Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-4, 6.46)
Hughes vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (82-52)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
Carl Crawford LF
Josh Reddick RF
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP Josh Beckett (11-5, 2.43)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Beautiful day and night here in Boston.
UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Ed Rapuano
ARMED AND DANGEROUS: Nick Swisher recorded his ninth outfield assist last night. He’s one away from his career-high of 10 set last season. He’s tied for the fifth-most outfield assists among AL right fielders.
THREE OF A KIND: The Yankees have three different players with at least 95 RBI (Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano). In all of baseball, there are only four other players (Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard and Matt Kemp) who have at least that many runs batted in.
COMING IN SECOND: The Yankees are 29-14 in the second game of series this season.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Jeter will say he was bunting for a hit, and to some extent that makes sense — a sacrifice as worst-case scenario — but still, Jeter’s been hot and Gardner has a ton of speed. Not sure I’m on board with the first-inning bunt in that situation. Didn’t work out as Granderson and Teixeira struck out.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Hughes looked pretty sharp in the bottom of the first. A lot of 94 and a few 95 on the gun. He stranded a runner, and it’s still scoreless.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez has the leadoff double, and Derek Jeter has the two-out RBI single. That’s enough for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the third.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Boston got a couple of runs in the third, with Jed Lowrie’s RBI single sneaking just inside the line to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Beckett has really owned the Yankees this season, and now he’s through five innings with the Red Sox still leading 2-1. Derek Jeter’s two-out single was left stranded in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Two-out, two-run homer by David Ortiz in the fifth has the Red Sox in front 4-1. Seems like Hughes has pitched pretty well thought most of this game, but he’s made some mistakes that really, really cost him.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: RBI double by Cano has pulled the Yankees within 4-2. Still no outs in the sixth, and getting Cano around to score would cut the lead to one.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Chavez doubles, Reddick makes an error, and just like that it’s a 4-4 game with the go-ahead run at third base with no outs.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Sac fly, and the Yankees are in front 5-4. This game just turned around in a hurry.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Hughes is finished. He seemed to fool Varitek with a curveball, but the Red Sox catcher got just enough of it to send a double along the third-base line. The game’s tied at 5, and now Boone Logan is coming in to deal with Jacoby Ellsbury.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Logan did his job after Ellsbury — he retired Gonzalez and Ortiz — but Ellsbury’s two-run homer stands as the difference heading into the eighth. Two more chances for the Yankees against a tough back to the Red Sox bullpen.