Here are the lineups as the Red Sox seek a sweep:
RED SOX (35-26)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01)
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI 850-AM, WCBS 880-AM
Notes: The Sox have won five straight and now have the best record in the American League. ... The Sox are 7-1 against the Yankees this season, outscoring them 52-34. The Sox have won 9 of 10, 12 of 15 and 4 of 19 in the series. ... The Sox are 12-11 at the new Yankee Stadium and have won five straight. ... The Sox have won 16 of 22 on the road. ... The Yankees have lost nine of their last 13 games at home. ... Ellsbury has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games at 21 of 55 (.382) with 12 runs scored. ... Ortiz has hit safely in eight straight at 14 of 30 with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Hes at .467/.515/.1.000 in that stretch.
The pitching matchup: Beckett has faced the Yankees twice this season. He has allowed six hits over 14 shutout innings with three walks and 19 strikeouts. ... Beckett is 12-7, 5.66 in 24 career starts against the Yankees. ... Beckett is 3-1, 4.63 in six starts at the new Yankee Stadium. ... Sabathia is 0-2 against Boston this season, allowing 16 hits and seven runs over 12.1 innings with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. ... Sabathia is 20-5, 3.14 in 37 career starts at the new Stadium.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not swept two series in New York in the same season since 1913. Thanks to Ken Davidoff of Newsday for that nugget.
Song of the Day: "One, Two, Three" by Bill Janovitz