Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (87-72)
Darnell McDonald CF
Jed Lowrie SS
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Mike Lowell 1B
Bill Hall RF
Daniel Nava LF
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Felipe Lopez 2B
RHP Tim Wakefield (4-10, 5.20)
Wakefield vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 10 p.m. / FOX
Tonight’s game is on MY9
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Brian Runge, 3B Jerry Layne
WEATHER: Beautiful. Sunny. Blue Skies. It’s everything last night was not.
MOST SINCE THE SKIPPER: Francisco Cervelli has 70 hits, the most in a season for a Yankees catcher other than Jorge Posada since Joe Girardi had 70 in 1998.
TWO PER GAME: Derek Jeter needs six more hits to tie Al Simmons for the 35th most hits all time. Simmons has 2,928. If Jeter can get eight more hits, he’ll tie Jake Beckley and Rogers Hornsby for 33rd place.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: This is the third time in history that the Yankees have opened and closed a season by playing in Boston. They did the same thing in 1938 and 1950, two seasons in which the Yankees advanced to the World Series and swept.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE: The previous nine games between the Yankees and Red Sox were played in New York. According to Elias, it’s the first time either New York or Boston played nine consecutive home games in the season series since 1944, when they played 22 times including nine straight in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Nick Swisher might not have played it right, but Lowell hit that ball hard. That’s a legit double and a 2-0 Red Sox lead in the first.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Pettitte stranded some runners in the second, and now Granderson has cut the lead to 2-1 with an RBI triple in the third. For whatever reason the triple made me think of Granderson’s huge home run here in Boston at the start of the season.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m. And now we’re tied on Rodriguez’s RBI grounder.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: And now the Yankees are in front. Cano got a home run just inside the right-field foul pole, his 29th of the season for a 3-2 Yankees lead in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: That might have been Pettitte’s last pitch of the game, and it was a big one, a strikeout of David Ortiz to leave runners at the corners in the fourth inning. Pettitte is already above 80 pitches, a level he didn’t reach in his previous two starts, and Dave Robertson has already been getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Either a hit and run or a straight steal, either way Granderson scored from first on a double by Teixiera for a 4-3 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: No longer anyone getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. Looks like Pettitte is going out for at least a few more pitches.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: RBI double by Cano. The guy had been struggling a little bit lately, but he got two days off and now he has two huge RBI. It’s a 5-3 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Here’s Robertson after a leadoff double by Lowell in the bottom of the fifth. Nice moment as Lowell got a curtain call after being pulled for a pinch runner.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Navarro and McDonald weren’t happy with their strike three calls, but both looked like good pitches to me. A good fastball, then a good curveball and Robertson was able to strand the bases loaded. He put himself in the trouble, but he made the pitches when he had to. Still 5-3 Yankees.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: During Ortiz’s first at-bat, I was telling Sam how much I liked the fact the Yankees moved Pena — not Jeter — to play up the middle on the shift. Might as well go with the guy who has actually played second base in his career. Good turn by Pena on that double play, getting the Yankees out of the sixth and keeping the lead intact.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain gave the Red Sox a chance — and a run — but he finally got three straight outs to keep the Yankees in front, 5-4.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Bad pitch by Kerry Wood on the wild pitch that scored the tying run, but a great job to stick with the play, make the catch on the bad throw from third and get the out on what would have been the go-ahead run. Tied at 5 heading into the ninth.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: I don’t believe it! They’re playing Phil Hughes’ music! Old-school WWF? Anyone? Point is, Phil Hughes is now pitching in the ninth. I’m guessing he won’t be starting tomorrow. Girardi is clearly going to try to win this game, and hope for Good A.J. to show up tonight.