Game 82: Yankees at Red Sox

July 6, 2012, 7:10 p.m. ET, Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

YANKEES (49-32)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda RHP (8-7, 3.17)

RED SOX (42-40)
Daniel Nava LF
Ryan Kalish CF
David Ortiz DH
Cody Ross RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mauro Gomez 3B
Mike Aviles SS
Nick Punto 2B

Pitching: Josh Beckett RHP (4-7, 4.06)

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Angel Hernandez.

Information from the Yankees media relations department:

GO, GO CANO: 2B Robinson Cano has driven in at least one run in a career-high eight straight games…is the longest streak by a Yankee since Jorge Posada had an eight-game streak from 7/11-24/10…the last Yankee with a longer streak was Derek Jeter, who had a nine-game RBI streak from 5/23-6/2/04.
· Is riding a season-high 11-game hitting streak, batting .444 (20-for-45) with 7R, 2 doubles, 5HR, 15RBI and eight multi-hit games over the stretch.
· Has homered in nine of his last 17 contests since 6/17, batting .394 (26-for-66) with 12R, 2 doubles and 20RBI over the stretch…has hit 16HR in his last 39 games since 5/22, after hitting just 4HR total over his first 42 games this year.

DOUBLE DIP: The Yankees are scheduled to play their first day-night doubleheader of the season on Saturday at Boston…played five doubleheaders in 2011 (going 2-0-3), their most since 2006 (also five)…have gone 13-1-15 in doubleheaders since 2000, getting swept just once – on 9/17/06 vs. Boston at the original Yankee Stadium.
· Doubleheaders vs. the Red Sox: Marks the third straight season the Yankees will play at least one doubleheader against Boston…have split each of the last three DHs against Boston, winning the first game and losing the second game each time (9/28/08 and 10/2/10 at Fenway, and 9/25/11 at Yankee Stadium)…last swept the Red Sox in a DH on 8/18/06 at Fenway Park (were the first two games in a five-game series sweep).

49 AND UP: The Yankees reached the halfway point with a 49-32 record…have reached 49 wins within the team’s first 81 games of a season six times since 2000 (2002-04 and 2010-12), tied with Boston for most such seasons in the Majors over the span.


Typical Fenway game. This is what happens when you play in a PigSty Bandbox. Good to win this one.


What the hell’s wrong with Kuroda. He hasn’t pitched this bad for a long time. The heat getting to him? The Red Sox hoopla and crowd getting to him? He’s pitching really nervous. Throwing some bad pitches in the dirt. Hitting batters. Giving up the home run ball. He might be lucky to get through 2 innings at this rate.


Thought the Yankees were well on their way after that first inning, then Kuroda comes up and implodes. Unbelievable. 10 runs in the first inning. This could be a long night and a lot of runs before it’s over. Kuroda better settle down or he won’t last long. This could be a tough series given the starting rotation we’ve cobbled together.


dh great


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