Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Randy Winn LF
RHP Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44)
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (15-14)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Joe West (kidding) HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Mike Everitt
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the 60s throughout the game and there’s almost no chance of rain. It’s a pretty nice night here at Fenway.
ALONE IN SECOND: When Derek Jeter leads off tonight’s game, it will be his 2,164th game with the Yankees, moving him past Lou Gerhig for second place on the Yankees all-time games played list.
TIED FOR SEVENTH: Alex Rodriguez’s next home run will move him into a tie with Frank Robinson for seventh place on baseball’s all-time home runs list. He currently sits at 585.
NEW SORT OF STREAK: The Yankees had three saves in their past three games, two by Joba Chamberlain and one by Alfredo Aceves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time since 2002 that the Yankees have had three straight saves none of which were recorded by Mariano Rivera (the last time, Steve Karsay got two saves and Mike Stanton got one).
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Maybe all Francisco Cervelli needed in the minor leagues was one of those big Gazoo helmets. The guy can’t stop hitting in the major leagues.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: That’s Nick Swisher’s sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot for a 3-0 Yankees lead. I realize six homers isn’t out of this world a month into the season, but I honestly didn’t realize Swisher had that many. I think I would have guessed four.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: If Hughes can keep this a one-run inning, he’ll still be in good shape. It’s 3-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Marcus Thames pinch hitting for Nick Johnson against a right-handed pitcher in the fifth inning? There’s no way this is good news.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Still no word on Johnson, but Hughes continues to get big outs when he really needs them. Nice job stranding two that inning. Still a two-run Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Fastball to the inside of the knee. Robinson Cano stays in the game but you could hear him yell all the way up in the press box. And we’re way up here in Boston.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Somebody get Kevin Russo or Eduardo Nunez on the phone. Cano just took himself out of the game and Pena is in as a pinch runner. With Golson having been sent down, the Yankees are down to a one-man bench of Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Nick Johnson is out with soreness in his right wrist.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: It almost cost Cervelli his oversized helmet, but he got an RBI on that bases-loaded walk, then Randy Winn followed with a clean single to left, bringing in one more run. It’s now 5-1 Yankees with one out in the sixth. Bases still loaded.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Obviously Beckett isn’t trying to hit anyone in that situation, but CC Sabathia was irate on the Yankees bench. He was standing on the top step, screaming. Joe Girardi had to go calm him down. Add an infield single and Winn avoiding a tag at third and it’s now 7-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: An absolute and total meltdown from Josh Beckett is complete. He’s coming off the field after five straight batters reached base with the bases loaded. One walk, one hit batter and three singles. It’s 8-1 Yankees, bases still loaded with one out in the sixth. Okajima in to pitch.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Four hours ago, Ramiro Pena was a pinch runner in this inning. Now he’s struck out to end it. That’s a six-run inning for the Yankees, giving them a 9-1 lead and leaving Beckett looking completely lost on the mound.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: In case you’re wondering where exactly Cano was hit by the pitch, here’s the Associated Press evidence.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: It would appear that Beckett also knocked his own player out of the game. Varitek was hit by a pitch last inning, now he’s out of the game and Victor Martinez is catching.