Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 2.61)
Garcia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (19-20)
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
LHP Jon Lester (4-1, 2.96)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: The tarp came off the field about four hours ago, but it could be hit-or-miss with the rain all night.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Everitt, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Chris Guccione, 3B Mike Winters
THE BEGINNING: Today is the 70th anniversary of the start of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. It began with a single off Eddie Smith at Yankee Stadium.
THE DAY AFTER: Since the start of the 2008 season, the Yankees are 18-6 in games immediately following a shutout.
THE REAL PROBLEM: The Yankees are 5-for-39 (.128) with runners in scoring position in the past four games, all of them losses.
THE NEXT MILESTONE: Alex Rodriguez is four runs from tying Paul Molitor for 17th place on baseball’s all-time list. Rodriguez has scored 1,778 times.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Very, very cool. Tonight’s roll call included, “Jorge! Jorge! Jorge!” He waved from the dugout.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Posada met with Cashman before tonight’s game and the Yankees have announced that there will be no fine or other disciplinary measure taken against him.
Meanwhile… RBI single by Mark Teixeira has given the Yankee a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: The Yankees gave the Red Sox a run in the top of the second — what’s with Martin dropping the third strikes lately? — but they got it right back when Jones clubbed a solo homer to left. It’s 2-1, still with no outs in the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Curtis Granderson is a new kind of hitter. That’s his 13th homer of the year — and yet another off a lefty — to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: A three-run home run by Kevin Youkilis tied the game in the third, now a solo shot — with two outs — by David Ortiz has given the Red Sox a 5-4 lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Very nice diving/sliding catch by Gardner and a line drive grab by Rodriguez have gotten the Yankees through the top of the sixth — both outs credited to Boone Logan — still down 5-4. The lineup showed some early life, but it’s been MIA as usual the past three innings.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Of course that just happened. During this stretch, Rodriguez letting a potential double play ball — at the very least an easy out at third — slip through his legs was almost predictable. Ugly play to extend the Boston lead to 6-4.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: On Friday, Bard went with a fastball up high to strikeout Swisher. Tonight he went with a fastball down low.
UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Jorge Posada pinch hitting to open the eighth. The crowd is going nuts.