Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (17-8, 4.31)
Hughes vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (85-69)
Marco Scutaro 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Ryan Kalish CF
Bill Hall LF
Lars Anderson 1B
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)
Matsuzaka vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Jerry Crawford, 3B Chris Guccione
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s, with a breeze blowing in from center field. It feels pretty chilly at the ball park.
STUMBLE IN SEPTEMBER: The Yankees are so far 10-13 in September. They haven’t had a losing record in the final month of a season since 2000 when they went 13-18 and went on to win the World Series.
ONE MORE FOR JETER: With a hit tonight, Derek Jeter will extend his hitting streak to 15 games. It would be the 12th hitting streak of at least 15 games in his career, the second most among active players behind Ichiro Suzuki who has 14.
MORE WITH LESS: Alex Rodriguez has a home run in three of his past five at-bats. He already has 117 RBI and will play, at most, 137 game this season. According to the Yankees, since RBI became an official statistic in 1920, there have been only 19 times that a player has recorded more than 117 RBI while playing 137 games or less. Two Yankees have done it: Babe Ruth in 1929 and 1932, and Joe DiMaggio in 1939 and 1940.
CUTTING IT CLOSE: Eight of the Yankees past 12 losses have been by three runs or less. So have 21 of their 31 losses since the all-star break.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: RBI single by Victor Martinez has given the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Nick Swisher didn’t help things by diving for a ball in right field, playing a single into a double.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Last night, Alex Rodriguez said the Yankees needed a starting pitcher to step up and give them a big start. Hughes seems to be on his way, but he’s going to need some runs. It’s still 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. The Yankees have Swisher, Teixeira and Rodriguez coming up.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Hughes is through six innings, but the Yankees still can’t get to Matsuzaka. It’s 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Hughes walked the leadoff man in the seventh and Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Hughes is finished after back-to-back walks in the seventh. Robertson is in. Hughes walked off to a big ovation. He gave the Yankees what they needed, but the Yankees homer-happy offense hasn’t done anything tonight.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Some big outs from Robertson who didn’t let the ball out of the infield. He was pretty fired up when he struck out Anderson to strand runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: Rodriguez comes through for the Yankees, a two-run home run to put them in front 2-1 in the seventh. Kerry Wood is getting loose in the bullpen. Rodriguez has four home runs in the past three days. Every run the Yankees have scored since Friday has come on a home run.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: Ryan Kalish stole two bags, the Yankees infield was playing in and Bill Hall got a game-tying single past Rodriguez at third. Tied at 2 in the ninth.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: While I’ve been frantically rewriting and re-rewriting my running game story, Mariano Rivera has given up the lead, and Jonathan Papelbon has blown a save. It’s now 3-3 in the 10th, and I can’t help wondering if Eduardo Nunez didn’t just locked up a spot on the postseason roster with his steal of third base. He might not be as fast as Greg Golson, but he might be a better base runner, and that might make him a better option as a pinch runner off the bench.