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Game 36: Yankees vs. Red Sox05.13.11

YANKEES (20-15)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.86)
Colon vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (17-20)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

RHP Clay Buchholz (3-3, 4.19)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Pretty nice night. Might want a very light jacket, but right now it’s warm enough without one. Cloudy with some wind blowing right to left, but nothing too crazy.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Mark Wegner

SPREADING THE OPPORTUNITIES: The Yankees are the only team in the majors with at least five players who have 20 or more RBI (Cano, Granderson, Martin, Rodriguez and Teixiera).

NEXT ON THE LIST: Derek Jeter needs one hit to pass Sam Crawford for sole possession of 29th place on baseball’s all-time hits list… Alex Rodriguez is 11 RBI from tying Mel Ott for ninth on baseball’s RBI list. If all of those RBI come on solo home runs, he’ll also tie Ken Griffey Jr. for five most homers all-time.

A NUMBERS GAME: On this date in 1929, the Yankees and Indians played the first Major League game between two teams wearing numbered uniforms.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Well, things were moving along pretty quickly and easily for Colon, then Gonzalez hit a no-doubter to right field for a 1-0 Red Sox lead in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Yankees are being no-hit with only Nick Swisher’s walk and Kevin Youkilis’s error putting runners on base.

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Girardi was hoping the Red Sox would snap the Yankees out of their funk, but Russell Martin’s passed ball — on a strikeout — has opened the door to a second run in the fourth inning, and it’s now a 2-0 Red Sox lead.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A solo home run and a passed ball shouldn’t be enough to beat the Yankees. They’ve gotta consistently score some runs at some point.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: And there ya go, single by Posada and a two-run homer by Martin. Just like that, it’s tied at 2 in the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Yankees caught a break there with the blown call at second base. Looked like Pedroia’s foot was on the bag when he caught the ball

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: YES had Chamberlain’s fastball at 98 mph on the Youkilis home run. Velocity didn’t do much to help on that one. It was a tied game just two batters ago, now it’s a 5-2 Red Sox lead.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Most of the air went out of this place on the Youkilis home run. The rest of the air went out on that Posada grounder. The speakers are apparently not working in the stadium, and the place is silent.

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Game 8: Yankees at Red Sox04.09.11

YANKEES (4-3)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.50)
Nova vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (1-6)
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jacoby Ellsbury CF

RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.68)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: It’s really a beautiful day here at Fenway. Still a little chilly, but nothing too crazy, with just a little bit of wind blowing from left to right. Much nicer than yesterday.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Mark Wegner

GOOD SIGN FOR CANO: It was noted yesterday that Robinson Cano’s .362 career batting average at Fenway Park is the highest for any Yankee in history in this stadium. Today he’s facing Clay Buchholz, and Cano is a career .467 hitter against the Red Sox starter.

PAST THE KID: Alex Rodriguez needs on RBI to pass Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of 13th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list. He’s three RBI away from tying Al Simmons and Ted Williams for 11th place.

SUPER NOVA: Ivan Nova is making his second start of the season. On Monday he became the first Yankees rookie to win a start within the season’s first four games since Al Leiter — then 22 – beat the Brewers in the fourth game of the 1998 season. That’s according to Elias.

BIRTHDAY BOY: Dave Robertson turns 26 years old today. Mark Teixeira turns 31 on Monday.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: In his first start with the Yankees, Eric Chavez just doubled on the first pitch he saw for an RBI double. That’s his first Yankee hit and makes it a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Nick Swisher previously drove in a run on a grounder to the right side.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Nova danced out of trouble in the first and second innings, but now he has a runner at third with one out and the 4 and 5 hitters coming to the plate in the third. It’s still a 2-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: One run scored on a Kevin Youkilis grounder to short, but Nova did a fine job limiting the damage. He got out of the third with a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: After Chavez hit his second double of the game, Martin followed with his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to put the Yankees in front 5-1.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: The Yankees have chased Buchholz in the top of the fourth. After the Martin home run, Jeter and Rodriguez each singled to force Buchholz out of the game with two outs and runners at first and second. It’s still a 5-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Hard to tell from up here why Robinson Cano didn’t at least try to turn two. Nova got the ground ball he needed to get out of the fourth, but for whatever reason Cano decided he couldn’t get the second out — maybe he didn’t have a good grip on the ball? – and so a run scored on a 6-4 fielder’s choice instead of the fourth inning ending on a 6-4-3 double play.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Not turning two cost the Yankees three runs as Dustin Pedroia followed with a two-run double, pulling the Red Sox within 5-4.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Two-run home run by Granderson lets the Yankees breathe a little easier here in the fifth. It’s a 7-4 game. And of course, Chavez followed with his third hit of the game.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here comes Dave Robertson, replacing Nova with one out and runners at first and second in the bottom of the fifth. It’s still 7-4 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Robertson gets out of the inning, meanwhile, just confirmed that the Yankees have in fact signed Carlos Silva to a minor league deal. Jon Heyman was the first I saw with the news.

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Martin has his first multi-homer game since 2007. Meanwhile, the Yankees have announced the Silva signing and say he will report to the minor league complex in Tampa on Wednesday.

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Spring Training Game 7: Yankees vs. Red Sox03.04.11

YANKEES (2-3-1)
Derek Jeter SS
Russell Martin C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Melky Mesa CF
Greg Golson RF

RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 4.50)
Colon vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (2-3)
Darnell McDonald RF
Ryan Kalish CF
Jed Lowrie 1B
Jason Varitek C
Daniel Nava DH
Josh Reddick LF
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Drew Sutton 2B
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Clay Buchholz (17-7, 2.33 in 2010)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Another nice day down here in Tampa. Breeze blowing in from center field.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Art Thigpen

ON THE LINE: Bartolo Colon is making his second start in an attempt to pitch his way back into a big league rotation. Russell Martin’s spot on the roster really isn’t in doubt, this will be the first time he’s tested his surgically repair knee in a game behind the plate.

