Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.38)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (1-7)
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Cameron CF
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: It was a terrific day here in Boston, but there’s a chance of rain tonight, and that chance seems to get greater and greater as we get later and later. For now the sky is clear and the wind is blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Chris Guccione
CLEANING UP: One more note about how good Robinson Cano has been at Fenway: He’s hit safely in his past seven games in this ball park, good for a .500 batting average with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. He also has a hit in 14 of his past 15 games in Boston.
GOING DEEP: The Yankees lead the majors with 18 home runs this season. They have gone deep in seven of eight games, including at least two home runs in six games.
TWO AWAY: Derek Jeter needs two hits to tie Barry Bonds for 32nd place on baseball’s all-time hits list.
THE BIG MAN AND THE LITTLE MAN: Dustin Pedroia has been a force this series, but he’s 1-for-22 in his career against CC Sabathia. He has two walks and eight strikeouts against the Yankees ace.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: CC Sabathia wiggled out of trouble in the first inning, and now he’s back out for the second with the game still scoreless. The Yankees haven’t had a runner on base again Josh Beckett, but Robinson Cano did fly out to deep right field and Curtis Granderson did hit a deep near-homer that went just foul to left.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Girardi said before the game that there have seemed to be multiple Pedroia’s on the field — he’s been that good — and now Pedroia has turned a terrific double play to get the Red Sox out of third-inning trouble.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Official ruling on the Ortiz double play: Youkilis is called for running out of the base path. That’s a dead ball — which is why the runner didn’t advance — and an automatic double play. Didn’t matter much when Mike Cameron drove in the run on an infield single, but still, something I’d never seen (and neither had a lot of other people who’ve seen a lot more games than me). Weird play.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Yankees haven’t done much against Beckett. He’s through five scoreless and its still a 1-0 Red Sox lead. The Yankees have two hits off him and Beckett got out of scoring-position trouble in the third and fourth.
UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain are getting loose in the bullpen. Of course, the pitching hasn’t been the Yankees biggest problem tonight.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: Big out from Chamberlain in the sixth inning, then he gives up two huge runs in the seventh. Good work by Boone Logan to keep the score at 3-0, but the way the Yankees are hitting tonight, three runs seems like a huge mountain to climb.