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* Records: Boston is 9-6 (second in the American League East); New York is 8-8 (third in the AL East).Pitching matchups

* Tonight (7:05, Ch. 38 or NESN, WEEI 850): RHP Derek Lowe (1-1, 9.35 ERA) vs. RHP Jose Contreras (0-1, 9.39 ERA).

* Tomorrow (1:05 p.m., NESN, WEEI 850): RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-1, 7.11) vs. RHP Kevin Brown (3-0, 2.33).

* Sunday (1:05 p.m., NESN, WEEI 850): RHP Pedro Martinez (2-1, 3.86) vs. TBA.

* Head to head: The Red Sox lead the season series, 3-1.

* Miscellany: Reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriquez had one hit in last weekend's four-game series against the Sox. Against everyone else, he's hitting .261 . . . On the other hand, Hideki Matsui hit .538 in last weekend's series, and is hitting .195 against other opponents . . . Catcher Jorge Posada is tied for the league lead in home runs with seven . . . Brown is tied for the league lead in wins . . . Righthanded pitcher Jorge De Paula had elbow ligament replacement surgery yesterday and will miss the remainder of the season. De Paula pitched in three games this season, starting one and going 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA.

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