Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05)
Nova vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (43-42)
Daniel Nava LF
Pedro Ciriaco 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Sweeney CF
Mauro Gomez 3B
Mike Aviles SS
LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: Nice warm night in Boston. As far as weather, this is a pretty perfect way to head into the all-star break.
UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Ed Hickox, 3B Tim Timmons
BEGINNING AND END: The Yankees are 19-9 in series openers and 18-9 in series finales, but they’re just 14-15 in the middle games of a series. The Yankees?have won each of their past seven series finales on the road and 11 of their past 13 series finales overall.
NO MORE THAN THREE: The Yankees are 34-2 (.944) when holding their opponent to three or fewer runs. That’s the second-best such winning percentage in baseball behind the Mets who are 35-2 when allowed three runs or less.
JONES REACHES DOUBLE DIGITS: Andrew Jones hit three homers in Saturday’s doubleheader. He started the day having hit three home runs in 91 career at-bats at Fenway Park. … Jones has 10 home runs this season in just 122 at-bats, placing him seventh in the Majors with a 12.20AB/HR ratio among players with at least 10 homers entering today’s games. … Jones has reached double-digits in home runs in 15 Major League seasons, tying three others for the fourth-most among players currently on MLB 40-man rosters (he trails Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome, who all have 17 10-homer seasons).
FROM THE TOP: The Yankees have scored in the first inning of seven of their last nine games, scoring 21 combined first-inning runs and posting a 5-4 record over the stretch. Derek Jeter is hitting .388 (31-for-80) with four home runs leading off the game in 2012.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: I guess that was predictable. After scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday, four runs in the first inning of yesterday’s first game, and three runs in the first inning of yesterday’s second game, the Yankees have now scored two runs in the first inning of tonight’s series finale.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Haven’t seen a replay, but that really, really looked like an out on the stolen base.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Dropped popup by Jeter. I honestly had to watch the replay to see it. I had already turned away from the field and marked it as a 6 in the scorebook.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Adrian Gonzalez is out of the game.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: No error called on Jeter on that play. Looks like a hometown base hit, and it keeps Jeter from his third error in two games.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: The Red Sox say Adrian Gonzalez is sick, which is the reason he came out of the game. Meanwhile, the Yankees have bigger problems with the bases loaded in the third. Two potential outs were lost when Jeter couldn’t make the play this inning.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Nova gets out of the jam. Its’ a 3-2 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Two runs already, two more runners on base, and the Yankees are into the Red Sox bullpen. It’s a 5-2 lead.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Andruw Jones. Again.