Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (35-26)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Mike Cameron RF
Jason Varitek C
RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: Originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m., now 10:30 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Hot early, but the rain helped. Not too bad now.
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Brian Knight, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Bob Davidson
SWISHALISH: Nick Swisher has hit safely in 10 of his past 11 games, batting .297 with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI and nine walks since May 27.
SWEEP BUSTER: According to Elias, since joining the Yankees, CC Sabathia has won each of his four starts in which the Yankees were in danger of being swept. Most recently he did it on May 29 in Seattle.
STRONG FINISH: The Yankees are 15-5 in series finales this season, winning each of their last season. They are 7-3 in series finales at home.
TRYING TO GET BACK: The Yankees have spent 47 of 70 days in first place — or tied for first place — this season.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Must say, there are a lot of people still here. Not sure they’ll all still be here when it’s 1 a.m. and we’re just starting the sixth inning, but more people than I expected stuck through the delay.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli’s throws are all over the place these days.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Jeter hit by the second pitch. Things might get interesting.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Granderson makes it count, following the hit batter with a two-run homer.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Is it just me, or did Ortiz look like he was expecting to be drilled by one of those first two pitches?
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: Wow. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a call quite like that. Bad call by Brian Knight is an opening for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: Absolutely no reason for Beckett to intentionally hit Rodriguez in that situation, and the Yankees know it. But still.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Standing ovation as CC drills Ortiz right in the hip. He did it even with a runner on first. Ortiz took his time going to first, but that’s to be expected. Benches warned.
UPDATE, 12:11 a.m.: Even with warnings, a guy’s not going to be ejected for a hitting someone in the foot with a curveball. It’s just not going to happen. Beckett got Granderson with a curve, but he’s still in there.
UPDATE, 12:53 a.m.: Seven-run seventh inning was started by an Ortiz single and punctuated by an Ortiz double. He did the Rangers claw when he got to first base. It’s 7-2 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: Jeff Marquez making his Yankees debut. The crowd has thinned considerably.