Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames LF
Ramiro Pena 2B
RHP Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.77)
Moseley vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (88-73)
Eric Patterson 2B
Jed Lowrie SS
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Bill Hall 3B
Ryan Kalish CF
Jason Varitek C
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B
RHP John Lackey (13-11, 4.47)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s. Slight chance of rain. Not nearly as nice as yesterday. Hopefully not nearly as long either.
ONE AWAY: Robinson Cano has 199 hits this season. He’s one away from becoming the first Yankees second baseman with back-to-back 200-hit seasons. He would be the first second baseman in the majors to pull it off since Carlos Baerga in 1992-93.
ON THE RUN: Brett Gardner has 47 stolen bases this season. He’s tied for the fourth-most in the Majors, and it’s the ninth-highest total ever by a Yankee. Since 1945, the only Yankee who has stolen more in a season is Rickey Henderson who stole 93 in 1988, 87 in 1986 and 80 in 1995.
IT’S THE RUNS THAT MATTER: Seven Yankees have scored at least 70 runs this season (Cano, Gardner, Granderson, Jeter, Rodriguez, Swisher and Teixeira). Only the 1939 Yankees had more 70-run players in franchise history. The Yankees have five players with at least 90 runs, the most in the Majors this season.
THE OTHER GAME: The Rays and Royals begin playing at 2:10 ET.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Two-run home run by J.D. Drew. It’s 2-0 in the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Swisher has matched last year’s home run total with his 29th of the season. He has 39 more hits than last year, but 40 fewer walks. Of course, hits and walks only matter if they lead to runs, and Swisher has more runs and RBI than last year. It’s 2-1 Red Sox in the second.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: The Yankees took advantage of an error, got an RBI single from Rodriguez and the game is tied in the top of the third. The Rays and Royals are scoreless after one inning.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Dustin Moseley is back out for the fifth inning with the game still tied at 2. He’s thrown 73 pitches so this is likely to be his last inning one way or another. He’s allowed two singles to the past 12 batters he’s faced, and he hasn’t walked anyone since the second hitter of the game. This could be a pretty pivotal inning for this game. The Yankees have enough reliable one-inning relievers to handle four innings. If Moseley can give the Yankees five in this situation, that’s about all they can ask.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Moseley looked like he wanted to slam his glove to the ground on that one. Jed Lowrie’s two-run home run came on Moseley’s second big mistake of the game and it’s given the Red Sox a 4-2 lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Bunt single for David Ortiz. He got a curtain call and the Yankees basically lost a chance to test Royce Ring one last time. Here’s Robertson. Meanwhile, the Royals have a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: An inning that started with a bunt single by David Ortiz also includes a steal of home on the back end of a double steal. There are times when games just don’t feel like they’re going to go the Yankees way. This is one of them. It’s 7-2 Red Sox after six.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Lowrie sneaks a second home run to right field and it’s 8-2 Red Sox. The Royals are holding off the Rays so far, but the Yankees aren’t doing their part.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.:There’s Cano’s 200th hit and 109th RBI. It’s 8-3 in the eighth.