CALL US WEEKLY: Actor Richard Gere will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.

OLD HABITS: David Well threw batting practice this afternoon. As one of the other Yankees writers pointed out, he looked behind him every time to see where the balls landed after they were hit. Even tossing BP fastballs, Wells seemed worried about his results.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Manny Banuelos, Pedro Feliciano, Mark Prior and Andy Sisco are scheduled to pitch behind Colon.

BULLPEN FOR THE RED SOX: Brandon Duckworth, Randy Williams, Matt Albers, Tony Pena Jr.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Colon and Buchholz each sent the side down in order in the first inning. Colon had two strikeouts and a ground ball to short.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Colon was pretty good. Granted, this is a pretty terrible lineup, but he went three scoreless with five strikeouts and no walks. He allowed two singles, but one was a chopper that didn’t get out of the infield. I still think he’s the third guy in a race for two spots, but he’s been better than I expected.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: I felt sure Rodriguez had a home run on that drive to left-center. The wind is really blowing here and knocked that ball down, but it sure looked like a homer off the bat.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: How’s this as a review of Manny Banuelos? “He’s got as good of stuff as I’ve seen,” Russell Martin said. “I can compare it to a Kershaw.”

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Game 29: Yankees at Red Sox05.08.10

YANKEES (20-8)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 2B

LHP CC Sabathia (4-1, 2.74))
Career vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (15-15)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Mike Lowell DH
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF

RHP Clay Buchholz (3-2, 2.97)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 3:10 p.m./FOX

UMPIRES: HP Adrian Johnson, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Andy Fletcher

WEATHER: Rainy and a little bit chilly, though the temperature is supposed to rise a little bit during the game and the rain seems to have pretty much stopped. It’s a pretty hit or miss kind of day.

A GOOD CATCH: Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli have combined for a .337 average while playing the catcher position. That’s the best average of any catching-combo in the American League and it’s fractionally behind the Cubs — also a .337 average — for the best in the majors.

THE NUMBERS GAME: Joe Girardi got rid of the number 27 this spring, but it’s been passed on to a pair of call-ups. First Greg Golson had the number, now Kevin Russo is wearing it.

GOOD COMPANY: At 23-years-old, Phil Hughes is the youngest Yankees starter to win his first four decision since 21-year-old Whitey Ford began the 1950 season with a 9-0 record.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Sorry about my mistake in the previous post. Sam was there for the Cashman interview about Johnson. He called up to the press box to tell me what was said, and I wrote the wrong thing when I typed it into the blog. Johnson has an inflamed tendon, not torn. That’s my bad.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Look at Ramiro Pena hitting like Robinson Cano. Lead-off double to the monster.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Isn’t it nice when the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters drive in runs? RBI singles from Teixeira and Rodriguez have given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: I’ve watched Darnell McDonald play a whole lot of baseball in Triple-A. He’s not a star player, but he’s not a bad player either. His home run pulled the Red Sox within 2-1.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli was setup inside, but that still looked like a purpose pitch to Pedroia.

UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: I can’t say for certain that Sabathia meant to hit Pedroia, but I know it just came back to hurt him. Martinez’s two-run home run has put the Red Sox in front 3-2.

UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: Another big hit by Cervelli, who just tied the game with a single to center. He would have given the Yankees a lead, but McDonald made a good throw and Martinez did a great job blocking the plate to keep Randy Winn from scoring. It’s now a 3-3 game.

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: First pitch swinging, Mark Teixeira just went deep to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.

UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Gazoo! Two-run single by Francisco Cervelli has put the Yankees in front 6-3. Randy Winn was thrown out between second and third, but that’s still a potentially huge swing in the game.

UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: One strike from an official game and we’re officially in a rain delay. The sky just opened up like you wouldn’t believe. Nothing falling one moment. Absolute downpour the next. The Yankees are up 6-3 with two outs in the top of the fifth. Marco Scutaro is at first and Victor Martinez is at the plate with a 2-2 count. When the umps called for a delay, Sabathia stood on the mound and Cervelli stayed in his crouch for an extra second or two in obvious shock. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pouring, but that did seem like an odd time to make the call.

UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: The rain has died down. It looks like they’ll be able to keep playing. No word yet on whether Sabathia will stay in the game.

UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Here comes the grounds crew. Looks like we could be close to getting started. Unless they’re just dumping the tarp.

UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Scheduled to re-start at 6:20.

UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’ll be the guy on the mound for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Little later than promised, we’re playing again. One hour and 14 minutes on the delay.

UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Have to give him credit. That was quite the turn by Pedroia.

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is the latest Yankee to go down with an injury. This has gotten absurd.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Teixeira hits his second home run of the season, then Swisher singles in Rodriguez. It’s now 8-3 Yankees. We could see Romulo Sanchez tonight.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Aceves has a stiff lower back. That’s a lingering problem for him. Doesn’t sound good.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: For a while Dave Robertson was having a solid season with numbers exaggerated by a few really bad outings. At this point, though, he’s clearly struggling. Joba Chamberlain is in to face the middle of the order with one out and runners at first and second.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The Red Sox have outfielder Jonathan Van Every getting loose in their bullpen. It’s reached that point.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Kevin Russo in for his major league debut. He’s at second and Ramiro Pena has moved to third.

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