Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22)
Garcia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (69-43)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Josh Reddick RF
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: It’s a rainy, cloudy day here in Boston.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Mark Carlson
IN THE END: The Yankees are 24-12 in series finales this season, 11-6 in series finales on the road and 11-4 in rubber games of three-game series.
CROSSING THE PLATE: Curtis Granderson leads the Majors with 100 runs this season. That’s 16 more than any other player (Jacoby Ellsbury is second with 84) and already 24 more than Granderson scored all of last season. He’s 22 away from his career high and of 122 and on pace to score 145.
SAVE THE DATE: Mariano Rivera’s next save will be his 30th of the season. He would tie Trevor Hoffman’s record of 14 consecutive seasons with at least 30 saves.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Garcia had himself on the verge of getting out of this jam. He got a strikeout and a popup and needed just one out to stranded the bases loaded, but Scutaro got a ground ball through the right side for a 1-0 Red Sox lead in the second.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Fly out by Ellsbury ends the second. All things considered, the Yankees are fortunate to have gotten through it with just one run.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Jeter for the second out of the third inning. Jump throw to second to get the lead runner, and Cano’s arm is strong enough that he was almost able to turn two.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Granderson walked and got to third, but Swisher’s deep drive to center landed in Ellsbury’s glove and the threat was over.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Garcia did his usual high-wire act in the fourth inning and again go through it, this time with two runners left stranded. It’s still 1-0.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Martin gets a little too aggressive, thrown out stretching a single. He slammed his hand on the bag after the call, clearly upset with himself, not the umpire.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Girardi wanted Nunez in the lineup, and the kid just came through with a game-tying solo shot over the Monster. It’s tied at 1 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Strike three looking, and Chavez knew it. He flipped his bat and walked away having stranded two runners in the sixth. It’s still 1-1, and the Yankees are going to the bullpen. Here comes Boone Logan to face David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and Josh Reddick.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: After an infield single loaded the bases, Cory Wade was able to get out of the sixth with a shallow fly ball to left. It’s still tied at 1, and the Yankees have been walking a tightrope all night. The Red Sox are turning the game over to their bullpen.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: Gardner goes deep, and now the Yankees have Soriano, Robertson and Rivera to try to close this thing. If they win this series, it will be largely because of the bullpen.
UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: One-run game in the ninth. Here comes Mo.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Welcome to Monday morning. Rivera gave up a leadoff double to Scutaro, and the Red Sox turned that into a tying run with a sac bunt and a sac fly. We’re heading for extras.