Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (84-68)
Marco Scutaro SS
J.D. Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Lowell 1B
Jed Lowrie SS
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Crawford, 1B Chris Guccione, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Brian O’Nora
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. A few clouds but no real chance of rain. Pretty good way to kick off the final home series of the regular season.
NEW ADDITION: Triple-A hitting coach Butch Wynegar has joined the Yankees coaching staff and will be with the team through the end of the season. Really, really good guy. Glad to see him.
ARMS IN THE OUTFIELD: The Yankees are sixth in the American League with 29 outfield assists this season. They had 15 all of last year, the fewest of any major league team. Brett Gardner is tied for second in the major with 11 outfield assists, and Swisher is tied for fifth with 10.
SECOND CHANCE: Lance Berkman is hitting .370 since coming off the disabled list on September 1. He’s hitting .442 against right-handed pitchers this month.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Nick Swisher dropped a fly ball, then watched Jed Lowrie’s three-run home run sail over his head. It’s a 3-0 Red Sox lead in the second on two hard-hit balls off Pettitte.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Curtis Granderson’s been hitting ever since those mechanical tweaks in Texas. His solo homer here in the third has pulled the Yankees within 3-1.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Things are fell apart pretty quickly for Pettitte and his night is finished in the fourth inning. Here’s Jonathan Albaladejo after Pettitte allowed six hits and got his only out when Cano made a nice running catch in foul territory. It’s 7-1 Red Sox, still just one out in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Lowrie’s sharp grounder to Teixeira was ruled a hit, so all three runs that inning are earned for Albaladejo. It’s a 10-1 Red Sox lead.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Here’s Sergio Mitre. And if you’re wondering if/when Andrew Brackman might get in a game, this might be the night.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Teixeira and Rodriguez went back-to-back in the sixth inning, now Swisher has a two-run home run in the seventh. It might be premature to say the Yankees are back in this, but they’ve cut the lead to 10-5. Beckett is finished.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Now it’s a little bit more interesting. Alex Rodriguez’s 610th career homer has pulled the Yankees within 10-7. Tw home runs tonight have pushed Rodriguez ahead of Sammy Sosa for the sixth most homers in baseball history.