The old rivals meet again. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (84-68)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)
Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLBN / WEEI, WCBS
State of the 'stripes: The Yankees start the day a half-game ahead of Tamp Bay in the A: East and a half-game behind Minnesota for the best record in the AL.
Season series: The Yankees have won seven of the 12 games between the teams, outscoring the Sox 76-57. The teams end the season with three games at Fenway starting next Friday.
Not so great of late: The Yankees have lost 11 of their last 17 games. The Red Sox have lost 13 of their last 23.
Running in place: The Yankees are 26-24 since Aug. 1, the Red Sox 25-23.
Josh on the job: Beckett is 0-2, 11.17 in four starts against the Yankees this season, allowing 33 hits and 24 earned runs in 19.1 innings.
Tune-up time: Pettitte will be making his second start since spending two months on the disabled with a groin strain. He allowed one run in six innings in his first start. Pettitte has not faced the Red Sox since April 7 when he allowed one run in six innings.
Papi vs. Pettitte: David Ortiz is 20 of 57 (.351) against Pettitte in his career with eight walks and 14 strikeouts.
A Bronx tale: Ortiz is 8 of 23 at the new Stadium this season with two homers.
Salary drive: Victor Martinez is hitting .321 this month with 11 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs in 20 games. He has hit safely in the last eight games at 14 of 33 (.424) with six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs.
Other stuff: The Sox need one more home run to become the eighth team in franchise history with 200. ... The Yankees lead baseball with 813 runs, the Sox are second with 772. The Sox are first with a .790 OPS, the Yankees are second at .788. ... Nick Swisher is 83 of 240 (.346) with runners on base. ... Derek Jeter has hit safely in 12 straight.
On the iPod right now: Incident On 57th Street by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Live at the Meadowlands on Oct. 10, 2007. Bruce turned 61 yesterday, by the way.
Back with more later including a live in-game blog.