Game 28: Yankees at Red Sox • 05.07.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Randy Winn LF
RHP Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44)
Career vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (15-14)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Joe West (kidding) HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Mike Everitt
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the 60s throughout the game and there’s almost no chance of rain. It’s a pretty nice night here at Fenway.
ALONE IN SECOND: When Derek Jeter leads off tonight’s game, it will be his 2,164th game with the Yankees, moving him past Lou Gerhig for second place on the Yankees all-time games played list.
TIED FOR SEVENTH: Alex Rodriguez’s next home run will move him into a tie with Frank Robinson for seventh place on baseball’s all-time home runs list. He currently sits at 585.
NEW SORT OF STREAK: The Yankees had three saves in their past three games, two by Joba Chamberlain and one by Alfredo Aceves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time since 2002 that the Yankees have had three straight saves none of which were recorded by Mariano Rivera (the last time, Steve Karsay got two saves and Mike Stanton got one).
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Maybe all Francisco Cervelli needed in the minor leagues was one of those big Gazoo helmets. The guy can’t stop hitting in the major leagues.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: That’s Nick Swisher’s sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot for a 3-0 Yankees lead. I realize six homers isn’t out of this world a month into the season, but I honestly didn’t realize Swisher had that many. I think I would have guessed four.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: If Hughes can keep this a one-run inning, he’ll still be in good shape. It’s 3-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Marcus Thames pinch hitting for Nick Johnson against a right-handed pitcher in the fifth inning? There’s no way this is good news.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Still no word on Johnson, but Hughes continues to get big outs when he really needs them. Nice job stranding two that inning. Still a two-run Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Fastball to the inside of the knee. Robinson Cano stays in the game but you could hear him yell all the way up in the press box. And we’re way up here in Boston.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Somebody get Kevin Russo or Eduardo Nunez on the phone. Cano just took himself out of the game and Pena is in as a pinch runner. With Golson having been sent down, the Yankees are down to a one-man bench of Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Nick Johnson is out with soreness in his right wrist.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: It almost cost Cervelli his oversized helmet, but he got an RBI on that bases-loaded walk, then Randy Winn followed with a clean single to left, bringing in one more run. It’s now 5-1 Yankees with one out in the sixth. Bases still loaded.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Obviously Beckett isn’t trying to hit anyone in that situation, but CC Sabathia was irate on the Yankees bench. He was standing on the top step, screaming. Joe Girardi had to go calm him down. Add an infield single and Winn avoiding a tag at third and it’s now 7-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: An absolute and total meltdown from Josh Beckett is complete. He’s coming off the field after five straight batters reached base with the bases loaded. One walk, one hit batter and three singles. It’s 8-1 Yankees, bases still loaded with one out in the sixth. Okajima in to pitch.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Four hours ago, Ramiro Pena was a pinch runner in this inning. Now he’s struck out to end it. That’s a six-run inning for the Yankees, giving them a 9-1 lead and leaving Beckett looking completely lost on the mound.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: In case you’re wondering where exactly Cano was hit by the pitch, here’s the Associated Press evidence.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: It would appear that Beckett also knocked his own player out of the game. Varitek was hit by a pitch last inning, now he’s out of the game and Victor Martinez is catching.
Notes from Friday • 04.02.10
After being rained out twice and forced into an intrasquad game once, Andy Pettitte got Dave Eiland’s forecast for Friday’s game well ahead of time. “Dave told me several days ago there was a zero percent chance (of rain),” Pettitte said. “I was still waiting for a black cloud to move in, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky today.”
Pettitte pitched well in only his second full start of the spring. He pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits but consistently stranding the base runners. Only one of the seven hits went for extra bases. He also walked one and struck out one.
“”I felt like my command maybe could have been a little bit better with my fastball,” Pettitte said. “Other than that I felt really good. I did get a little tired there at the end which I knew was going to happen because even though I threw 100 pitched my last time out, you just can’t simulate the adrenalin and having batters in there… The biggest reason I needed it was to build my stamina up, because you can’t build your stamina up in simulated games because it’s just not real.”
Here’s the Joe Girardi audio from this afternoon. He talked mostly about the series of injuries that have hit his team in the last week of spring training.
• After Mariano Rivera hit Felix Pie with a pitch, Girardi ran to the mound to check on his closer. Rivera said it was because he’s been sick and Girardi was checking on him, but Rivera might have simply been being polite, not wanting to call out the Orioles’ bench. “Something (was said) from their dugout,” Girardi said. “He just walked off the mound, got back on the mound… It might have been in response to my frustration the other day. It’s okay.” You might remember that Girardi got upset with the Orioles when Jeremy Guthrie hit two Yankees on Monday.
• Royce Ring was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving only Boone Logan competing to be a second lefty in the Yankees bullpen. Turns out, Zack Segovia was sent down yesterday.
• Alex Rodriguez confirmed a Daily News story that he has already met with investigators from Major League Baseball concerning his connection to Dr. Tony Galea.
• Forgot to mention this earlier: Damaso Marte said his current shoulder injury is nothing like last year’s, and might actually have been caused by his exercises that were intended to strengthen his shoulder. “Maybe too much workout for my shoulder,” Marte said. “I’ve been working hard this month on my shoulder. I never felt like this. This is new.”
• Nice job by minor leaguer Josh Schmidt to get out of a jam and strand two runners for Pettitte in the fifth. Schmidt had terrific numbers in Double-A last season and had a great winter in Venezuela, but his raw stuff has never wowed scouts.
• Nick Swisher hit his second spring home run today and will finish with a .313 Grapefruit League batting average. He’s made some adjustments that he’s hoping will lead to a higher batting average this season.
• Catcher Mike Rivera played in a game for the first time since March 20.
• The Yankees will play a group of organizational, minor league all-stars tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Javier Vazquez will start for the Yankees and most of their regulars will be in the lineup, though they aren’t expected to play very long (especially given the injury bug that’s floating through camp). There’s still no word on which minor leaguers will be involved.
Those are obviously Associated Press photos.