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 Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (42-40)
Daniel Nava LF
Ryan Kalish CF
David Ortiz DH
Cody Ross RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mauro Gomez 3B
Mike Aviles SS
Nick Punto 2B
RHP Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.06)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 80s and upper 70s. It actually feels pretty nice outside. No real chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Angel Hernandez
GOOD IN THE MIDDLE: The Yankees reached the halfway point with a 49-32 record. They have reached 49 wins within the team’s first 81 games six times since 2000 (2002-04 and 2010-12), tied with Boston for most such seasons in the Majors over the span.
CANO ON A ROLL: Robinson Cano has driven in at least one run in a career-high eight straight games. It is the longest streak by a Yankee since Jorge Posada had an eight-game streak in July of 2010. The last Yankee with a longer streak was Derek Jeter, who had a nine-game RBI streak from May 23 to June 2, 2004. … Cano has homered in nine of his last 17 games, batting .394 with 12 runs, two doubles and 20 RBI over the stretch.
TWO TOMORROW: The Yankees are scheduled to play their first day-night doubleheader of the season on Saturday. They played five doubleheaders in 2011 (going 2-0-3), their most since 2006. The Yankees have gone 13-1-15 in doubleheaders since 2000, getting swept just once -– on September 17, 2006 vs. Boston at the original Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: So it’s going to be one of those games. Josh Beckett was a mess in the top of the first inning, giving up five runs on four hits, and now Hiroki Kuroda is getting knocked around in the bottom half. He’s gotten one out, given up two runs and there are two more on base. It’s a 5-2 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Wow. Tied game after Saltalamacchia’s 17th homer of the season, a three-run shot to make it 5-5. Can David Phelps come back yet?
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: The teams traded runs in the second innings, and now Beckett has struck out the side in the third. In a game that’s 6-6 after two innings, Beckett just struck out three in a row. What a weird game this is.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Another scoreless inning for both Beckett and Kuroda. They combined to allow 12 runs in the first two innings and have allowed two hits in the past two innings. It’s still 6-6 heading into the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: A double steal put Rodriguez at third base, but he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder to second. Good play by Punto, good block by Saltalamacchia and it’s still 6-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 9;13 p.m.: Two singles in the fifth inning have given the Red Sox their first lead of the night. Considering the way this thing started, it’s amazing that they’re in front right now.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Bad baserunning by Chavez, bad timing on Jeter’s double play and it’s still a 7-6 Red Sox lead in the middle of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Teixeira and Padilla notoriously dislike one another, and Teixeira just won the battle in a big way with an RBI triple to center field. Two runs are in and it’s an 8-7 Yankees lead. Teixeira’s hand clap when he got to third was loud enough to hear it in the press box.