Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.19)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (63-47)
Marco Scutaro SS
Jed Lowrie 2B
David Ortiz DH
Victor Martinez C
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP John Lackey (10-6, 4.48)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m. / FOX
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Bruce Dreckman
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 80s with a very light breeze blowing out.
EIGHT-INNING GAME: The Yankees are 58-0 when leading at the end of the eighth inning. That’s the best such record in the big leagues. The only other teams who are undefeated when leading at the end of the eighth are Kansas City (36-0) and Oakland (46-0).
HITTING FOR POWER: Mark Teixeira has homered in four of his past six games. Since June 26, 25 of his 42 hits have gone for extra bases (13 doubles and 12 home runs). For the year, 50 of his 107 hits have been extra-base hits.
HOME SWEET HOME: CC Sabathia is undefeated in his past 17 starts at Yankee Stadium dating back to the 2009 all-star break. In those starts he’s 12-0 with a 2.25 ERA. The Yankees have lost two of those 17 starts, but Sabathia didn’t get the decision either time.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: X-rays negative on Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Down in the count 3-1, Sabathia served up a solo home run to Victor Martinez to start the second inning. It’s a 1-0 Red Sox lead. Sabathia had not allowed a home run since June 3, a stretch of 80.2 innings.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: After the home run and back-to-back doubles, Sabathia got the bottom of the lineup in order to strand a runner and leave the second inning with the Red Sox in front 2-0.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Look at that. Curtis Granderson hitting the ball hard to center field. His triple off the wall has scored Lance Berkman from first and pulled the Yankees within 2-1, still with no outs in the second inning.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: RBI ground out by Ramiro Pena. Tied at 2.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Would have been an easier play if he were right-handed, but Brett Gardner made it work for a nice running catch in the left-center gap. That’s the third out of the fourth inning, still a tied game.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Three straight two-out singles have given the Yankees a 3-2 lead, with Robinson Cano driving in Nick Swisher for the go-ahead run. Runners are still at the corners for Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Make that four straight singles. Posada gets one through the right side, still runners at the corners for Lance Berkman. Now a 4-2 lead.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: If being booed at home is part of the Yankees experience, then it took Berkman exactly a week to become a full-fledged Yankee.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Ramiro Pena’s second RBI of the game has pushed the Yankees lead to 5-2.
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: Sabathia is through eight innings for the first time since July 1.