Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Marcus Thames RF
Randy Winn LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (5-0, 1.38)
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (19-19)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 6.35)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network and ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Angel Campos, 2B Jeff Nelson, 3B Larry Vanover
WEATHER: Cloudy, but the rain isn’t supposed to start until after game time. Light wind blowing out to left field. Temperatures in the 60s.
TWO OF A KIND: Phil Hughes enters this game as one of two Yankees starters with a 5-0 record (Andy Pettitte is the other). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the fourth time in 50 years that the Yankees have two starters who are 5-0. It also happened in 2004 (Kevin Brown and Orlando Hernandez), 2003 (Mike Mussina and David Wells) and 1980 (Ron Guidry and Tommy John).
BACK TO SCHOOL: On Sunday, Hillsborough County Florida held a formal dedication of George M. Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla. Steinbrenner attended the ceremony with his wife, Joan and his son’s Hank and Hal. Steinbrenner was recognized for his various charitable efforts in the Tampa area.
AHEAD OF THE GAME: The Yankees are 21-2 when leading after six innings this season. The only such loses were last night and May 1 against Chicago. For whatever it’s worth — and it’s worth nothing — I didn’t cover either of those games. So, clearly I have a lot to do with the Yankees success or failure.
AVERAGE LINEUP: Jorge Posada (.385), Brett Gardner (.370) and Derek Jeter (.365) rank fourth, seventh and 10th in the American League in home batting average (minimum of 40 plate appearances).
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: King Nothing now blaring here at Yankee Stadium while Phil Hughes warms up. I’m not a huge Metallica guy — in fact, I would guess Hughes and I have roughly 10 CDs in common — but I do like that song.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Speaking of music, was that Biggie that played as Jeter’s at-bat music? That seems new. He got a hit, so maybe that’s all the change he needed. By the way, Hughes worked a 1-2-3 top of the first.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Single. Single. Walk. Bases now loaded for Alex Rodriguez, still no outs.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Wonder if the Red Sox also have their Friday starter available out of the bullpen? They might need him. Rodriguez just singled in two runs. It’s 2-0 with runners at the corners and no outs.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: I’m out of adjectives for Francisco Cervelli.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: One inning in the books, the Yankees have a 5-0 lead and the Red Sox have already had a reliever getting loose in the bullpen. The big hits belonged to Rodriguez, Cano and Cervelli, plus sac fly by Thames.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: A wild pitch and a two-out single put the Red Sox on the board. Yankees still lead it, 5-1.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Two-out walk by Gardner. Two-out RBI double by Teixeira. Yankees now lead it 6-1.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Pitch count is the only thing working against Hughes right now. He’s already approaching 70 pitches with one out in the fourth. It’s really been the only negative of his season, he’s had a tendency to build the pitch count rather quickly.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: David Ortiz stood and watched that one for a little while. The solo shot was his seventh of the season and it’s now a 6-2 game.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Boone Logan getting loose.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: These past three hitters seem to have worn down Hughes, with J.D. Drew finally going deep for a three-run home run on a 1-2 pitch. Scutaro singled after a seven-pitch at-bat, Pedroia doubled in a 10-pitch at-bat and Hughes wasn’t able to put Drew away when he had him down 0-2. A nice sliding catch by Mark Teixeira has finally ended the inning. Yankees still leading, but the lead is down to 6-5.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: That was a 28-pitch fifth inning for Hughes. He’s at 104 for the game. I don’t know, but he might be finished at this point.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: So far, Brian Cashman’s best offseason moves have been re-signing Andy Pettitte and getting Marcus Thames on a minor league deal. Thames’ two-out, RBI double has given the Yankees an extra run and a 7-5 lead.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Hey look, it’s Chan Ho Park. It’s also a 7-6 lead because of a solo homer off Boone Logan. The first inning seems a long, long time ago.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Pretty stunning turn of events here in the Bronx. The two-run home run by Kevin Youkilis has made this an 8-7 Red Sox lead. Would have never guessed it after the five-run Yankees first.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Solo home run by Victor Martinez and Chan Ho Park has been booed off the mound in his return from the disabled list. It’s 9-7 Red Sox. Martinez, by the way, positively crushed the ball. Over the Yankees bullpen. Here comes Damaso Marte.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: That’s a 5-3 putout behind the second base bag. The Yankees sent Pena to play behind the bag on the Ortiz shift, leaving Jeter in his usual shortstop position. A big strange, but effective.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Javy Vazquez is getting loose. Wonder if the Yankees will have to add a pitcher after this game. They’ve really beat up their bullpen, and Girardi was cryptic about who was available in the first place.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Vazquez is coming in for the final out of the ninth inning. Chamberlain must not be available tonight. And Robertson wouldn’t be available after pitching the past two nights.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Unreal.
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Now we know what Francisco Cervelli looks like when he’s mad.