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
LHP CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (73-52)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Jonny Gomes LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Daniel Nava 1B
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.50)
Dempster vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: Too cloudy for my liking. It’s not like these two teams need weather to be here for a long time.
UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Adrian Johnson
LAST NIGHT WAS THE EXCEPTION: With runners in scoring position over their last five games, the Yankees are batting .397 (23-for-58) with three doubles, three homers, 34 RBI, seven walks and a .462 on-base percentage. Alfonso Soriano has a hit in each of his last six at-bats with RISP. Since being acquired by the Yankees on July 26, Soriano is batting .526 (10-for-19) with one double, four homers and 20 RBI with RISP.
FIVE-HIT NIGHT? Ichiro Suzuki has 3,995 career hits combining his totals from the Major Leagues (2,717) and the Pacific League (1,278). He needs five to reach 4,000.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The best Yankees batting averages at Fenway Park (minimum 200 career at-bats): 1. Lou Gehrig (.350), 2. Bob Meusel (.340), 3. Moose Skowron (.339), 4. Robinson Cano (.334).
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Gotta side with Girardi on this one. Hitting both teams with a warning, not ejecting Dempster, all of it. Not a great call by the umpires after Rodriguez was clearly drilled on purpose.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: This hit batter opened the door to the Yankees tying the game at 2. Sabathia did not hit the leadoff man in the bottom of the second. He really couldn’t given the warnings to both sides. Sabathia’s let a few “slip” in his time with the Yankees. If not for the warnings, I wonder how he would have reacted.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Go-ahead RBI ground out by Rodriguez. Dempster has managed to do the impossible and make Rodriguez a sympathetic figure and a rallying point. That’s amazing.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Leadoff double and a wild pitch hurt in that inning as Sabathia lets the tying run come in. It’s 3-3 after three.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: A double, a couple of sacrifices and a home run. Sabathia’s allowed two more runs and the Red Sox are back in front. It’s 5-3 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Sabathia just walked in a run before finally getting out of the fifth inning. It’s a 6-3 Red Sox lead. David Huff was up for a little while int he Yankees pen, but he’s sitting down again now that the inning is over.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Rodriguez takes Dempster deep to center field and gives an extended gesture at home plate, clearly making a point after that HBP in the second. It’s now 6-4.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Nunez clearly hurt himself on that slide back into first base. Foot? Ankle? Leg? Something. He’s talked to four different members of the staff and has stayed in so far, but he’s not moving great.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Nunez is now out. Jayson Nix pinch running at third. Obviously he’ll stay in to play short.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Huge hit by Gardner. Hesitated at second to make sure Stewart was being waved home, and still had the triple easily. Yankees just jumped in front 7-6.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: This is cool. With Nix being new to the game — hasn’t played the field before now — Rodriguez and Cano are just playing catch during warmups while Nix takes every thrown ground ball from Overbay. Nix needs the grounders, so he’s getting as many as he can get. I’ve never seen that. Makes sense, though.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Sabathia just struck out Ellsbury for the third time tonight. That’s it for CC. Here’s Shawn Kelley.
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Reynolds coming in to hit for Overbay.
UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Reynolds delivered an RBI single. Meanwhile, Nunez has a tight right hamstring.