Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 2.89)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (18-20)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Mike Cameron RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jason Varitek C
RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.99)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Pretty much a 40-percent chance of rain throughout the night. Temperatures in the upper 50, lower 60s. It’s cloudy with some wind blowing from right to left. Feels like one of those nights when it could start/stop raining at any moment.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Chris Guccione
MAKEUP DATE: The Yankees announced that their rainout on Tuesday, April 12 has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 7:05 p.m., as the second game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
GOOD AS EVER: Mariano Rivera is tied with Florida’s Leo Nunez for the Major League lead with 13 saves. Rivera has the win or the save in 12 of the Yankees 13 wins at home this season.
CRAZY EIGHT: The Yankees N0. 8 hitters this season have led the American League with .292 average from that spot in the order. Of course, that’s largely thanks to Russell Martin, who last night snapped a 1-for-18 skid with a home run last night.
ON THIS DATE: On May 14, 1967 Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run… On May 14, 1996, Dwight Gooden threw the eighth no-hitter in franchise history.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Every now and then, CC Sabathia does something to remind everyone of just how good he is. Striking out the heart of the order to strand runners in the first inning was one of those moments.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Following Sabathia’s lead, Beckett put two on with no outs in the bottom of the first, and went through the heart of the Yankees lineup in order to strand the runners.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Brian Cashman just addressed the media to announce that Jorge Posada asked to be taken out of tonight’s lineup. Sounds like Posada will probably speak to the media after tonight’s game. Cashman wouldn’t go into detail, but it’s clear that Posada asked to be removed from tonight’s game.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Here’s Cashman’s statement about Posada:
“At 6 o’clock he came into Joe’s office and asked him to remove Jorge from the DH slot in the ninth hole. There is no injury and it’s my understanding, I think he plans on talking to you guys after the game, only because (media relations director) Jason Zillo mentioned that to me. Obviously I’ve talked to Jorge. I’m not going to comment on my conversation with Jorge on it. That’s really all I’ve got to tell you.”
Cashman wouldn’t go into any more detail. Asked what this means going forward, Cashman said, “I don’t know yet.” Cashman said he also talked to Posada, but he wouldn’t go into detail about that conversation.
“I’m not going to comment any further,” Cashman said.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Sabathia couldn’t dance out of trouble again. Two-run double by Ellsbury has put the Red Sox in front 2-0 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Youkilis, but my gosh, this lineup is really, really struggling.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Laura Posada just tweeted that Jorge couldn’t play tonight because of back stiffness.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Adrian Gonzalez has now homered in four straight games. The latest is a three-run shot to put the Red Sox in front 6-0 in the seventh. After making a pitching change, Joe Girardi kicked dirt on home plate umpire Mike Winters. It’s getting ugly out here. Predictably, Girardi has been ejected.