Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Freddy Garcia (11-8, 3.77)
Garcia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (88-68)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Mike Aviles 3B
Marco Scutaro SS
Josh Reddick RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.15)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05., FOX
WEATHER: Cloudy by nice. Temperatures in the 70s. Very, very light breeze.
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Brian Runge, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Tim McClelland
SUMMER OF ’61: The Yankees are holding a pregame ceremony to honor the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ then-record 61 home runs in 1961. The ceremony includes members of the Maris family — including Roger’s wife Pat — the Mantle family, former teammates, Sal Durante (who caught Maris’ 61st HR) and Frank Prudenti (Yankees bat boy in ‘61).
DOWN THE STRETCH: The Yankees are in the midst of playing 33 games over the final 32 days of the season. They have gone 17-10 thus far.
SINCE THE BREAK: The Yankees are 42-26 since the all-star break. Only the Brewers — 43-22 — have won more games in the second half.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Scoreless after one as Garcia stranded Ellsbury at second base.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: The kid comes through. Montero’s bases-loaded single has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second, still just one out.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Two-run single by Martin. Three-run homer by Jeter. It’s a 6-0 Yankees lead and this place is roaring. That’s Jeter’s sixth homer of the year.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Montero again. This time his two-run double has pushed the Yankees lead to 8-0 and chased Lester from the game. Meanwhile, Garcia has allowed one hit through three innings, making a strong case that he’s not finished just yet.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Garcia is through five scoreless, and he’s looking more like the guy the Yankees had in the first half. ALDS rotation of Sabathia, Nova and Garcia, with Sabathia on short rest in Game 4? Might make sense?
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Six scoreless for Garcia, and he walks off the field with a small fist pump. He’s at 102 pitches, so that’s probably it for him. He gave the Yankees exactly what they needed (and what they wanted to see).
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Montero goes deep, his fourth homer of the season. He’s clearly the DH against lefties, but is he going to DH every game, regardless of lefty-righty?
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: New defense for the Yankees: P Kontos, C Romine, 1B Swisher, 2B Pena, SS Nunez, 3B Laird, LF Golson, CF Gardner, RF Dickerson.