Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Casey McGhee DH
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 3.06)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (59-62)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia DH
Scott Podsednik RF
Pedro Ciriaco SS
Nick Punto 3B
RHP Josh Beckett (5-10, 5:19)
Beckett vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / ESPN
WEATHER: Light winds, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70s. The forecast calls for a few showers after midnight. Um…let’s hope we don’t have to worry about that.
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Gary Darling (crew chief), 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Scott Barry
NY KURODA: Hiroki Kuroda has more than earned his money so far. The offseason acquisition beat Texas 3-0 in his last start, tossing a complete game shutout after not allowing a hit until the seventh. The right-hander is 8-2 with a 2.30 ERA in his last 15 outings and has pitched seven or more innings in 11 of them.
NAWT JAWSHIN’: Josh Beckett has been a shell of the pitcher who shut down the Yankees to clinch the 2003 World Series in the Bronx. His miserable 2012 slump has only deepened after the All-Star break. He is 1-3 with a 7.31 ERA in six starts since, allowing 52 baserunners in just 32.0 innings pitched. Still, the Yankees haven’t beaten Beckett at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 8, 2010. He is 5-0 in his last seven starts here.
GRANDY, SWISHER SURGING: The slump that dropped Curtis Granderson’s average to a season-low .235 appears to have been snapped. The center fielder went deep for the second straight game on Saturday and now has four hits in his last seven at-bats. Likewise, Nick Swisher’s recent hot streak has his numbers as high as they’ve been since mid-May. He now has a hit in seven straight and is 12 for 29 with four home runs and 12 RBI during that stretch.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Granderson’s last and only start as a cleanup hitter was 5/31/09 in Baltimore. He went 1 for 4 with a solo homer in Detroit’s 3-0 win. Maybe’s there’s something to this cleanup thing.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Eight up, eight down for Kuroda, but Punto’s bloop over Jeter broke up the no-hitter. Still, Kuroda looks very sharp so far. He’s allowed just one baserunner, struck out three and thrown just 37 pitches through three innings.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: After smoking two doubles, Jeter now has 3,250 hits and is two shy of tying Nap Lajoie for 12th on the all-time list. He’s also just one shy of Craig Biggio for 13th on the all-time runs list. Jeter has scored twice tonight and now has 1,843.
Now, the flip side. Cano just struck out for the second time tonight. He’s 0 for 16 with five strikeouts this week. Ugly.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: A few notes…
Cano snapped his 0-for-16 skid with a single in the fifth. He was 1 for 25 actually with just a solo home run last Sunday in Toronto.
Kuroda had his scoreless streak snapped at 16.2 IP by Gonzalez’s solo home run. He allowed just six hits over the span and all of them were singles. Kuroda has now pitched seven or more innings in 12 of his last 16 outings.
Lastly, Ichiro’s two solo home runs tonight give him three homers in 86 at-bats as a Yankee. He had four in 402 at-bats with Seattle this season. He’s also now 27 for 86 (.314) since the trade.