Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.86)
Burnett vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (34-26)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Marco Scutaro SS
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
RHP Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.40)
Wakefield vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Hot. Not as hot as it might be in mid-July, but for right now, this feels really, really hot.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Jerry Layne
FAMILIAR FOES: Derek Jeter has 31 hits in 115 plate appearances against Tim Wakefield. He has more hits off Wakefield than against any other pitcher in his career, and Jeter and Wakefield have faced one another more than any other active batter/pitcher combination in the big leagues.
NEW GUY ARRIVED: Jeff Marquez walked into the Yankees clubhouse just a few minutes before 6 p.m., when the room was closed to media. He took a corner locker and I saw him exchanging familiar hellos with two players: Brett Gardner, who he played with in the minors, and Andruw Jones, who he played with in Chicago.
CHAVEZ TO THE 60-DAY: To make room for Marquez on the 40-man roster, Eric Chavez was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Girardi announced last night that Chavez is not ready to begin running, so he’s still a little ways from baseball activities.
FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE: The Yankees announced today that Paul McCartney will perform at Yankee Stadium on July 15. Tickets go on sale on June 13. More information at www.yankees.com/mccartney.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Once upon a time, Francisco Cervelli was a good defensive catcher.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: That strikeout snaps a 58 plate appearances streak without a strikeout for Jeter. That was a career high.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: This is not at all the start the Yankees needed, and Cervelli hasn’t helped. Burnett’s already approaching 90 pitches in the fourth and Pendleton is up in the bullpen. Amazing that it was only two days ago the Yankees were rolling.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Cervelli’s second hit of the night scores Nunez and pulls the Yankees within 7-2. Two three-run innings by the Red Sox are everything in this game.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Jeter’s career hit No. 2,989 is an RBI double that scores that Cervelli and makes it 7-3 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Of course Cervelli would take a foul ball to the cup tonight. Been a rough 24 hours or so for the Yankees. Last thing they needed was their only healthy catcher to be hurt. Looks like he’s alright.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Oh wow. Boone Logan and I talked yesterday afternoon about how badly he wanted to pitch in this series. He said he was feeling better, thought he needed to throw more fastballs, and felt he could prove himself all over again. So far, he’s faced three batters tonight, allowing a single and two walks, the second of which came with the bases loaded.