, but I’m sure they’ll take it.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Dave Robertson in to pitch the eighth. Interesting.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: When Robertson came into the game, there was no one else getting loose in the bullpen. After a lead-off single, though, Marte is coming in to face David Ortiz. Chamberlain is getting loose.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Oh jeez. After yesterday’s wildness, a failed pickoff attempt is not at all what you want to see from Marte.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: There’s the uptick in velocity everyone’s been looking for. Chamberlain wasn’t sitting at 98, but the NESN feed in the press box had him hitting 96 mph, and he struck out Beltre and Drew to strand the tying run. That’s pretty big-time work from Joba.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Randy Winn heading out to right field.