Yankees At Red Sox: Phil Hughes' Gem Helps New York Take Series Finale

With Hughes on the mound and Jeter at DH, the Yankees downed the Red Sox, 2-0.

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New York Yankees Lineup: Derek Jeter To Start At DH

Derek Jeter will be in the lineup, batting leadoff as the designated hitter, for the New York Yankees in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Jeter left the game on Wednesday night after suffering an ankle injury while attempting to beat out a double-play ground ball in the eighth inning.

The Yankees are currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the lead in the AL East standings. They will send Phil Hughes out to the mound against Boston. The Red Sox will counter with Felix Doubront.

Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Scott Podsednik, DH

James Loney, 1B

Cody Ross, RF

Daniel Nava, LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

Mike Aviles, SS

Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

Ivan De Jesus, 2B

Felix Doubront, P

Yankees

Derek Jeter, DH

Nick Swisher, RF

Alex Rodriguez, 3B

Robinson Cano, 2B

Russell Martin, C

Andruw Jones, LF

Curtis Granderson, CF

Steve Pearce, 1B

Eduardo Nunez, SS

Phil Hughes, P

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Yankees At Red Sox Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

After splitting the first two games of the series, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will wrap their three-game series Thursday night.

The Yankees' Phil Hughes will oppose Felix Doubront.

Hughes, making his 29th start of the season, has been consistently inconsistent throughout 2012. At 14-12, Hughes has not won or lost more than three consecutive starts, but has posted a decision in his last 10 starts dating back to July.

The Yankees defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday thanks to two home runs by Curtis Granderson.

The Red Sox may be without second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left midway though Wednesday's game to be with his wife, who went into labor with the family's second child.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

TV: YES, MLB Network

Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 80 62 .563 0 Won 2
New York 80 62 .563 0 Won 1
Tampa Bay 77 65 .542 3 Lost 2
Toronto 64 77 .453 15.5 Lost 2
Boston 64 79 .447 16.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.13.2012 at 9:11 AM EDT)


For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstriped Bible. For the rival's perspective during the series, visit Over The Monster.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Captain Leaves With Ankle Issue

Derek Jeter left the New York Yankees' game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park with an apparent ankle injury.

In the eighth inning, Jeter hit a ground ball off of reliever Chris Carpenter and was in the process of trying to beat out a double-play before coming up lame as he ran past the first base bag, according to Bombers Beat.

Jeter was attended to by head athletic trainer Steve Donahue and manager Joe Girardi before he walked off the field. This could be very problematic for the Yankees since Jeter already has a balky right ankle after rolling it in Tampa Bay not long ago.

With Mark Teixeira already out and a few hitters scuffling, New York can ill-afford to see another prominent players sidleined for any extended period of time.

Jayson Nix replaced Jeter at shortstop, with Casey McGehee entering the game to play third base.

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Ivan Nova Set To Start Saturday, Andy Pettitte Throws Bullpen Session At Fenway

The New York Yankees pitching rotation could add some much needed depth in the upcoming days, as reports are saying Ivan Nova and Andy Pettitte could possibly return to the rotation soon. According to manager Joe Girardi, Nova is going to replace veteran Freddy Garcia and will start Saturday, while Pettitte could return to the rotation next week if he gets clearance from his doctors.

For the past few weeks, Nova (11-7, 4.92 ERA) has been out because of shoulder soreness, while Pettitte (3-3, 3.22 ERA) has been recovering from a broken left ankle since June 27.

According to reports, Pettitte tossed "60, 65 pitches" in a simulated game at Fenway Park before Wednesday night's showdown between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. After the session, Pettitte said he'd like to return and help the Yankees win the AL East.

‘‘I did everything I needed to do. I felt good. It’s another step,’’ he said. ‘‘They felt like my stuff was great. I just don’t know what the next step is, hopefully I'll get back in the rotation. That’s what I want to do.’’

Pettitte admitted in the next few days he will make his case to the organization that he can return to the rotation, and soon.

‘‘It’s just a matter of what they’re comfortable with, with this team, knowing I can’t give you 100 pitches,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s a lot of different factors. I'm sure we'll talk about it and hopefully I can convince them. I feel great. My leg’s feeling great. Hopefully it'll be the stamina — that’s the only thing.’’

Currently, the Yankees (79-62) and Baltimore Orioles (79-62) are in a first-place tie in the AL East standings. Both New York and Baltimore hold just a two-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays (77-64) for the final AL Wild Card spot, the Oakland Athletics (81-60) currently have a hold on the first wild card spot.

