Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30)
Colon vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (68-42)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Josh Reddick RF
Marco Scutaro SS
LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s been sunny ever since I landed, highs in the 70s. Not bad at all. Doesn’t look like there’s much chance of rain until Sunday.
UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Jeff Kellogg
SINCE THE LAST TIME: This weekend’s series is the first between these teams since Boston swept three games at Yankee Stadium in early June. Since that sweep the Yankees have gone 35-15 (.700), with the best winning percentage by an AL team over the stretch. They’ve won seven straight games and seven straight series, and they’ve gone 12-1-2 in series play since that sweep by the Red Sox.
DON’T WALK THIS WAY: The Yankees pitching staff did not walk a batter in their four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. According to Elias, the Yankees became the third team in the Modern Era (since 1900) to not issue a walk while sweeping a four-game series. Boston did it twice, once as the Americans in 1905 and once as the Red Sox in 1968.
ROBBIE AT HOME IN FENWAY: Robinson Cano is a career .366 hitter at Fenway Park. According to Elias, that’s the fourth-highest all-time batting average at Fenway Park among visiting players with at least 200 at-bats. Elias also says that he has the highest career average among Yankees all-time at Fenway, and he’s hit safely in his last eight games in this park. In 55 career games here, he has never gone hitless in consecutive games.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: The Yankees squandered an opportunity in the top of the second. The Red Sox grounded into a double play in the bottom half. Still scoreless heading into the third.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Hard takeout slide by Nunez lets Jeter reach, but he’s immediately thrown out trying to steal.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Good at-bat by Ellsbury, who just doubled off the monster for a two-out RBI double in the third. It’s 1-0 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: GameDay has it as an 88-mph fastball. I thought it looked like a slider. Whatever it was, Ortiz hit it out for a solo home run and a 2-0 Red Sox lead after four innings.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: It seems the entire press box knew Andruw Jones was about to be doubled off about four seconds before he realized it. That’s pretty terrible base running from a guy who seems to have a good reputation on the bases. Still 2-0 Red Sox heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: There’s the Yankees first walk in the month of August. It puts two on with two out for Pedroia here in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Here’s Boone Logan to face Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. If Boone gives it up, the Internet might explode.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Three-pitch strikeout by Logan. That second slider had Gonzalez completely off balance, clearly expecting a fastball.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: The Yankees have tied it in the sixth, but the tying run scored on a double play ball after a nice at-bat by Cano. They still have a chance to take the lead with Swisher at the plate and a runner at third.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Swisher sneaks a double past third base and the Yankees are in front, 3-2.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: The Red Sox guessed right with the pitchout and nailed Nunez stealing to end the top of the seventh. It’s still 3-2, and it looks like the Yankees are going to try to roll out Soriano-Robertson-Rivera to close it out.
Also, Gardner is now playing left.