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
RHP Phil Hughes (2-3, 4.97)
Hughes vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (33-23)
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Carp RF
Dustin Pedroia 2
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Stephen Drew SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jose Iglesias 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
LHP Felix Doubront (3-2, 5.29)
Doubront vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:15 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Seems like it’s not as hot as last night, but I really don’t want to check to know for certain.
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Lance Barksdale
SWITCH IT UP: Last night’s Yankees starting lineup included a switch hitter for the first time this season (Mark Teixeira, obviously). According to Elias, the Yankees’ stretch of 53 games without a switch-hitter in its starting lineup to begin a season was the team’s longest such stretch at any point of a season since 1992 when they went 100 straight games without one.
FROM THE LEFT SIDE: The Yankees are 12-5 against left-handed starters this season, the best such winning percentage in the Majors. They have won nine of their last 11 games when opposed by a left-handed starter and are 8-2 vs. lefties at home, winning each of their last six.
STRANGE BUT TRUE: The Yankees and Red Sox have played two games at Yankee Stadium this season in which neither team has homered: last night and Opening Day. In each of the 36 games played between the two teams from 2009-12 in the new Stadium, one or both teams hit at least one home run. Yankees pitchers have not allowed a homer to Red Sox batters this season.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: David Huff has cleared waivers and been sent to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Meanwhile, Chris Stewart has been about as crossed up as a catcher can be to put a runner at second here in the second inning.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Hughes is alright as long as he keeps the home runs to solo and two-run shots. A grand slam by Napoli, though, has put the Yankees in a giant 5-0 hole in the third. Hughes actually looked pretty good until this inning, and his Pedroia strikeout seemed huge at the moment.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Sac fly by Stewart has the Yankees on the board. It’s 5-1 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Well here’s an interesting twist. Stewart pulled. Romine catching.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Hughes gets Ortiz looking and here comes Preston Claiborne with one out in the fifth inning. Hughes struck out seven through 4.1 innings, but that grand slam killed his outing and left the Yankees in a hole.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Another strong relief appearance for Claiborne, who gave the Yankees 1.2 scoreless.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Warren follows with a scoreless inning of his own. The Red Sox have scored in just one inning, but that grand slam was a game-changer.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: There’s a three-run homer by Nava off Warren. Nava has four hits tonight, tying a career high. It’s now an 8-1 Red Sox lead.