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Game 120: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter DH

2. Nick Swisher 1B

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Andruw Jones RF

5. Casey McGehee 3B

6. Curtis Granderson CF

7. Russell Martin C

8. Jayson Nix SS

9. Ichiro Suzuki LF

David Phelps RHP

Red Sox lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Carl Crawford LF

3. Dustin Pedroia 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

5. Cody Ross DH

6. Ryan Lavarnway C

7. Scott Podsednik RF

8. Pedro Ciriaco SS

9. Nick Punto 3B

Jon Lester LHP

 

TV/Radio: FOX/WCBS 880

Umpires: Scott Barry HP, Jerry Meals 1B, Gary Darling 2B, Paul Emmel 3B

Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy

 

Who’s on third? Casey McGehee, Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix have teamed to bat .385 (30 for 78) with seven homers in place of A-Rod since he went on the DL July 25.

Left-handed compliment: The Yankees have the best winning percentage in the league against lefty starters at .619, based on a 26-16 record.

Pummeling Red Sox pitching: The Yankees have outscored Boston 73-50 in winning seven of 10 so far. They have hit 28 homers against the Sox.

Update, 4:15: Phelps has another sluggish first, two-run homer for Gonzalez.

Update, 4:33: First and second, no one out, and the Yankees don’t score. McGehee goes down swinging with both runners in scoring position. Lester has been one of the reasons the Red Sox have flopped, coming in at 6-10 with a 5.20 ERA, although Bobby Valentine made it seem yesterday like he has mostly been unlucky.

Update, 4:40: Phelps strands Ciriaco at second with two outs thanks to a nice fastball at the knees to Nick Punto.

Update, 4:47: Martin double-play ball kills the second after a leadoff walk by Granderson.

Update, 4:54: Strong inning for Phelps, 1-2-3 in the lineup and 1-2-3 they’re out. Good fastball tailing back in to get Crawford looking for the second out.

Update, 5:00: Swisher is just locked in at the moment, two singles in two at-bats, 9 for 22 on the homestand.

Update, 5:03: Wild pitch, but Cano pops a curve to center and leaves Swisher at second.

Update, 5:10: 1-2-3 fourth for Phelps, settling in again after a somewhat slow start.

Update, 5:18: Granderson coming back to life after 1-for-22 slide, second homer and third hit in two days, lands this one on the netting in center. 2-1 Boston after four.

Update, 5:27: RBI double for Punto in the fifth.

Update, 5:40: Swisher not locked in on that last at-bat, strikes out to leave Ichiro at second. 3-1 after five.

Update, 5:49: Three runs, six hits allowed through six for Phelps. Really can’t complain about that. This figures to be Phelps’ second and last start before Sabathia returns. But Phelps will be useful again in the bullpen, looks like he can have a future here in some role.

Update, 5:55: Lester in command of the Yankees’ bats, at least through six, one run, four hits allowed. Phelps is out for the seventh, but it looks like Eppley is warming. Logan is up, too.

Update, 6:06: Ciriaco on second and two outs, Phelps’ day is done. Logan on to face Ellsbury. Nice hand for Phelps.

Update, 6:11: Logan fans Ellsbury, so a quality start for Phelps, three runs, seven hits, 6 2/3.

Update, 6:25: Granderson leadoff double and then moves to third with one out, but he’s left there by Nix and Suzuki.

Update, 6:30: Pedroia doubles with one out in the eighth off Logan, extends hitting streak to 13 games. Jeter’s 13-game streak will be on the line in the bottom of the eighth.

Update, 6:32: Eppley comes on after a walk to Gonzalez.

Update, 6:39: Eppley does his job. Andrew Bailey will take over for Lester.

Update, 6:45: Jeter goes down swinging. Streak might be over.

Update, 6:49: Swisher singles to center for his third hit. Lefty Craig Breslow will come on face Cano. Cano is due. He’s 0 for the homestand, 0 for 13.

Update, 6:52: Cano is now way overdue, 0 for 14 after 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Update, 6:58: Four hits for Ciriaco, double makes it second and third, no outs in the ninth.

Update, 7:00: Wild pitch, 4-1.

Update, 7:01: Walk, first and third. So Rapada will come on to face Ellsbury.

Update, 7:07: Second and third, two outs. Derek Lowe will come on to face his old team for the first time on the other side of the rivalry.

Update, 7:11: Lowe keeps it at 4-1. Alfredo Aceves will try to close it out.

Update, 7:30: Yankees finish with seven hits, lose 4-1.

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