Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (68-43)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Aviles RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP John Lackey (9-8, 6.23)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: It’s warm out, but clouds are gathering and there’s a chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Eric Cooper
THE STREAK: During their season-high eight-game winning streak, the Yankees have outscored opponents 66-21. They are batting .337 (97-for-288) with 18 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs over the stretch, and their pitching staff is holding opponents to a .253 average (66-for-261). The Yankees have been especially hard on opposing starters, who have a 8.84 ERA over the stretch.
GOOD IN THE SUN: The Yankees are a Major League-best 31-7 in day games this season. Their .276 day-time batting average is fifth-highest in the Majors, with an AL-leading 49 daytime home runs. Yankees pitchers have a 2.77 day ERA, the best in the Majors.
NO. 3,000 ALL OVER AGAIN: Derek Jeter’s sixth-inning single last night was his 3,000th hit as a shortstop. According to Elias, Jeter is the first player with at least 3,000 hits at one position since Willie Mays finished with 3,184 hits as a center fielder.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: That’s a really nice play by Gonzalez to get the second out of the second inning. A nice little charge and a weird backwards flip. Just a nice play.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Ugly swing by Jeter to end the third inning with Cervelli stranded at first. Still scoreless.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Pedroia really is a pest for the Yankees. He just doubled in the second run of the third inning, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. He was called safe at second on a strange play — he came off the bag with his right hand, but reached back with his left hand — and Robinson Cano argued that he was out. I honestly couldn’t tell on the replay, but seeing it live, I thought he was out. Doesn’t really matter because the inning ended a batter later and it’s 2-0 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Eric Chavez’s two-out single turned a potentially disappointing inning into a game-tying inning. It’s now 2-2 after a run-scoring double play and Chavez’s lined single to left. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, and getting out of that inning with just one run would have been a disappointment.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Sabathia’s struggles against Boston continues. Three hits in the fourth have given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead, and they still have runners at first and second with one out.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Make that a two-run inning for the Red Sox, who just scored another run on Marco Scutaro’s two-out single up the middle. It’s 4-2 and Larry Rothschild just went to the mound.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Now the inning’s gotten out of hand. That’s a three-run homer by Ellsbury for a 7-2 Red Sox lead. The ball was on the field where Red Sox fans were reaching over the wall trying to grab it. Swisher picked it up and threw it back into the infield.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Once again, Lackey has limited the damage, holding the Yankees to just one run after letting the first three hitters reach base. It’s 7-3 Red Sox in the middle of the fifth.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Luis Ayala is in to pitch after the Yankees let another leadoff single go nowhere in the top of the seventh.