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Game 54: Yankees vs. Red Sox

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YANKEES (30-23)
Brett Gardner CF
Kevin Youkilis DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (4-4, 3.96)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox [2]

RED SOX (33-22)
Daniel Nava LF
Jonny Gomes RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jose Iglesias 3B

LHP Jon Lester (6-1, 3.34)
Lester vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Hot but beautiful outside. Some wind blowing from right to left.

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Chris Conroy

STREAK STOPPER: CC Sabathia takes the mound tonight with the Yankees riding a five-game losing streak. It’s the seventh time in his career that Sabathia will start a game with his team on a losing streak of five-or-more games. His team has gone 3-3 in those six previous starts with Sabathia going 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA. He has pitched nine-inning shutouts in each of his last two such outings: May 8, 2009 with the Yankees at Baltimore and September 6, 2004 with Cleveland at Seattle.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Yankees and Blue Jays will make up their May 19 rainout at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, August 20 as the first game of a day-night doubleheader (1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times).

EARLY WIN: Happy to report that the New York media team beat the Boston media team this morning at Yankee Stadium. It’s a 16-9 game, with Anthony McCarron and Pete Caldera each coming up with big RBI doubles for New York. I finished 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Didn’t have any chances in the field, which was probably a good thing. We’ll play at Fenway Park later this summer.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Couple of early strikeouts, then Sabathia pitched around a double to give the Yankees a scoreless top of the first.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Hey, a walk!

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: So let me get this straight: The Yankees get Teixeira and Youkilis off the DL, and it’s Nix who drives in the first run? Whatever works.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: And of course slumping Ichiro also gets an RBI. It’s 2-0 Yankees after two.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Four scoreless for Sabathia. Best he’s looked in a long time.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sabathia just struck out the side. That’s eight strikeouts in five innings. That’s already more strikeouts than in his past two starts combined.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: On replay, that’s definitely the right call at second base, but Girardi’s fired up and now he’s ejected.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: There’s an RBI single by Youkilis and the lead is up to 3-0. Teixeira has walked and scored a run. Youkilis has singled in driven in a run.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Yankees seem generally unhappy with the umpires tonight.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Sabathia has finally allowed a run on Napoli’s RBI double in the seventh. It’s a 3-1 game.