Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (58-39)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jhonny Gomes LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Brandon Snyder 3B
Jose Iglesias SS
LHP Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91)
Doubront vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s just really hot. Seriously. Really, really hot.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Everitt, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Dan Bellino
ON THE ROAD AGAIN (AND AGAIN) (AND AGAIN): The Yankees begin the second half of the season by playing 15 of their first 18 games on the road. They finish with 27 of their last 49 at home, but the second half begins with a brutal series of road games including Boston and Texas and a DH-free West Coast trip.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS YEAR? The Yankees hit .287 (94-for-327) with a .547 slugging percentage in nine games at Fenway Park in 2012. They average 6.56 runs per game while going 7-2 in Boston. Their 19 homers marked their second-most at Fenway in a single season all time, trailing only the 23 they hit there in 1961.
SUIT AND TIE: As part of their “Legends of Summer Stadium Tour,” Justin Timberlake and Jay Z will perform at Yankee Stadium tonight and tomorrow night. No word on whether the Yankees will try to open Cano negotiations while Jay Z is in the building.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Two and a half innings into this one, the Yankees have made absolutely no noise and the Red Sox have turned two home runs into a 3-0 lead. Not looking good for anyone but the Red Sox right now.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Yankees are on the board without a hit. Gardner went from being picked off to having two stolen bases and a run on an error. It’s 3-1 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Yankees score a run without getting a hit that inning. This is what it’s come to.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Gardner tossed for slamming his helmet after a called strike three. Lillibridge goes from third to right, Ichiro from right to center, and Luis Cruz enters to play third base.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Oh, and the Yankees got a couple of doubles that inning to cut the lead to 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Almonte is also out of the game and Gonzalez is playing left. What a mess. The Yankees are down to a Hafner/Romine bench. Not a lot of defensive flexibility there.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Sprained left ankle for Almonte.