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Game 3: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 7, 2010 02:52 PM

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Here are the lineups:

Yankees_logo.jpgYANKEES (1-1)
Jeter SS
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Granderson CF
Swisher RF
Gardner LF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte.

Red Sox Socks Logo.jpgRED SOX (1-1)
Ellsbury LF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Cameron CF
Scutaro SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey.

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, YES, ESPN2 / WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Red Sox split the first two games of the series, winning, 9-7, then losing, 6-4. The team is off tomorrow then starts a six-game road trip in Kansas City on Friday.

Welcome to Boston: This will be the Red Sox debut for John Lackey. He had a strong spring training, allowing three earned runs over 20 innings and walking one. Counting the playoffs, Lackey has faced the Yankees 21 times in his career, throwing 129 innings. He has a 4.26 ERA in those games.

Lackey faced the Yankees three times last season, twice in the ALCS. He had a 3.25 ERA in those games.

Decisions, decisions: Hideki Okajima got the win in the first game and the loss in the second. The last Red Sox pitcher to get decisions in the first two games of the season was Bill "Soup" Campell, who was 0-2 in 1977. Campbell was 13-9 as a reliever that season and had a 2.96 ERA over an astounding 149 innings. If a manager threw a reliever 149 innings now, somebody would get sued.

Nine ball: Kevin Youkilis has hit in nine straight games dating back to last season.

To the Victor: Victor Martinez has 11 home runs against the Yankees in his career, the third-most against any opponent. He has 16 against the Tigers and 13 against the Twins.

Oh no Cano: Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has hit safely in 13 straight games against the Red Sox at 22 of 55 (.400) with three homers and seven RBIs.

Best ever: Mariano Rivera has converted 60 of his last 64 save chances on the road and has allowed seven earned runs in 56 road games dating to the start of the 2008 season.

They meet again: Pettitte will be making his 35th career regular-season start against the Red Sox, the most for a Yankee since Mel Stottlemyre made 36 against the Red Sox from 1964-74.

Counting the postseason, Pettitte is 20-9 with 3.74 ERA in 39 career appearances against the Red Sox. He has thrown 233.1 innings against Boston in his career.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Clay Buchholz is just finishing up a simulated game. He is throwing three innings to Bill Hall, Jeremy Hermida, and Jason Varitek.

Buchholz will make his first start of the season Sunday in Kansas City.

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