Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16 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
RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.83 in 2009)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but this has been another beautiful day in Boston. It’s hard to believe, but Tampa will have a hard time beating the weather we’ve had here the past few days.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Joe West, 3B Angel Hernandez
COMING UP SEVENS: The Yankees won last night after being tied at the end of the seventh inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees have won 16 straight games in which they were tied after seven innings. That ties the 1906 Giants for the longest streak of winning such games.
ACE IN THE HOLE: Alfredo Aceves improved to 11-1 with last night’s win. That’s the best start by a Yankee — at the start of his career or with prior decisions with other teams — since Bob Wickman from 1992 to 1993. Wickman went 14-1 when he started his career with the Yankees. The last pitcher to start his career 11-1 (with any team) was Matt Capps. Jesse Crain was the last to start his career 12-1.
CANO CAN: Robinson Cano has a hit in each of his past 13 games against the Red Sox. It’s the Yankees longest individual streak against Boston since Derek Jeter had a hit in 18 straight from 2007 to 2008.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Not sure anyone is going to be happy about Andy Pettitte being knocked to the ground on his first play of the season, but it’s hard to fault Ellsbury for that play.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Nice little play by Teixeira. Nothing too fancy, but an in between ball like that could get tricky.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: The AP just moved a picture of the first-inning play at first base.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: As you probably imagine, the crowd here at Fenway was not psyched when Youkilis was hit by a Pettitte fastball. The TV broadcast here in the Boston, the one showing in the press box, immediately cut to Joba Chamberlain. Of course.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Both benches have been warned, but no one seems too upset about it. Jeter’s having some fun with it, giving Youkilis a shove at first base.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Tomorrow’s headline: Mark Teixeira avoids being impaled; completes double play.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: John Lackey is out after six scoreless innings. Welcome to the rivalry, John. Pettitte has been terrific, but he’s at 94 pitches and there’s action in the Yankees bullpen. That AP shot is Pettitte’s reaction after the Ortiz strikeout in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Swisher didn’t draw a walk and he didn’t hit a home run, but he got the hit the Yankees needed. Of course, it helped that Drew’s throw was up the line and Martinez couldn’t hold onto it.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Chan Ho Park in for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Nice work by Park in these two innings. Here comes Papelbon.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Park survived a tightrope of hard-hit balls that inning, but he got out of it with the game still tied. Three scoreless from Park. That’s big.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: That was pretty Grandish.