For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstriped Bible. For the rival's perspective during the series, visit Over The Monster.

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MLB Standings: How Much Trouble Are The Yankees In?

After being beaten by the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, the New York Yankees once again find themselves tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East. Just how much trouble are the Yankees in with 21 games remaining in the regular season?

That, friends, is a really good question.

The Yankees are tied with the Orioles and just two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 79 62 .560 0 Won 1
New York 79 62 .560 0 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 77 64 .546 2 Lost 2
Toronto 64 76 .457 14.5 Lost 1
Boston 64 78 .450 15.5 Won 1

(updated 9.12.2012 at 7:46 AM EDT)


The Yankees led the division by 10 games near the end of June. Yet, here we are. New York is only 4-6 thus far in September, and truthfully has not played good baseball for months now. They are 32-32 since the beginning of July.

The Yankees are beaten up, with Mark Teixeira out and a host of other players -- including slugger Alex Rodriguez and star pitcher CC Sabathia, playing now but having missed significant time. The Yankees have a make-shift lineup that doesn't score consistently, a starting pitching rotation that does not have a shut down ace (Sabathia is no longer that guy) and a bullpen where setup-man David Robertson, the eighth-inning bride to closer Rafael Soriano, is 0-3 this month with an 8.44 ERA.

Baltimore is younger, healthier (even with outfielder Nick Markakis done for the year) and has gone 25-13 since the beginning of August. The Orioles show no signs of wilting.

The Rays clearly have the best starting pitching, and have gone 23-14 since the beginning of August.

The problem the Yankees have, if they don't somehow manage to win the AL East, is that the bumbling Bombers could -- stunningly -- find themselves out of the playoffs altogether.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Oakland 81 60 .574 0 Won 2
New York 79 62 .560 2 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 77 64 .546 4 Lost 2
Los Angeles 77 65 .542 4.5 Lost 2
Detroit 74 67 .524 7 Won 1
Seattle 68 74 .478 13.5 Won 1
Toronto 64 76 .457 16.5 Lost 1
Kansas City 64 77 .453 17 Won 2
Boston 64 78 .450 17.5 Won 1
Cleveland 59 83 .415 22.5 Lost 4
Minnesota 59 83 .415 22.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.12.2012 at 12:37 PM EDT)


Right now the Yankees would be the second team of the two AL wild cards if they fail to win the division, meaning they would end up in a one-game playoff with the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees have the Rays also nipping at their heels for that spot.

So, if the Yankees don't find a winning formula -- soon -- they could be headed toward what will go down as a historic collapse for the winningest franchise in sports history.

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Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Boston Walks-Off For Game 1 Win, Yanks Tied For 1st In AL East

The New York Yankees dropped their series opener against the Red Sox on Tuesday night as Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a walk-off single to right field for the 4-3 win. Jon Lester danced around seven walks in 5.1 innings as the Yankees could never quite come through with a big rally to chase the starter and put Boston away.

Captain Derek Jeter finally made Lester pay for his wildness in the sixth, when he blooped a ground-rule double to right to give the Yankees the 3-2 lead. The double scored both Curtis Granderson and Andruw Jones, but that's all the Yanks would plate on the evening.

The one-run lead didn't last long as Dustin Pedroia stepped into the box and knotted things up at 3-3 with a solo shot off Hiroki Kuroda, sending it over the monster in left. It would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth, when the Red Sox mounted a one-out rally against David Robertson. Pedro Ciriaco would start things off with a single to left. He would move to second when Mike Aviles sent a slow nubber to the hole between short and third. Jeter chased it down but there was no throw to be made. With Ciriaco on second, Ellsbury would come through as the hero on a single to Ichiro, who charged the ball but could not get the speedy Ciriaco at home.

The loss, combined with the Orioles blowout win over the Rays, evens things up again at the top of the AL East standings. David Phelps will now take the hill for the Yanks in Game 2, where he'll be opposed by Aaron Cook.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 79 62 .560 0 Won 1
New York 79 62 .560 0 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 77 64 .546 2 Lost 2
Toronto 64 76 .457 14.5 Lost 1
Boston 64 78 .450 15.5 Won 1

(updated 9.12.2012 at 7:46 AM EDT)


For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstriped Bible. For the rival's perspective during the series, visit Over The Monster.

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