Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Jorge Vazquez DH
Jesus Montero C
LHP Manny Banuelos (0-0, 0.00)
Safe to say there’s no MLB track record here
RED SOX (9-8-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Cameron RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP Alfredo Aceves (0-1, 3.68)
Aceves vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., ESPN2
WEATHER: Very nice night. Little bit of wind blowing out to right-center, but nothing crazy.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Mark Lollo
ON THE LINE: Just a few minutes ago, Brian Cashman said — once again — that there’s no chance Manny Banuelos will break camp with the Yankees. This is a chance to watch a young guy on a pretty big stage. Interesting and worth seeing for sure, but it has no impact on his plan. He’s heading to Trenton, no matter what happens tonight.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Dellin Betances, Romulo Sanchez, Mark Prior and Luis Ayala. Banuelos is getting all of the buzz because he’s getting the start, but Betances will be just as interesting to watch.
BULLPEN FOR THE RED SOX: LHP Dennys Reyes, RHP Bobby Jenks, LHP Rich Hill, LHP Hideki Okajima and RHP Jonathan Papelbon
LATE BIRTHDAY GIFT: Banuelos turned 20 yesterday. I have no idea what I did the day after my 20th birthday, but I can promise you it was nothing like this. ESPN certainly was not involved.
BORN A FEW YEARS BEFORE BANUELOS: Today is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hitting coach Butch Wynegar’s 55th birthday. Curtis Granderson turns 30 on Wednesday.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: The night starts with a nine-pitch walk for Banuelos.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Banuelos stranded two runners through a scoreless first inning. He struck out Carl Crawford, but walked Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis. Missed a few spots, but also got some bad swings and made his way through what must have been the toughest group of hitters he’s ever faced.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: After loading the bases with one out, Banuelos got back-to-back ground balls to get out of the inning without a run. A chopper to third led to a force out at the plate, and a sharp grounder to third ended the inning with a routing 5-3.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Back-to-back doubles by Montero and Gardner have given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third. Montero drove his to the right-center gap. Gardner slapped his down the right-field line.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: That’s all for Banuelos: 2.2 scoreless allowing two hits and three walks. He ended the night with a terrific 3-2 offspeed pitch (I thought curveball when I saw it live, but it looked more like a changeup on TV). He was a little erratic, but he also showed some flashes of everything the Yankees like about him, including the willingness to go offspeed in that situation against Youkilis.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Banuelos threw 53 pitches, 28 strikes.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Betances is a little bit all of the place here in the fifth inning. He hit the first batter, walked the next, and allowed a run because of two wild pitches. He got some help from a terrible bit of base running by the Red Sox. Anyway, it’s now 1-1 at the end of the fifth.