Game 96: Let’s try not to get blown out tonight, okay?

Greetings from the non-air conditioned lair of your brace wearing, supreme bloggess. (See what the heat is doing to me? I think I’m a character in a sci-fi show. Though, if I were a character in a sci-fi movie, I doubt I’d be having carpal tunnel problems…)

So it’s 96th game of the season (where did the time go?), the first game after the All-Star break and where do the Yankees have to try and right their rapidly sinking ship? Fenway Park.

Yeah.

Andy Pettitte gets the start for the Yankees. He’s 7-6 with a 4.39 ERA and he gets to face the best team in the American League East.

Lucky him.

Here’s Boston’s lineup:
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Saltalamacchia C
Snyder 3B
Iglesias SS

Felix Doubront gets the start for the Red Sox. He’s 6-3 on the year and has a 3.91 ERA.

Here’s the Yankees lineup:
Gardner CF
Suzuki RF
Cano 2B
Wells DH
Almonte LF
Overbay 1B
Lillibridge 3B
Nunez SS
Stewart C

In case you missed the news, Derek Jeter was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 12 so he’s eligible to come back, if all goes well, by July 28 and the Yankees called up Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge is the seventh different starting third baseman this season. That’s the most since 1996.

Here’s a list of the guys who played third base at one point or another in 1996:
Andy Fox
Wade Boggs
Charlie Hayes
Jim Leyritz
Luis Sojo
Tim McIntosh
Matt Howard
Robert Eenhoorn

That’s from Baseball Reference. So I’m assuming someone in this list didn’t start at third because there’s eight guys and the stat said seven.

Anywho, go Yankees. Try not to lose by 15 runs.

UPDATE: The Yankees released Brennan Boesch.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.