Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.31)
Burnett vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (83-52)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jed Lowrie 3B
Josh Reddick RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
LHP Jon Lester (14-6, 3.09)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s been a nice week here in Boston, and the series is wrapping up with a perfectly calm, beautiful night.
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Ed Rapuano, 3B Brian O’Nora
ONE-TWO PUNCH: Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson combined to hit .317 (69-for-218) with 51 runs, 15 doubles, 17 homers and 58 RBI in August. Granderson led the Majors in runs (29), tied for first in home runs (10) and tied with Cano for second in RBI (29) for the month.
HIS OLD SELF: Derek Jeter hit .387 (41-for-106) in August, tying Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera for most hits in the Majors during the month. Jeter had fifth-highest August batting average in the Majors, and it was the first time he collected at least 40 hits in a calendar month since August 2009. It was his 14th career 40-hit month. According to Elias, that’s the most such months by a Yankee since Joe DiMaggio, who had 17 months with at least 40 hits.
LEANING LEFT: The Yankees are 28-13 (.683) vs. left-handed starters this season, and they have won nine of their last 14 games against lefties. They are batting a Major League-leading .283 (379-for-1,338) vs. left-handed pitching this season and have hit a Major League-most 59 home runs off LHP.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: One run in that inning, with the bases left loaded and Montero striking out in his first at-bat make the first wildly disappointing for the Yankees. The best thing about it might be this: Jon Lester threw 44 pitches.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: After getting through the first with no real problem, Burnett is now in for the second inning, still with a 1-0 lead after the Yankees left runners at the corners in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Montero flies to right field to end the third inning. He’s 0-for-2, and if you’re hanging out with anyone who’s currently calling the kid a bust, you should probably find some new friends. Or at least stop talking to them about baseball.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Burnett is through three. Nothing hit particularly hard off him, either.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: That’s a bomb by Pedroia. He went to straightaway center for his 18th homer of the season — a single-season career high — and the Red Sox are now in front 2-1 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Burnett retired the next three in a row, but the Red Sox have climbed back in front. Lester is starting the fifth inning at 92 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: There’s no way Swisher knew how many outs there were, right?
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Another inning-ending out for Montero. This is one of those inevitable baseball moments: Bring a highly touted kid into a game like this for his big league debut, it’s inevitable that he’s going to come up in big spots.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Teixeira gets worked inside a lot, and he gets hit a lot. That one got him right on the side of the knee.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Cano’s sharp grounder to third leaves the bases loaded in the sixth. Lots of missed opportunities tonight for the Yankees. So far this game is anyone but Burnett’s fault.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Looked like Russell Martin really wanted the call on that ball four pitch to David Ortiz. Martin didn’t get it and Burnett is finished, handing the game to Boone Logan with one out and two on in the sixth. It’s still 2-1.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Logan did his part against Crawford, now it’s Cory Wade to face Jed Lowrie.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Tremendous diving catch by Granderson. Even when he went into the dive, I still didn’t think he was going to get there. Saved at least a run, and the Yankees are out of the sixth inning, still trailing 2-1.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: The Yankees finally got the big hit they were missing. Russell Martin’s two-run double has given the Yankees a lead in the seventh, and Eric Chavez’s pinch-hit single has increased that lead to 4-2.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Bruised right knee for Teixeira. He’s day-to-day.