Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 2B
LHP CC Sabathia (4-1, 2.74))
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (15-15)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Mike Lowell DH
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Clay Buchholz (3-2, 2.97)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:10 p.m./FOX
UMPIRES: HP Adrian Johnson, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Andy Fletcher
WEATHER: Rainy and a little bit chilly, though the temperature is supposed to rise a little bit during the game and the rain seems to have pretty much stopped. It’s a pretty hit or miss kind of day.
A GOOD CATCH: Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli have combined for a .337 average while playing the catcher position. That’s the best average of any catching-combo in the American League and it’s fractionally behind the Cubs — also a .337 average — for the best in the majors.
THE NUMBERS GAME: Joe Girardi got rid of the number 27 this spring, but it’s been passed on to a pair of call-ups. First Greg Golson had the number, now Kevin Russo is wearing it.
GOOD COMPANY: At 23-years-old, Phil Hughes is the youngest Yankees starter to win his first four decision since 21-year-old Whitey Ford began the 1950 season with a 9-0 record.
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Sorry about my mistake in the previous post. Sam was there for the Cashman interview about Johnson. He called up to the press box to tell me what was said, and I wrote the wrong thing when I typed it into the blog. Johnson has an inflamed tendon, not torn. That’s my bad.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Look at Ramiro Pena hitting like Robinson Cano. Lead-off double to the monster.
UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Isn’t it nice when the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters drive in runs? RBI singles from Teixeira and Rodriguez have given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: I’ve watched Darnell McDonald play a whole lot of baseball in Triple-A. He’s not a star player, but he’s not a bad player either. His home run pulled the Red Sox within 2-1.
UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli was setup inside, but that still looked like a purpose pitch to Pedroia.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: I can’t say for certain that Sabathia meant to hit Pedroia, but I know it just came back to hurt him. Martinez’s two-run home run has put the Red Sox in front 3-2.
UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: Another big hit by Cervelli, who just tied the game with a single to center. He would have given the Yankees a lead, but McDonald made a good throw and Martinez did a great job blocking the plate to keep Randy Winn from scoring. It’s now a 3-3 game.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: First pitch swinging, Mark Teixeira just went deep to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Gazoo! Two-run single by Francisco Cervelli has put the Yankees in front 6-3. Randy Winn was thrown out between second and third, but that’s still a potentially huge swing in the game.
UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: One strike from an official game and we’re officially in a rain delay. The sky just opened up like you wouldn’t believe. Nothing falling one moment. Absolute downpour the next. The Yankees are up 6-3 with two outs in the top of the fifth. Marco Scutaro is at first and Victor Martinez is at the plate with a 2-2 count. When the umps called for a delay, Sabathia stood on the mound and Cervelli stayed in his crouch for an extra second or two in obvious shock. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pouring, but that did seem like an odd time to make the call.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: The rain has died down. It looks like they’ll be able to keep playing. No word yet on whether Sabathia will stay in the game.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Here comes the grounds crew. Looks like we could be close to getting started. Unless they’re just dumping the tarp.
UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Scheduled to re-start at 6:20.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’ll be the guy on the mound for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Little later than promised, we’re playing again. One hour and 14 minutes on the delay.
UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Have to give him credit. That was quite the turn by Pedroia.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is the latest Yankee to go down with an injury. This has gotten absurd.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Teixeira hits his second home run of the season, then Swisher singles in Rodriguez. It’s now 8-3 Yankees. We could see Romulo Sanchez tonight.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Aceves has a stiff lower back. That’s a lingering problem for him. Doesn’t sound good.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: For a while Dave Robertson was having a solid season with numbers exaggerated by a few really bad outings. At this point, though, he’s clearly struggling. Joba Chamberlain is in to face the middle of the order with one out and runners at first and second.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The Red Sox have outfielder Jonathan Van Every getting loose in their bullpen. It’s reached that point.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Kevin Russo in for his major league debut. He’s at second and Ramiro Pena has moved to third.