RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 2.05)
Tanaka has never faced any of the Red Sox
RED Sox (9-11)
Grady Sizemore RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Xander Bogaerts SS
Brock Holt 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MY9
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s, dipping into the 50s with a decent chance of rain. Isn’t it always like this in Boston?
UMPIRES: HP Quinn Walcott, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Brian Knight
THE CAPTAIN HITS: Derek Jeter has 10-game active hitting streak, marking the longest hitting streak by a Yankee at any point this season. Jeter now has 47 career double-digit hitting streaks, tying Hall of Famer Tris Speaker for the third-most in the Majors since 1903. (Ty Cobb has the most with 66, and Hank Aaron is second with 48.
BEATING THE LEFTIES: Over their last 12 games against left-handed pitchers, Yankees batters are hitting .287 (60-for-209) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 25 RBI, 12 walks and a .326 OBP. The Yankees began the season batting .233 (10-for-43) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, no home runs and 5 RBI vs. LHP over the first seven games of the season.
NYCFC AT YANKEE STADIUM: In a press conference held on Monday at Yankee Stadium, New York City Football Club (NYCFC) announced it will call Yankee Stadium home beginning in their 2015 inaugural season. Mariano Rivera was presented with the team’s first season tickets.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Mostly boos, a few cheers and a lot of general indifference as Ellsbury takes his first Yankees at-bat at Fenway.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: So either a fan touched the ball and it’s a double, or a fan didn’t touch it and it’s an inside-the-park home run. How the umpires have settled on a triple is beyond me.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Is fan interference a judgment call on where the runner ends up? I thought it was an automatic double, but maybe not. Or, I guess obviously not. Ellsbury has a leadoff triple, Jeter has followed with an RBI single and the Yankees have a quick and weird 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Yankees take advantage of a triple, a couple of singles, a passed ball and an error to take a 2-0 lead after the first half inning. Here’s Tanaka’s rivalry debut.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Just played a video tribute to Ellsbury. Pretty good ovation from the crowd. Camera’s on Ellsbury as he tips his cap to the crowd.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Three straight doubles by the Yankees to start the third inning. Granted, one of them was a weak blooper by Teixeira, but still, it counts just the same. Two more runs are in already and it’s a 4-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Solo homer by Ortiz has cut the lead to 4-1. Looked a pretty straight fastball down in the zone.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Second turn through the order not going nearly as well as the first turn for Tanaka. Napoli has now homered. It’s the first time this year that the Red Sox have gone back to back. Another fastball from Tanaka, this one up in the zone. Pretty ugly pitch.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Two-out, two-run double for Ellsbury here in the fifth inning. He’s had quite the day in his return to Fenway. Yankees are up 7-2.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Beltran’s solo homer has pushed the Yankees lead to 9-2, and Tanaka is now finished after 7.1 strong innings. Betances is out of the bullpen, I assume to finish off this thing. Tanaka struck out seven and walked none. Another really, really good start from him.