Eduardo Nunez SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Chris Dickerson LF
Austin Romine C
RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62)
Nova vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (88-70)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jed Lowrie 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jason Varitek C
RHP John Lackey (12-12, 6.49)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 6:30., YES Network / MLB Network
WEATHER: Cooling down a little bit, but still very nice out for the last regular season home game of the year.
UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Mike Everitt
TAKE TWO: This is the first time since 1996 that the Yankees are playing a doubleheader on the final day of the home schedule… This is the fifth doubleheader of the season, the Yankees most since 2006 (also five)… The Yankees have gone 2-0-2 in doubleheaders so far this season.
DUE FOR A LONG ONE: The Yankees and Red Sox played a three-hour game yesterday, and today’s first game lasted just two hours, 59 minutes. It was the first time since 2008 that these two teams played consecutive games in three hours or less.
UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: A 1-2-3 first inning for Nova, and we’re off and running in Game 2.
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: My gosh, the Red Sox are really playing terrible baseball right now. Teixiera’s two-run double turns into a third run because Tex took third on the throw home and scored on Varitek’s awful throw to third base. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead in the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Nova strikes out Ellsbury to end the third with a runner left at second. He looks as good as ever right now.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Sorry, been writing during much of this second game. Nova just allowed a run in the fifth and another in the sixth, Austin Romine managed to turn a wild pitch into an out with a diving tag — more of a sliding, lunging tag — at the plate. It’s a 3-2 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Nova’s thrown 88 pitches, and there’s no activity in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Obviously Girardi wanted Nova to get through to the lefties at the top of the Boston order, but sticking with Nova until now led to two more runs and a 4-3 Red Sox lead in the seventh. Boone Logan is now in to face at least Ellsbury and Crawford.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Logan strikes out Ellsbury and picks off Gathright to get out of the seventh.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Chavez leadoff single. Gardner in to pinch run. Aceves coming out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Dickerson’s sac fly has tied the game at 4 heading into the eighth. Soriano coming in to pitch.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Austin Romine is this year’s Greg Golson, throwing out Carl Crawford in a key spot in September.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Pitching change gives me a few seconds to look away from my running game story… Big moment for Romine in the bottom of the ninth, but he’s probably never seen a pitch quite like that one from Papelbon. Girardi gave the kid a chance, and Romine went down swinging.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Laffey still in for the 13th inning. It’s officially getting late, and the Yankees haven’t had many great chances to score since that bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth. I’m really regretting the decision to book a 6:30 a.m. flight.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Ellsbury three-run bomb off Scott Proctor. It’s a 7-4 Red Sox lead in the 14th.