Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (2-0, 4.15)
Nova vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (4-8)
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross LF
Jason Repko CF
RHP Clay Buchholz (1-0, 9.82)
Buchholz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:15 p.m., YES Network/MLB Network
WEATHER: Supposed to get much colder by the end of the weekend, but for now it’s still pretty nice out. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s, wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Chris Conroy
PRODUCTIVE AT THE TOP: Derek Jeter has driven in at least one run in each of his past five games, totaling eight RBI over the stretch. It’s the is the fourth-longest such streak of his career and his longest since a five-game streak in 2007. With an RBI today, Jeter would tie for his second-longest career RBI streak and longest since a six-game streak in September of 2005.
THROWBACK: To help celebrate the Fenway anniversary, the Yankees will wear throwback 1912 Yankees uniforms. Back then, the Yankees were called the Highlanders and were defeated in the first Fenway game, 7-6 in 11 innings. The 1912 Yankees finished with the worst winning percentage in franchise history (50-102, .329) and finished a franchise-record 55 games out of first place. According to the team, available records show just one instance of the Yankees wearing something other than their contemporary uniforms in an official game: in a salute to the Negro Leagues in 1996 – in a 9-7 loss at Detroit – the Yankees wore the uniforms of the New York Black Yankees and the Tigers wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars. According to available records, the Yankees have never before worn a “throwback” version of the New York Yankees uniform.
ABOUT FENWAY: Fenway Park is the oldest operating Major League ballpark in the United States. This is the 101st season in which Fenway Park has hosted Major League games (1912–2012), the most for any venue followed by Wrigley Field (99 seasons, 1914–2012), Tiger Stadium (88, 1912–1999), the original Yankee Stadium (84, 1923–2008) and Comiskey Park (81, 1910–1990) The Wrigley Field total includes two seasons (1914–1915) in which it hosted Federal League games, exclusively. All of that is according to the fine folks at Elias.
UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Error, wild pitch and an RBI single by Rodriguez. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Nova works a scoreless bottom of the first, stranding a single to keep the one-run lead going into the second.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: This place is getting pretty quiet pretty quickly. Swisher just went deep, this third homer of the season, for a 2-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Now Chavez has gone deep and it’s 3-0. Buchholz is throwing strikes, but the Yankees are hitting those strikes.
UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Seeing it live, I thought the Ortiz ball was gone. Then I saw a replay on a distant television and thought maybe I was wrong. Now the umpires have reviewed and decided it was a home run. So that’s a solo shot in the second and it’s a 3-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: From the Associated Press: Andy Pettitte made 66 pitches over 5.2 innings in an extended spring training game. The left-hander, who ended a one-year retirement last month, said he expects to pitch at a higher classification, likely Double-A Trenton, in his next start.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Rodriguez goes deep for a 5-1 Yankees lead in the fifth. That’s career homer No. 631, moving Rodriguez ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth most all time.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Yankees just sent an official line on Pettitte. They have him at 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Swisher obviously lost the ball in the sun. It dropped right next to him for an RBI double pulling the Red Sox within 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Nova’s thrown 72 pitches so far.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: That’s Martin’s first extra-base hit of the year, a solo home run to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead. It’s the Yankees fifth home run of the game, all solo shots.