RHP Michael Pineda (0-1, 1.50)
Pineda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (4-5)
Grady Sizemore LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 3B
RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 12.46 ERA)
Buchholz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES Network, MLB Network and WFAN
WEATHER: Temperatures supposed to be in the 50s. Feels colder than that for some reason, but that might be a matter of getting used to being up north again.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B John Tumpane, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B James Hoye
LUCKY SEVENTH: The Yankees are 4-0 this season when leading after six innings and 0-5 when tied or trailing after six innings.
TRUE YANGY: Yangervis Solarte has hit safely in his first seven career starts, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Hideki Matsui hit safely in his first seven career starts in 2003. … The last Yankee to have a longer such streak was Mike Heath in 1978 (13 games). That’s according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Solarte is tied for the Major League lead (with Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings) with six doubles… became the first player since 1900 with at least six doubles through his first seven career games, also according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Solarte leads the Yankees in total bases (18), doubles (6), extra-base hits (6), RBI (7), batting avg. (.429) and OBP (.484). He is tied for the team lead with 12 hits (also Ellsbury).
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: Michael Pineda has faced the Red Sox only once in his career, suffering the loss in a 12-8 Mariners defeat on July 24, 2011 at Fenway Park. Pineda’s line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 K). Pineda is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 10 career starts vs. AL East clubs.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Pineda hitting 94-95 mph in a scoreless first inning. Two balls hit pretty hard — deep fly to right, line drive snagged by Johnson — but Pineda has a 1-2-3 innings. One of the other writers just asked me what I expect tonight, and for whatever reason I honestly expect Pineda to pitch a really good game.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Not much action so far tonight, which is good news for Pineda. He’s dealing through four scoreless innings. Couple of walks are his only base runners. He’s struck out four.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Huge hit for McCann, who snapped an 0-for-14 with a sharp RBI single down the first-base line. It’s now a 1-0 Yankees lead in the bottom of the fourth. Still no outs. Still runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Yankees get another run on a double play ball — Girardi argued briefly about the out at first base, but it was clearly the right call — and it’s now 2-0 heading into the fifth. Meanwhile, if you’ve missed it on Twitter, the NESN broadcast has shown Pineda with some sort of foreign substance on his hand. It looks like pine tar, it’s definitely something. My guess is that nothing will come of it — I’m of the belief that enough pitchers do something like that regularly that teams generally don’t care very much — but it’s out there.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Dean Anna! Not his first big league hit, but certainly his first big league home run. Must be an incredible feeling to go deep and then have Derek Jeter slap you in the head as you go into the dugout. It’s now 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Nava did not take the express route going after that deep fly ball. It’s a two-out double for Jeter.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: After the Jeter double, Ellsbury singles in the run and it’s a 4-0 Yankees lead. Pineda still working on a one-hitter heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: There goes the shutout. Nava goes deep just as Cesar Cabral is warming in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Pineda’s at 94 pitches and he’s out of the game. Doesn’t look too pleased about it, either. Here’s Cesar Cabral to face Pierzynski with one on and a 4-1 Yankees lead.