Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Marcus Thames RF
Juan Miranda DH
Randy Winn LF
LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71)
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (19-20)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.46)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: Later than expected/YES Network and ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Angel Campos, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Larry Vanover, 3B Mark Carlson
WEATHER: Oh the weather outside is weather. Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Anyone? Actually, the weather outside is ugly, but they apparently believe they can play.
A GOOD STARTER: Last night’s hero, Marcus Thames, has reached base safely in 16 of his 17 starts this season. He has 10 RBI this season, seven of them against right-handed pitchers.
A GOOD SIGN: Francisco Cervelli leads the Majors this season with a .786 batting average and a .824 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position. That’s among players with at least 15 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. He’s also batting .593 with runners on base.
MORE GOOD STUFF: The Yankees came into today with the American League’s best batting average (.279) and the most runs scored per game (5.76). They also have the most triples in the American League with 12. That’s a category they haven’t won since 1971.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: The Red Sox wore down Phil Hughes last night. Tonight Brett Gardner has battled Josh Beckett for a 10-pitch at-bat in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: An RBI single by Juan Miranda and an RBI ground out by Randy Winn have made it 2-0 in the second inning. Production from the bottom of the order was huge for the Yankees earlier this season, and it’s put them in front tonight.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Maybe an open press box at Yankee Stadium wasn’t a great idea. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia seems to be following Andy Pettitte’s bend-but-don’t break philosophy through four scoreless innings.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Miranda can hit. It’s a matter of proving himself consistently at this level. His solo homer has the Yankees lead up to 3-0 after four.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Pedroia might not have known it, but Sabathia sure did. That was strike three and the Yankees big man is through five scoreless.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Not sure what exactly was going on with that pitching change, but Beckett’s out and Delcarmen is in. That’s after Robinson Cano’s two-out, two-run double made it 5-0.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Here’s a new twist. The game is now being played under protest from the Yankees because there was no indication Beckett was injured before he was replaced.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Marc Carig has just announced he’s covering this game under protest until they turn on the hot chocolate machine. Call the league office!
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Gardner grounds into a fielder’s choice out at the plate and Teixeira pops out in foul territory. Wasted bases-loaded opportunity there.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: Beckett left the game with tightness in his lower back. CC Sabathia left the game with a four-run lead after seven strong innings. Joba Chamberlain is now pitching for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain has made things interesting here in the eighth. That might have been a bad call at first base to open the inning, but even so, three straight hits have been a problem. And now David Ortiz has tied the game with an RBI single.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Mariano Rivera is coming in with the game tied at 5. There won’t be a save situation, so the Yankees might as well use him now.
UPDATE, 11:54 p.m.: Within 24 hours, Marcus Thames could go from hero to goat. His dropped fly ball has led to two unearned runs and a 7-5 Red Sox lead in the ninth.