Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34)
Phelps vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (69-91)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava LF
Cody Ross RF
James Loney 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Lavarnway DH
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Jose Iglesias SS
LHP Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Rainy, but a chance of getting this game in. Have to think the Yankees will wait as long as it takes to avoid a double header tomorrow. No one wants to decide a season that way.
UMPIRES: HP Bill Miller, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Dan Iassogna
PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Yankees enter play today with a one-game lead over Baltimore, and tied with Texas for the best record in the American League. The Yankees own the tiebreaker with Texas after winning the season series against the Rangers, 4-3. If the season ended today, the Yankees would face the winner of the Wild Card game in a best-of-five series beginning on Sunday at the Wild Card team’s home stadium.
ACE: CC Sabathia is the first Yankees starter to reach 15 wins in four straight seasons since Ron Guidry (1977-80), and one of six Yankees to do so in each of his first four years with the club — first since Allie Reynolds (six straight, 1947-52).
ANOTHER MARK FOR JETER: Derek Jeter needs one more run to reach 100 for the season. It would be his 14th career 100-run season, which would break a tie with Lou Gehrig, Rickey Henderson and Alex Rodriguez for the second-most all time behind Hank Aaron (15).
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Ellsbury single, Pedroia double and it’s already a 1-0 Red Sox lead.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Pedroia scores on a sac fly and the lead is up to 2-0. Ellsbury and Pedroia are easily the most dangerous hitters in this Boston lineup — it’s not even close, really — and those two have put the Yankees in an early hole.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Teixeira can’t beat out the double play, but he doesn’t seem to have hurt himself either. Small victories?
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: There’s 10 stolen bases for Granderson this season. Every time he steals one these days I’m stunned. I actually keep forgetting that he can do that.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Nunez gets credited with a single. The lesson, as always: Hit the ball hard and good things happen.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Ichiro just tried to bunt and fouled the ball into the second deck. When a bunt goes into the second deck, it’s usually not properly executed.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Phelps has settled in and he’s through five innings without allowing another run. The Yankees are in the familiar spot of waiting for the lineup to produce. Still a 2-1 Red Sox lead.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Phelps absolutely did his job — just one hit after those two hits to start the game — and Boone Logan came in to finish off the sixth inning. The Yankees still trail 2-1 and still need something from their offense.