Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman 1B
Austin Kearns RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.33)
RED SOX (87-73)
Eric Patterson 2B
Felipe Lopez 3B
J.D. Drew DH
Lars Anderson 1B
Ryan Kalish CF
Daniel Nava LF
Josh Reddick RF
Yamaico Navarro SS
Kevin Cash C
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
TIME/TV: 9:15 p.m. / MY9
Word is the Yankees and Red Sox are going to try to play this thing at 9:15. Fans are just now coming back into the stadium and players are just starting to jog in the outfield. Joe Girardi normally speaks to the media between games of a double header, but tonight he said he had no time.
Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter did talk to the media, so I’ll have comments from them posted ASAP.
Despite bad numbers, Andy Pettitte was encouraged by his start in the opener. He said the back-to-back strikeouts of Victor Martinez and David Ortiz in the fourth inning showed how good his stuff could be tonight. His back never gave him any trouble, he was happy with his cutter and he still felt strong at the end.
“Obviously I wish my command would have been a little bit better,” Pettitte said. “I wish I would have been a little bit sharper with my stuff, but I wasn’t. It was kind of a grind to get out there today as far as my location and stuff like that. This one is over and I look forward to the postseason. I got up close to 90 pitches and I still felt good. I still felt strong. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to do what I need to do.”
• Phil Hughes said he was scheduled to go back out for the 10th if the game were still tied. “I don’t know how much further past that,” he said.
• Hughes doesn’t know when he’s pitching in the postseason.
• This was Hughes’ 18th win of the season. “A lot of the guys were giving me grief about it,” he said. “But these wins are valuable, especially in this league. I’ll take whatever ones I can get.”
• Derek Jeter on the game-winning single/error: “That was luck. That’s all you can say. Check swing, the ball hit my bat and fortunately it got past Papelbon. Sometimes that’s how it goes.”
• Brett Gardner has now reached base seven times in eight career plate appearances against Jonathan Papelbon.
• Kerry Wood had a career-best streak of 21 scoreless appearances, but it ended on that wild pitch in the eighth. He had not allowed a run since August 6, a streak of 23.1 scoreless innings.
• The Yankees are 25-2 when Robinson Cano homers.
• Joe Girardi did not meet with the media after the game. He usually talks between games in a double header, but with such a quick turnaround, he said he didn’t have time. He was literally running when he told us he couldn’t talk. That’s the long way of saying I have no idea which relievers are available tonight, which position players are available off the bench or who’s starting tomorrow.
• The Yankees tied a franchise record with 18 strikeouts in the game.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Yankees have an early 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. Plenty of folks are saying the game’s not on MY9. I have no idea what that’s about. Everything I’ve seen and been told says the game should be on that channel. Just this morning the Yankees listed Game 1 as a FOX game and Game 2 as a MY9 game.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Burnett didn’t inspire much confidence in the bottom of the first, but he stranded the bases loaded to keep the game from falling apart early. The Yankees responded with two runs in the second and have a 3-1 lead after an inning and a half.
By the way, the Rays won tonight, so the Yankees need a win to stay in control of their own destiny.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: We’ve entered fiasco territory here in Boston. It’s still a 4-3 Yankees lead, but A.J. Burnett is doing nothing to build that confidence he talked about yesterday, and now he’s pulled a Knoblauch and allowed a run to score while arguing with an umpire. It might have been a blown call at first base — I thought he was safe live, but he looked out on the replay — but not paying attention cost a run.
UPDATE, 11:17 p.m.: A.J. Burnett is one inning away from a quality start. Amazing but true. The Yankees have the same number of hits as errors, but still have a 4-3 lead. Also amazing but true.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Tied at 4 in an inning that included yet another Yankees error. One of the worst baseball games I’ve ever seen, and I covered the minor leagues for seven years.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Ivan Nova is getting loose in the bullpen. That seems to indicate Dustin Moseley is tomorrow’s starting pitcher. Not sure though.
UPDATE, 12:36 a.m.: That’s Kevin Cash’s first RBI of the season. The Boston beat writers say there had only been one player in Red Sox history with more plate appearances and no RBI in a season. We’re tied in the eighth. This night is an absolute mess in every which way.
UPDATE, 1:01 a.m.: I just typed the words UPDATE, 1:01 a.m., then I made the words bold. Then I realized I have nothing to say. This day was going to be long at best. It’s been…………………………. longer than that. Amazingly, these innings are among the most important of the season, making all of the difference between the Yankees controlling their own destiny or needing help on the final day of the season.