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Yankees take 1-0 lead

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  July 25, 2008 07:59 PM

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A chopping single from Jason Giambi earned the mustachioed first baseman his 58th RBI when he scored Bobby Abreu from third base, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

After Sox starter Josh Beckett gave up Giambi's single, catcher Jason Varitek visited Beckett on the mound. There were two outs with Giambi and Rodriguez on base.

Beckett got the next batter, Robinson Cano, to pop up to end the inning.

Coming into the game, Beckett has done well at Fenway, going 5-1 with a 4.82 ERA in his last 7 starts in the ol' ballpark. He has also beaten the Yankees in all three of his starts vs. the pinstripers this year.

He allowed three runs in all of those games and struck out a combined 14 batters. He also pitched at least six innings into the game each time, and if he does that tonight we'll likely get to see the Sox emerging setup star, Justin Masterson.

Masterson threw 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts Wednesday in his first start as a reliever. It would be interesting to see what he does against the Yankees considering he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up just two runs on two hits against the Bombers on July 5.

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