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Game 58: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (33-24)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34)
Garcia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (33-26)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS

LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94)
Lester vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 / MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s actually warmer here than it was in Los Angeles this weekend. Wind blowing out to right field.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Brian Knight

DELAYING THE INEVITABLE: Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games because of his actions on Saturday (he got into an aggressive screaming match with the home plate umpire), but Papelbon won’t serve his suspension right now. He’s appealed, so he’ll be available tonight.

TROUBLE WITH THE DOUBLE: Weird note from the Yankees: Mark Teixeira has gone a career-long 25 games without double. He hasn’t hit one since May 8 in Texas. He average 37.75 doubles per season through the first eight years of his career and has finished Top 10 in doubles three times.

ONE AWAY: Derek Jeter is still 14 hits away from No. 3,000, but he’s only one run away from tying Willie Keeler for the 22nd most runs in baseball history. He’s scored 1,719. Alex Rodriguez is currently 17th in runs with 1,792, seven away from Ted Williams in 16th place.

MAKING CONTACT: Jeter has not struck out in his past 52 plate appearances, the longest such streak of his career. He last struck out May 24 against Toronto starter Ricky Romero. He is on pace for the fewest single-season strikeouts of his career.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Well that was unexpected. A home run by Jacoby Ellsbury and a triple by Adrian Gonzalez — no, I don’t have those reversed — have gotten the Red Sox out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: That doesn’t look good at all. Teixeira could barely walk off the field. Lester just drilled him in the right knee. Posada is off the bench to replace him.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Third batter in the second inning, Luis Ayala already getting loose.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Wow. An inning and two thirds from Garcia. Here comes Ayala. I’m guessing we might see a little Hector Noesi action tonight.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Welcome home, Derek. That went down as an infield single, putting him 13 away.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Mark Teixeira has a right knee contusion. He’s going to be reevaluated tomorrow but x-rays were negative. Seems like good news. As good as the Yankees could have hoped for, anyway.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Wouldn’t you know it? Posada just snapped an 0-for-27 against lefties this season with a single off Lester. The guy finally got a hit against a lefty in a game he didn’t start specifically because of the lefty.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Really nice catch by J.D. Drew. Even Jorge Posada might have scored from first base on that one. Also, here’s Noesi to start the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: The fact the Yankees are even within three runs at this point is pretty remarkable. If not for the David Ortiz homer in the top of the fifth, Nick Swisher’s two-run double in the bottom half would pulled the Yankees within one. Instead, it’s 6-3.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Pretty easy to read Danks’ lips. Looked like he said he felt something in his back on that pitch. He’s out of the game. Here’s Matt Albers out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Really nice work by Noesi. The kid keeps proving his value. That’s five inning with only the Ortiz home run as a real problem. He’s retired 11 in a row.

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