RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.88)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (61-77)
Brock Holt 3B
Mookie Betts CF
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Daniel Nava RF
Allen Craig 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Christian Vazquez C
Jemile Weeks 2B
RHP Anthony Ranaudo (3-0, 4.50)
Ranaudo vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Cooler than last night, which is a welcome change. Very little bit of wind blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Tim Timmons
YEAR IN REVIEW: Of the 25 calls Joe Girardi has challenged this season, 20 have been overturned in the Yankees’ favor. That’s the best success rate in baseball. The Yankees have had calls successfully overturned in each of their last seven challenges and in 11 of their last 12 (since June 6).
ROLL CALL: After getting Chaz Roe and Chris Young into last night’s game, the Yankees have now used 55 players this season, the second-highest total in franchise history. They’re one away from tying last year’s total, which means they could get there by getting Antoan Richardson in a game. There’s no one else on the roster who hasn’t already played in a Yankees game this season.
FINALLY, A BIG HIT: After tonight’s postgame show, the YES Network will premiere Aaron Boone Yankeeography: Moments of Glory which focuses on Boone’s 11th-inning, 2003 ALCS Game 7 game-winning home run which sent the Yankees to the World Series. The special features interviews with Boone, Willie Randolph, Joe Torre, Mike Mussina, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, David Wells and Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Quite a bunt by Gardner. Two on and one out for Beltran.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: My gosh. That was a complete mess. Worse base running than last night? Has to be, right?
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Maybe it’s not going to be one of those nights after all. Brian McCann just sent a no-doubt, two-run homer into the second deck and it’s a 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Kuroda through three scoreless. Five strikeouts already.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Bases loaded in the fifth, the Yankees didn’t run themselves out of a scoring opportunity this time. Jacoby Ellsbury lifted a deep sacrifice fly, and now Jeter is up with two outs and two on trying to extend the lead even further.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Hit the ball fairly hard, but it’s right to the right fielder for an inning-ending fly out. Yankees will head into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: RBI double by Holt has the Red Sox on the board, Yankees still up 3-1. Pretty hard-hit ball over Gardner’s head. First time Kuroda’s really had much trouble tonight.