The Yankees should have depth here, but the absence of Rodriguez leaves
minor league veteran Cody Ransom in the No. 9 hole. Melky Cabrera had a big
day with two home runs Wednesday, but Brett Gardner has been ineffective so
far and Matsui is just starting to show life. For the Red Sox, Mike Lowell
has 16 RBIs in the team's 15 games, Jason Varitek (.872 OPS) has had
productive at-bats, and shortstop fill-in Nick Green has given the club
unexpected thump in the No. 9 hole. Green may or may not continue that, but
so far he's been terrific.
Mazz's Edge: Red Sox.