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Game 159: Yankees vs. Red Sox09.25.11

YANKEES (97-61)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Chris Dickerson LF
Austin Romine C

RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62)
Nova vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (88-70)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jed Lowrie 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jason Varitek C

RHP John Lackey (12-12, 6.49)
Lackey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 6:30., YES Network / MLB Network

WEATHER: Cooling down a little bit, but still very nice out for the last regular season home game of the year.

UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Mike Everitt

TAKE TWO: This is the first time since 1996 that the Yankees are playing a doubleheader on the final day of the home schedule… This is the fifth doubleheader of the season, the Yankees most since 2006 (also five)… The Yankees have gone 2-0-2 in doubleheaders so far this season.

DUE FOR A LONG ONE: The Yankees and Red Sox played a three-hour game yesterday, and today’s first game lasted just two hours, 59 minutes. It was the first time since 2008 that these two teams played consecutive games in three hours or less.

UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: A 1-2-3 first inning for Nova, and we’re off and running in Game 2.

UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: My gosh, the Red Sox are really playing terrible baseball right now. Teixiera’s two-run double turns into a third run because Tex took third on the throw home and scored on Varitek’s awful throw to third base. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Nova strikes out Ellsbury to end the third with a runner left at second. He looks as good as ever right now.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Sorry, been writing during much of this second game. Nova just allowed a run in the fifth and another in the sixth, Austin Romine managed to turn a wild pitch into an out with a diving tag — more of a sliding, lunging tag — at the plate. It’s a 3-2 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Nova’s thrown 88 pitches, and there’s no activity in the Yankees bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Obviously Girardi wanted Nova to get through to the lefties at the top of the Boston order, but sticking with Nova until now led to two more runs and a 4-3 Red Sox lead in the seventh. Boone Logan is now in to face at least Ellsbury and Crawford.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Logan strikes out Ellsbury and picks off Gathright to get out of the seventh.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Chavez leadoff single. Gardner in to pinch run. Aceves coming out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Dickerson’s sac fly has tied the game at 4 heading into the eighth. Soriano coming in to pitch.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Austin Romine is this year’s Greg Golson, throwing out Carl Crawford in a key spot in September.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Pitching change gives me a few seconds to look away from my running game story… Big moment for Romine in the bottom of the ninth, but he’s probably never seen a pitch quite like that one from Papelbon. Girardi gave the kid a chance, and Romine went down swinging.

UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Laffey still in for the 13th inning. It’s officially getting late, and the Yankees haven’t had many great chances to score since that bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth. I’m really regretting the decision to book a 6:30 a.m. flight.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Ellsbury three-run bomb off Scott Proctor. It’s a 7-4 Red Sox lead in the 14th.

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Game 112: Yankees at Red Sox08.06.11

YANKEES (69-42)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C

LHP CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (68-43)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Aviles RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS

RHP John Lackey (9-8, 6.23)
Lackey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: It’s warm out, but clouds are gathering and there’s a chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Eric Cooper

THE STREAK: During their season-high eight-game winning streak, the Yankees have outscored opponents 66-21. They are batting .337 (97-for-288) with 18 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs over the stretch, and their pitching staff is holding opponents to a .253 average (66-for-261). The Yankees have been especially hard on opposing starters, who have a 8.84 ERA over the stretch.

GOOD IN THE SUN: The Yankees are a Major League-best 31-7 in day games this season. Their .276 day-time batting average is fifth-highest in the Majors, with an AL-leading 49 daytime home runs. Yankees pitchers have a 2.77 day ERA, the best in the Majors.

NO. 3,000 ALL OVER AGAIN: Derek Jeter’s sixth-inning single last night was his 3,000th hit as a shortstop. According to Elias, Jeter is the first player with at least 3,000 hits at one position since Willie Mays finished with 3,184 hits as a center fielder.

UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: That’s a really nice play by Gonzalez to get the second out of the second inning. A nice little charge and a weird backwards flip. Just a nice play.

UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Ugly swing by Jeter to end the third inning with Cervelli stranded at first. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Pedroia really is a pest for the Yankees. He just doubled in the second run of the third inning, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. He was called safe at second on a strange play — he came off the bag with his right hand, but reached back with his left hand — and Robinson Cano argued that he was out. I honestly couldn’t tell on the replay, but seeing it live, I thought he was out. Doesn’t really matter because the inning ended a batter later and it’s 2-0 Red Sox.

UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Eric Chavez’s two-out single turned a potentially disappointing inning into a game-tying inning. It’s now 2-2 after a run-scoring double play and Chavez’s lined single to left. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, and getting out of that inning with just one run would have been a disappointment.

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Sabathia’s struggles against Boston continues. Three hits in the fourth have given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead, and they still have runners at first and second with one out.

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Make that a two-run inning for the Red Sox, who just scored another run on Marco Scutaro’s two-out single up the middle. It’s 4-2 and Larry Rothschild just went to the mound.

UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Now the inning’s gotten out of hand. That’s a three-run homer by Ellsbury for a 7-2 Red Sox lead. The ball was on the field where Red Sox fans were reaching over the wall trying to grab it. Swisher picked it up and threw it back into the infield.

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Once again, Lackey has limited the damage, holding the Yankees to just one run after letting the first three hitters reach base. It’s 7-3 Red Sox in the middle of the fifth.

UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Luis Ayala is in to pitch after the Yankees let another leadoff single go nowhere in the top of the seventh.

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Game 7: Yankees at Red Sox04.08.11

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

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 11.25)
Hughes vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (0-6)
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro SS

RHP John Lackey (0-1, 22.09)
Lackey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s cold, but it’s not extremely cold. Could be much, much worse. Looks like the win is blowing across the stadium from right to left.

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

NOT HOME SWEET HOME: The past five times the Yankees have played in an opponent’s home opener, the Yankees have gone 1-4, including a loss last year at Fenway.

JOIN THE CLUB: The only Yankees regulars who did not hit a home run during the opening home stand were Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher. Both Jeter and Swisher have homered off Lackey in their careers. Jeter is a career .315/.413/.481 against today’s Red Sox starter.

PERFECTLY NOT PERFECT: The Yankees are 4-0 when making an error this season. They’re 0-2 when not making an error.

ONE DAY AWAY: Dave Robertson turns 26 years old tomorrow.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Internet access is a mess here. More importantly, the Boston fans are already booing the Red Sox after Robinson Cano’s two-out double gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: Pedroia’s solo shot has pulled the Red Sox within 2-1 after one inning. I saw Hughes’ fastball between 89-92 mph.

UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: RBI double by Brett Gardner has pushed the Yankees lead to 3-1. Nice day for him so far.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: With Hughes falling apart, Bartolo Colon is already up in the Yankees bullpen in the bottom of the second. Hughes has allowed four runs this inning, and there are still two on with two outs.

UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Hughes finally got out of the inning after Youkilis got himself stuck in a run down, but the final out didn’t come until after a fifth run had scored. It’s now 6-3 Red Sox after two.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Here’s comes Bartolo. Hughes is finished after two rocky innings. It’s 6-4 Red Sox after Nick Swisher’s RBI groundout in the top of the third.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: The Yankees keeping chipping away. After a Gardner triple, Jeter singled to center to pull the Yankees within 6-5 in the fourth. Also, Aceves is getting loose in the Red Sox bullpen. Is there a chance the first Yankees-Red Sox game of the season is going to come down to Alfredo Aceves and Bartolo Colon?

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: And the game’s all even. Alex Rodriguez just smoked a home run over the monster to tie the score at 6.

UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Mark Teixeira’s error in the fifth was costly, opening the door to an unearned run and a 7-6 Red Sox lead.

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Game 162: Yankees at Red Sox10.03.10

YANKEES (95-66)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames LF
Ramiro Pena 2B

RHP Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.77)
Moseley vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (88-73)
Eric Patterson 2B
Jed Lowrie SS
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Bill Hall 3B
Ryan Kalish CF
Jason Varitek C
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B

RHP John Lackey (13-11, 4.47)
Lackey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s. Slight chance of rain. Not nearly as nice as yesterday. Hopefully not nearly as long either.

ONE AWAY: Robinson Cano has 199 hits this season. He’s one away from becoming the first Yankees second baseman with back-to-back 200-hit seasons. He would be the first second baseman in the majors to pull it off since Carlos Baerga in 1992-93.

ON THE RUN: Brett Gardner has 47 stolen bases this season. He’s tied for the fourth-most in the Majors, and it’s the ninth-highest total ever by a Yankee. Since 1945, the only Yankee who has stolen more in a season is Rickey Henderson who stole 93 in 1988, 87 in 1986 and 80 in 1995.

IT’S THE RUNS THAT MATTER: Seven Yankees have scored at least 70 runs this season (Cano, Gardner, Granderson, Jeter, Rodriguez, Swisher and Teixeira). Only the 1939 Yankees had more 70-run players in franchise history. The Yankees have five players with at least 90 runs, the most in the Majors this season.

