Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Vernon Wells RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.01)
Pettitte vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (85-57)
Shane Victorino CF
Jonny Gomes LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
LHP Felix Doubront (10-6 3.89)
Doubront vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network.
WEATHER: Things cooled down a little bit today. Feels nice, actually. Perfect blue sky with no real wind.
UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Rob Drake
GRAND THEFT: The Yankees stole a season-high six bases last night (Gardner, Overbay, Rodriguez, Soriano, Suzuki, Wells), marking their most steals since swiping seven September 19, 2012 against Toronto (Granderson, Nix, Stewart, Suzuki-4). The Yankees tied a franchise record with six different players stealing at least one base in a single game, accomplishing the feat for the ninth time in franchise history and first since May 31, 1916 against Philadelphia (Roxy Walters, Wally Pipp, Lee Magee, Frank Gilhooley, Hugh High and Paddy Baumann each player had exactly one steal).
FRAME GAME: Yankees batters have had at least one inning of four or more runs in each of their past four games, their second such streak this season (also June 3-6).
SCORING STREAK: Yankees batters have scored at least six runs in each of their past four games, matching their longest such streak since the start of the 2008 season (accomplished 11 times over the stretch). This is the first time they’ve done it since July 15-18, 2012).
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Three strikeouts in the first inning for Pettitte. That’s a solid start.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: I hope none of you were in range of that Soriano two-run homer. I feel like trying to catch it might have broken a hand or knocked someone over. Really hard hit, and it’s a 2-0 Yankees lead. Soriano has 30 homers this year, 13 with the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Pettitte let the Red Sox have a run in the top of the second, but Nunez just got it right back with an RBI triple in the bottom half. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead, still with no outs and a runner 90 feet away.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Vernon Wells to get the Yankees out of the third.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Gardner’s been terrific lately, and that’s a two-out, two-run triple to chase Doubront and give the Yankees a 6-2 lead in the fourth. This is officially a game the Yankees should win.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Pettitte allows a run in the top of the fifth, and the Yankees answer with a two-out RBI single by Wells, who’s reached base twice today. Pettitte has let the Red Sox score in three different innings, and each time the Yankees have responded in the bottom of the inning.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Ground ball past Nunez. Ground ball single up the middle. Walk. Infield single on a play Rodriguez/Reynolds couldn’t quite make. If it’s any other pitcher, there would be some sense of an outing that wasn’t quite as bad as it looked. But Hughes really hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt. The ball past Nunez was hit hard, and the walk came in a brutal spot. Just a bad series of five hitters, and now the Yankees need something really really good out of Logan.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: My goodness. Logan had five attempts at strike three. The fifth was a game-tying grand slam. Unreal. This is where the impact of a depleted bullpen is truly felt. In normal circumstances, no way does a lefty like Logan stay in to face Napoli.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Well, Claiborne gives up the go-ahead homer, Chamberlain walks in a run and allows an RBI single, and now here’s Matt Daley pitching to J.R. Murphy. Bad things, man. Bad things.