Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.39)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (34-23)
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Carp RF
Dustin Pedroia 2b
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Stephen Drew SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jose Iglesias 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
RHP Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73)
Buchholz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: After a 45-minute rain delay, it looks like things are finally good to go.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Chris Conroy, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3b Gary Cederstrom
IN THE NIX OF TIME: Jayson Nix has hit safely in a season-high seven straight games since May 24, one game shy of his career high of eight games set in 2009 with the White Sox. Nix has hit .357 (10-for-28) with five RBI and three multi-hit games over the stretch. He is hitting .300 against left-handed pitchers this year.
TAKING ON PERFECTION: Tonight the Yankees are facing a pitcher with a record of 5-0 or better for the third time this season. They defeated the Rays on May 25 at Tropicana Field in a game started by Matt Moore, who entered 8-0, and they lost to the Mets on May 28 in a game started by Matt Harvey, who entered 5-0.
CANO vs. CLAY: Robinson Cano owns a .429 (12-for-28) career average against Clay Buchholz. That is the highest average for any player against Buchholz with at least 20 plate appearances, and is Cano’s third-highest against any pitcher he’s had at least 20 plate appearances.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Kuroda had a quick top of the first, and the Yankees couldn’t do anything with Cano’s walk in the bottom half. Still scoreless after one. Hard to make much of a tiny sample size, but Teixeira has six strikeouts already.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: That hit snaps an 0-for-19 for Romine.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: The shift does its job and gets the Red Sox out of the third inning. Cano hits the ball to the right side and still hits into a 5-6-3 double play.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Ortiz sneaking a single up the middle has led to a 1-0 Red Sox lead here in the fourth. Ortiz moved the runner to third with his hit, and that runner scored on a grounder to short.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Jose Iglesias just took Kuroda deep. That’s his first homer of the year and the second of his career. It’s a 2-0 Red Sox lead as the Yankees offense still can’t get anything going. Been like this for a while now.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Ortiz is booed as he steps to the plate, then celebrates the long homer with an emphatic bat toss. It’s now 3-0. Might as well be 30-0.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Just as Boone Logan starts getting loose, here comes the tarp.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: So play resumed just long enough for Boone Logan to end the sixth, but now we’re back in a delay.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: At this point, I’m fairly stunned they haven’t just called the game. But here we sit.