Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
RHP A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99)
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (15-16)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Darnell McDonald CF
LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m./ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Tim McClelland, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Adrian Johnson
WEATHER: Bundle up everyone. It’s going to be a little chilly here in Boston. Only a 10 percent chance of rain — a delay would be brutal for a group of sports writers trying to catch an early flight to Detroit — so hopefully we won’t have a repeat of yesterday’s game.
SWISH AT THE DISH: Nick Swisher has driven in at least one run in six of the Yankees seven games this month. His four home runs in May are the most in the majors and he’s raised his season average from .250 to .298.
JUST WINS BABY: This comes straight from the Yankees media notes, including the title, which is absolutely perfect. Alfredo Aceves improved to 3-0 last night and he’s now 14-1 in his career. It’s the best start for any major leaguer through 15 career decisions since Bob Wickman went 14-1 with the Yankees from 1992 through June of 1993. According to Elias, no other major leaguers have started their careers 14-1 since 1961.
REAL MEN SWING PINK: As you can see in the picture above, Robinson Cano will be one of several Yankees and Red Sox using pink bats today to promote breast cancer awareness. In the clubhouse before the game A.J. Burnett was also wearing pink sweatbands on his arms and a lot of Yankees — Brett Gardner, Kevin Russo, Francisco Cervelli, David Robertson, etc. — were wearing pink necklaces.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: That’s an error on Thames and a 1-0 lead for the Red Sox.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Well that wasn’t good. Nine Red Sox batters came to the plate. Five of them scored. It’s now 6-0 Red Sox and Burnett doesn’t look great.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s huge month of May continues with a massive home run to left.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: And now Alex Rodriguez has gone deep — Stick It! — to snap a 61-at-bat homer-less streak. It’s now 6-2 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: There goes Girardi. He was just tossed for arguing on Thames’ behalf. Thames started to have a conversation with home plate umpire Tim McClelland, then Girardi came out after the conversation got animated. Girardi argued for a while and was walking away when he was tossed. It was Girardi’s 12th career ejection and his first this year.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Two-out RBI double makes it 7-2 Red Sox. Still no action in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Associated Press photographic evidence of the Girardi ejection.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Romulo Sanchez getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. This will be his Yankees debut, but not his major league debut. He pitched out of the Pirates bullpen a few years ago.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Two-run home run by Hermida and here comes Romulo. Big time fastball. Changeup is his second best pitch.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Kevin Russo is in to play third, Ramiro Pena is in to play short. Sanchez has been good so far.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: At least Robinson Cano is still hitting. His second hit of the game has scored Ramiro Pena and made it a 9-3 game.