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Game 111: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 5, 2011 03:05 PM

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The battle for first place is on. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (68-42)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C
Reddick RF
Scutaro SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)

YANKEES (68-42)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Jones LF
Martin C
Posada DH
Nunez 3B

Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLB Network / WEEI, WCBS

Notes: The Yankees arrive at Fenway having won seven straight to catch the Red Sox, who are 4-4 in their last eight. ... The Sox had been in first place alone since July 7. ... Lester is 8-1, 3.56 in 14 career starts against the Yankees. He has won five consecutive starts against New York, last losing on Sept. 25, 2009. Lester has allowed seven runs in 12 innings against the Yankees this season. ... Colon is 8-11, 4.09 in 24 career appearances against the Red Sox. He has allowed three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings against the Sox this season. He started against them May 13, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings with three walks and four strikeouts ... Gonzalez has hit safely in 14 straight games at 28 of 58 (.483) with 13 RBIs. ... Ellsbury has reached base safely in 17 straight games. ... The Sox are 59-0 when leading after eight innings and 58-2 when leading after seven. ... The Sox are carrying eight relievers for the series. Once Jed Lowrie comes off the DL, that is expected to change.

The rivalry renewed: The Red Sox are 8-1 against the Yankees this season, outscoring them, 60-37. The Red Sox have won seven straight against the Yankees with wins in 10 of the last 11, 13 of 16 and 15 of 20.

Red Sox vs. Colon: Ellsbury 1 for 5, Pedroia 0 for 4, Gonzalez 4 for 13, Youkilis 0 for 6, Ortiz 5 for 43, Crawford 6 for 34, Saltalamacchia 2 for 7, Reddick 0 for 0, Scutaro 6 for 23.

Yankees vs. Lester: Gardner 1 for 6, Jeter 14 for 42, Teixeira 8 for 32, Cano 9 for 37, Swisher 6 for 30, Chavez 0 for 0, Posada 6 for 23, Martin 1 for 2, Nunez 0 for 3.

Stat of the Day: Counting the postseason, the teams have played 190 games the last 10 seasons. The Red Sox are up, 96-94, and have outscored the Yankees 1,043-1,004. The average score has been Red Sox 5.4, Yankees 5.2.

Song of the Day: "Evenflow" by Pearl Jam.

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