Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Steve Pearce 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.14)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (63-78)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Scott Podsednik DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
James Loney 1B
Cody Ross LF
Ryan Lavarnway C
Ryan Kalish RF
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Mike Aviles SS
LHP Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s been a bright and sunny day here in Boston.
UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Brian O’Nora
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The Yankees are 28-17 (.622) in series openers this season, but they have lost five of their last six.
MUSCLE: Russell Martin has gone 9-for-21 (.429) with six runs, one double, two homers and eight RBI over his last six games. He had hit two homers with seven RBI over his previous 28 games. Four of Martin’s last five run-producing hits have given the Yankees the lead.
AT FENWAY: The Yankees have hit 31 home runs in 12 games against the Red Sox in 2012, outscoring them 78-55. The Yankees have batted .319 with a .615 slugging percentage six games at Fenway Park this season, averaging 8.2 runs per game. … Andruw Jones hit four home runs in the Yankees’ last series at Fenway Park. He has hit just three homers combined at all other visiting parks this season. He had three homers in 88 career Fenway Park at-bats entering 2012. … Ichiro Suzuki has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games at Fenway Park since the start of 2009. … Nick Swisher is batting a team-high .444 (16-for-36) against Boston this season, with seven runs, three doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Lester needed 23 pitches that inning, but the Yankees got just one run out of it.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Kuroda is through two scoreless without allowing a hard-hit ball since Ellsbury’s leadoff double in the first.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: The Yankees can’t get Ciriaco out — obviously — and his leadoff double has led to a Red Sox run in the third. The game’s now tied at 1.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Two Red Sox runs in the third, and they came on hits from their three best players: Ellsbury, Pedroia and — of course — Ciriaco.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Jones singles to put two on with no outs in the sixth. I say Dickerson pinch runs, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Jeter doesn’t get to use that weapon very often, but it was perfect in this situation. A bloop ground-rule double has driven home two runs and put the Yankees in the lead, 3-2.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: So much for momentum. Pedroia just homered in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 3.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Swisher probably should have let Cano field that one, but there’s also no question that Logan should have come off the mound to cover first. Bad play, now the bases are loaded with Joba Chamberlain coming in to face pinch hitter Gomez. (nevermind, now it’s Nava)
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Huge. Swisher goes home to get the second out of the inning, and Chamberlain gets Pedroia to popup to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.