Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (15-11, 3.34)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (69-92)
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
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6, 7.68)
Matsuzaka vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Cloudy and hazy, but batting practice went without a hitch and it looks like they could get through the night without any trouble. But in the name of a reverse jinx… Rain! Everywhere!
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Dale Scott, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Bill Miller
MILESTONE WATCH: Alex Rodriguez needs one RBI to pass Stan Musial for fifth on baseball’s all-time list. … Derek Jeter needs one more run to reach 100 for the 14th time in his career. … Jeter needs a 10-hit game to tie Eddie Collins for ninth all time. That’s probably not going to happen.
WORKLOAD: Hiroki Kuroda has matched his career-high for innings pitched in a season, a number he hadn’t reached since he left Japan. If he gets one out tonight, he’ll set a new career high.
GOING DEEP: The Yankees have hit a Major League-leading 241 home runs this season, three away from the franchise record set in 2009. This is already their third-highest home run total.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Two first-inning hits have the Red Sox in the lead early, 1-0.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Home run No. 42 for Granderson, a new single-season career high and a 3-1 lead.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Kuroda through the third with no more damage. Still a 3-1 lead and Kuroda looks a little better than he has recently.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Two-run homer for Cano has the Yankees up 5-1. After a single by Swisher, the Red Sox are going to the bullpen with just one out in the third inning. Here comes Clayton Mortensen.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Good grief. Cano is impossibly hot right now. His second homer of the night is his 33rd of the year, good for a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning.
UPDATE. 9:39 p.m.: Couple of hits and another run off Kuroda in the seventh, but he gets through it with his fourth strikeout of the night. That could be it for him, his longest start since the end of August.