Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-7, 2.33)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (72-52)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Carp 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Stephen Drew SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
RHP John Lackey (7-10, 3.32)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Bright sunny day here in Boston. Somewhere in this city, my friend’s Joel and Katie have a beautiful day for their wedding.
UMPIRES: HP Adrian Johnson, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Bill Welke
GET IN POSITION: Over their last four games, the Yankees are hitting .449 with three doubles, three home runs, 33 RBI, six walks and a .509 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position. Alfonso Soriano has a hit in each of his last 6AB with RISP (1 double, 2 homers, 11 RBI) and seven of his last eight such at-bats.
THE SORI SHOW: Alfonso Soriano is tied for fifth on the Yankees with eight homers and ranks seventh with 26 RBI despite having just 75 at-bats with the club. He has 19 runs in 19 games as a Yankee this year.
ON THE MARK: Last night, Mark Reynolds became the first Yankee to homer in his first plate appearance with the club since Andruw Jones did so on April 5, 2011. He is the 22nd player to hit a home run for the Yankees this season, tying a franchise record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (also 22 players in 2000 and 1965).
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Soriano was nearly picked off twice, then got too far off the bag on a shallow fly ball. He’s doubled off and the Yankees are down to their last out of the second inning.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: This is the pitching matchup we expected. Scoreless through three.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Yankees had a chance to turn two there. It would have gotten them out of the inning without a run, instead it’s a 1-0 Red Sox lead with runners at first and second.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Is it too early for Girardi to get one of those challenge flags?
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Bad throw by Overbay in this inning, and what looked like a bad call at third base. Ugly way to allow two runs.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Yankees got one run in the fifth and trail 3-1. Can they chip away enough to get this game back?
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Bad throw by Cano lets Ellsbury get to third, but the real damage was done on the RBI double. It’s now a 5-1 Red Sox lead in the sixth. Bad defense by the Yankees today, plus a not-as-good-as-usual start by Kuroda, plus a lack of offense tend to lead to games like this one.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Kuroda is finished. This seams like a Preston Claiborne situation, but he’s gone, so here’s Adam Warren.