NEW YORK -- Now that we're into September, the Boston Red Sox know their season will end this month.
Is this the week the New York Yankees will realize theirs will, too?
If Tuesday night is any indication, it will be. The Yankees opened their desperation, nine-game homestand with a 9-4 loss to the last-place Red Sox, taking another day off the schedule and putting another game the Yankees needed to win into the loss column instead.
The Yankees had their usual share of disappointment (and anger) at the plate, but they lost this one because rookie starting pitcher Shane Greene had his worst start of the season. Greene allowed six runs and didn't make it out of the third inning.
The Yankees fell to 70-66, with now just 26 games on the schedule and still plenty of ground to make up.
On further review, Jeter gets a hit: Derek Jeter can thank the replay review system for his 3,446th career hit. He was initially called out by Tim Welke on his bases-loaded, slow roller to short in the fifth inning. Manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, the replay showed Jeter was clearly safe and he got credit for a hit and also for his first RBI in six days.
Greene going, going, gone early: Greene's 10th Yankees start was easily his worst of the season. He never looked comfortable, but the Red Sox hitters sure did. Their six hits against him included home runs by Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts, and Greene was gone before the end of the third inning.
Greene was just the third Yankees starter this season to get such an early shower. The other two were Michael Pineda on the April night he was ejected in the pine-tar game at Fenway Park, and David Phelps on the August night (also at Fenway) he left after two innings with an elbow injury that sent him to the disabled list.
Gardner gone early, too: Brett Gardner said he didn't consider it a big deal to be batting third and didn't plan to do anything different. Perhaps not, but Gardner went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first-ever start in the 3-hole, and when he went ballistic arguing the questionable third strike his third time up, he was quickly ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons.
McCann goes yard: With the Yankees trailing 9-3 in the ninth, Brian McCann smacked a homer to right field for his 16th of the season, 14th at Yankee Stadium.
Booooo: The crowd at Yankee Stadium was small by recent Yankee-Red Sox standards, but it wasn't quiet. Greene heard loud boos through the four-run third inning, and Prado and Carlos Beltran heard boos when the Yankees ran themselves into an out on the bases in the fifth.
With Beltran on second base and McCann on first, Prado hit a fly ball to left field. It looked like Yoenis Cespedes might catch it, so Beltran held up and was unable to score when the ball wasn't caught. Prado assumed he had a double, but when he arrived at second base, McCann was standing there.
Meet the 33rd pitcher: Chaz Roe pitched the ninth inning for the Yankees, becoming the 33rd pitcher used this season, extending a team record.
What's next: Hiroki Kuroda, who had a much better August at age 39 than he did last year at age 38, starts for the Yankees in the second game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night. New Jersey-born right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (3-0, 4.50), who won his major league debut on Aug. 1 against the Yankees at Fenway Park, makes his fourth big league start for the Red Sox.