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 (17-7, 2.99)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
RED SOX (82-51)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Darnell McDonald RF
RHP John Lackey (12-9, 5.98)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s actually perfect here in Boston. Seems like the Yankees always run into some sort of weather here, but it’s supposed to be nice all week.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Rapuano, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Mark Wegner
TEX MARKS THE SPOT: Mark Teixeira’s eight straight seasons of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI is the longest such streak ever for a switch hitter. Only two other Yankees first baseman have recorded at least three seasons of 30 and 100, Don Mattingly (three times) and Lou Gehrig (10 times).
SECOND HOME: Robinson Cano is a career .352 (86-for-244) hitter at Fenway Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the highest career batting average among Yankees all-time at Fenway Park (minimium 200 at-bats).
IN THE BEGINNING: The Yankees are 21-22 in series openers this season. They have rebounded to go 29-14 in the second game of series.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: The Yankees thought Granderson was hit by a pitch, and they didn’t get the call. Now Sabathia hits Ellsbury to open the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: The Yankees have the lead after an RBI single up the middle by Chavez in the second inning. The Yankees still have runners at the corners with one out.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Sabathia just stranded the bases loaded in the second inning, but he’s already thrown 50 pitches and the Yankees have a short bullpen. Something to keep an eye on.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Dontcha know? RBI double by Cano scores Granderson from first and pushes the Yankees lead to 2-0 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Chavez’s second RBI single of the night boosted the lead to 3-0, but the Red Sox have answered with Carl Crawford’s solo homer in the fourth. Sabathia’s still not looking his best, but I’m not ready to rule out six or seven innings from him.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Now six or seven innings is looking like a long shot. Sabathia’s allowed back-to-back singles to the bottom of the order, and a two-out, RBI double to Marco Scutaro.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sabathia made Gonzalez look bad on an inning-ending strikeout. That’s the third time CC has struck out Gonzalez — Pedroia, Ellsbury and Ortiz also have at least one strikeout apiece — but the bottom three hitters in the Red Sox order are 3-for-4 with two walks and a home run.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli just cleared the monster. Seriously. It just happened. It’s a 4-2 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Terrific diving catch by Cano might be the turning point of this game. Sabathia got out of the fifth inning with a strikeout, and it looks like the bullpen might take it from here. Cory Wade has been getting loose.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Sabathia is back out to start the sixth, but he’s already started the inning by running the count full against No. 9 hitter Darnell McDonald.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Of all people, Larry Rothschild was ejected at the end of the benches clearing incident. Larry’s one of the most soft-spoken people I’ve met, but he was irate.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Here’s Cory Wade to pitch the seventh. Dave Robertson has pitched the past two nights.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Big out and a big reaction from Boone Logan, striking out Darnell McDonald to strand the bases loaded, then walking off with a massive fist pump. Francisco Cervelli, meanwhile, was so pumped his head actually exploded.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Brett Gardner really knows how to go get it in left field. Big catch for the first out of the eighth.