THE OTHER GAME: The Rays and Royals begin playing at 2:10 ET.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Two-run home run by J.D. Drew. It’s 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Swisher has matched last year’s home run total with his 29th of the season. He has 39 more hits than last year, but 40 fewer walks. Of course, hits and walks only matter if they lead to runs, and Swisher has more runs and RBI than last year. It’s 2-1 Red Sox in the second.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: The Yankees took advantage of an error, got an RBI single from Rodriguez and the game is tied in the top of the third. The Rays and Royals are scoreless after one inning.

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Dustin Moseley is back out for the fifth inning with the game still tied at 2. He’s thrown 73 pitches so this is likely to be his last inning one way or another. He’s allowed two singles to the past 12 batters he’s faced, and he hasn’t walked anyone since the second hitter of the game. This could be a pretty pivotal inning for this game. The Yankees have enough reliable one-inning relievers to handle four innings. If Moseley can give the Yankees five in this situation, that’s about all they can ask.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Moseley looked like he wanted to slam his glove to the ground on that one. Jed Lowrie’s two-run home run came on Moseley’s second big mistake of the game and it’s given the Red Sox a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Bunt single for David Ortiz. He got a curtain call and the Yankees basically lost a chance to test Royce Ring one last time. Here’s Robertson. Meanwhile, the Royals have a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: An inning that started with a bunt single by David Ortiz also includes a steal of home on the back end of a double steal. There are times when games just don’t feel like they’re going to go the Yankees way. This is one of them. It’s 7-2 Red Sox after six.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Lowrie sneaks a second home run to right field and it’s 8-2 Red Sox. The Royals are holding off the Rays so far, but the Yankees aren’t doing their part.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.:There’s Cano’s 200th hit and 109th RBI. It’s 8-3 in the eighth.

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Game 109: Yankees vs. Red Sox08.07.10

YANKEES (67-41)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.19)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (63-47)
Marco Scutaro SS
Jed Lowrie 2B
David Ortiz DH
Victor Martinez C
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Bill Hall LF
Darnell McDonald CF

RHP John Lackey (10-6, 4.48)
Lackey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m. / FOX

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Bruce Dreckman

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 80s with a very light breeze blowing out.

EIGHT-INNING GAME: The Yankees are 58-0 when leading at the end of the eighth inning. That’s the best such record in the big leagues. The only other teams who are undefeated when leading at the end of the eighth are Kansas City (36-0) and Oakland (46-0).

HITTING FOR POWER: Mark Teixeira has homered in four of his past six games. Since June 26, 25 of his 42 hits have gone for extra bases (13 doubles and 12 home runs). For the year, 50 of his 107 hits have been extra-base hits.

HOME SWEET HOME: CC Sabathia is undefeated in his past 17 starts at Yankee Stadium dating back to the 2009 all-star break. In those starts he’s 12-0 with a 2.25 ERA. The Yankees have lost two of those 17 starts, but Sabathia didn’t get the decision either time.

UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: X-rays negative on Rodriguez.

UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Down in the count 3-1, Sabathia served up a solo home run to Victor Martinez to start the second inning. It’s a 1-0 Red Sox lead. Sabathia had not allowed a home run since June 3, a stretch of 80.2 innings.

UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: After the home run and back-to-back doubles, Sabathia got the bottom of the lineup in order to strand a runner and leave the second inning with the Red Sox in front 2-0.

UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Look at that. Curtis Granderson hitting the ball hard to center field. His triple off the wall has scored Lance Berkman from first and pulled the Yankees within 2-1, still with no outs in the second inning.

UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: RBI ground out by Ramiro Pena. Tied at 2.

UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Would have been an easier play if he were right-handed, but Brett Gardner made it work for a nice running catch in the left-center gap. That’s the third out of the fourth inning, still a tied game.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Three straight two-out singles have given the Yankees a 3-2 lead, with Robinson Cano driving in Nick Swisher for the go-ahead run. Runners are still at the corners for Jorge Posada.

UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Make that four straight singles. Posada gets one through the right side, still runners at the corners for Lance Berkman. Now a 4-2 lead.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: If being booed at home is part of the Yankees experience, then it took Berkman exactly a week to become a full-fledged Yankee.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Ramiro Pena’s second RBI of the game has pushed the Yankees lead to 5-2.

UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: Sabathia is through eight innings for the first time since July 1.

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