Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.86)
Colon vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (17-20)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
RHP Clay Buchholz (3-3, 4.19)
Buchholz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Pretty nice night. Might want a very light jacket, but right now it’s warm enough without one. Cloudy with some wind blowing right to left, but nothing too crazy.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Mark Wegner
SPREADING THE OPPORTUNITIES: The Yankees are the only team in the majors with at least five players who have 20 or more RBI (Cano, Granderson, Martin, Rodriguez and Teixiera).
NEXT ON THE LIST: Derek Jeter needs one hit to pass Sam Crawford for sole possession of 29th place on baseball’s all-time hits list… Alex Rodriguez is 11 RBI from tying Mel Ott for ninth on baseball’s RBI list. If all of those RBI come on solo home runs, he’ll also tie Ken Griffey Jr. for five most homers all-time.
A NUMBERS GAME: On this date in 1929, the Yankees and Indians played the first Major League game between two teams wearing numbered uniforms.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Well, things were moving along pretty quickly and easily for Colon, then Gonzalez hit a no-doubter to right field for a 1-0 Red Sox lead in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Yankees are being no-hit with only Nick Swisher’s walk and Kevin Youkilis’s error putting runners on base.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Girardi was hoping the Red Sox would snap the Yankees out of their funk, but Russell Martin’s passed ball — on a strikeout — has opened the door to a second run in the fourth inning, and it’s now a 2-0 Red Sox lead.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A solo home run and a passed ball shouldn’t be enough to beat the Yankees. They’ve gotta consistently score some runs at some point.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: And there ya go, single by Posada and a two-run homer by Martin. Just like that, it’s tied at 2 in the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Yankees caught a break there with the blown call at second base. Looked like Pedroia’s foot was on the bag when he caught the ball
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: YES had Chamberlain’s fastball at 98 mph on the Youkilis home run. Velocity didn’t do much to help on that one. It was a tied game just two batters ago, now it’s a 5-2 Red Sox lead.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Most of the air went out of this place on the Youkilis home run. The rest of the air went out on that Posada grounder. The speakers are apparently not working in the stadium, and the place is silent.