These Yankees, though, they don't look quite as scary as they used to. Oh, sure, they've got 70 wins and are probably going to run us off the field using some sort of miracle magic they always seem to dredge up no matter how the lineup may appear, but with Alex Rodriguez rehabbing a broken hand and Mark Teixeira dealing with a sore wrist, they've got Andruw Jones batting fourth. And even against a left-hander that's not exactly impressive this year.
As for the Sox themselves, it's pretty typical fare. Pedro Ciriaco loyalists will be happy to see that he's playing at third tonight rather than Danny Valencia or Nick Punto. Ryan Lavarnway loyalists will be unhappy to see that moving Jacoby Ellsbury back into the field has done no good other than to help Scott Podsednik stay in the lineup as Cody Ross fills in at DH.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Derek Jeter, DH|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Nick Swisher, 1B|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Andruw Jones, RF|
|Cody Ross, DH||Casey McGehee, 3B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Curtis Granderson, CF|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Russell Martin, C|
|Scott Podsednik, RF||Jayson Nix, SS|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||Ichiro Suzuki, LF|