Yanks look for more distance from Sox

Yankees look for more distance from Sox

The Yankees have won eight of their last 10 games, doing so in several different ways. There have been shutouts, one-run games, comebacks and blowouts. The only common denominator? Each of those games has been played with a lineup that has been far from full strength.

New York figures to be short-handed yet again on Tuesday, as Derek Jeter is unlikely to play for the second night in a row against Boston.

Jeter suffered a bruised right thumb on Sunday when he was hit by a Rodrigo Lopez pitch in the sixth inning against the Orioles. He tested himself before batting practice on Monday, but after attempting a few throws, he retreated to the clubhouse for treatment in the trainer's room.

"I'm not counting on him for a couple of days," said manager Joe Torre. "If anyone is going to try to get in the lineup, it's going to be him. But he has to do basic things, and that's throwing the ball and being able to hold the bat.

"When you pick up a ball and can't throw it from here to the door," the manager added, "it's tough to think it's going to get that much better by [Tuesday]."

Jeter's absence didn't seem to have much of an impact on the Yankees, who slammed Josh Beckett for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings en route to a 13-5 victory. The win lifted the Yankees back into sole possession of first place in the American League East.

The Yankees had 11 hits, marking the 12th straight game in which they have reached double digits, eclipsing the franchise record of 11 set in May 1937.

Two of those hits were three-run home runs by Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi. Phillips is one of the hottest hitters in the Majors, hitting safely in seven consecutive games. In that span, he is 14-for-30 with three home runs (all in the last four days) and 11 RBIs.

"It's a lot better when you go to the plate with a swing you can compete with," Phillips said. "When you get to contribute it's a lot of fun no matter where it is and when it is."

"This kid has waited patiently in the wings for a long time," Giambi said. "He couldn't prove any more at Triple-A. I'm excited that he's up here, seizing the opportunity."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP David Pauley (0-0, 12.46 ERA)
Pauley makes his second career start, having allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays in his debut.

NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (5-2, 4.82 ERA)
Wang recorded a save on Saturday in Baltimore in his only relief outing of the season.

Player to watch
Giambi has homered in three straight games. He went 1-for-2 with three walks on Monday, giving him nine hits in his last 18 at-bats.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• WWOR Ch. 9

On radio
• WCBS 880 AM, WKDM 1380 AM (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 3-3, 4.12) vs. Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 8-2, 3.86), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Yankees (LHP Randy Johnson, 7-4, 5.33) vs. Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-7, 4.05), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (RHP Shawn Chacon, 4-1, 5.21) vs. A's (RHP Dan Haren, 4-5, 3.75), 7:05 p.m. ET

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.