Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Vernon Wells DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (7-9, 4.62)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (72-51)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Jonny Gomes LF
Stephen Drew SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
LHP Felix Doubront (8-5, 3.66)
Doubront vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but absolutely no complaints. Been a beautiful day.
UMPIRES: HP Bill Welke, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Fieldin Culbreth
KEEP IT LOCAL: The Yankees play each of their next 16 games — as well as 33 of their 42 overall remaining games — against A.L. East competition. They are are 22-21 against the division this season.
SORI STATE: Alfonso Soriano had 14 RBI in the Yankees’ four-game series against the Angels, batting .588 with seven runs, a double and four home runs. It marked the most RBI in a single series by any Major Leaguer this season. The last Yankee to drive in at least 14 runs in a single series of any length was Joe DiMaggio in a six-game set against Cleveland in 1938. The last Yankee to accomplish the feat in a series of four-games-or-fewer was Tony Lazzeri in 1936 (16 RBI in four games).
BIRTHDAY EH: Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson turns 50 years old today. This is in his 24th season with the Yankees organization, sixth on the Major League coaching staff and fifth as third base coach.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: The boos start long before the introduction of Rodriguez, and they’re lasting quite a while. Of course, he’s up with two on and the Yankees already ahead 1-0 in the first.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Good grief, Soriano is insanely hot right now. Of course, Mark Reynolds is basically the greatest Yankee of all time, so that helps too. It’s 6-0 in the third.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: While the crowd chants, “You use steroids” Rodriguez singles through the right side.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Nunez triple. Cano single. There’s another run and a 7-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Pettitte is through six innings with just one unearned run. His best start in a while.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Couple of hard-hit balls and a Nunez error in the seventh, but the Yankees are still in control, 7-2, with Pettitte still on the mound needing one out to end the inning.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Well, Pettitte’s night fell apart a little bit in the seventh, but still his best start in a long time.