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Games 158-159: Red Sox at Yankees

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 25, 2011 09:50 AM

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Here are the lineups:

GAME ONE
RED SOX (88-69)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Jackson RF
Scutaro SS
Saltalamacchia C
Aviles 3B
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08)

YANKEES (96-61)
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Jones LF
Martin C
Dickerson RF
Laird 1B
Pena 2B
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.28)

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, TBS, YES / WEEI, WCBS

GAME 2
RHP John Lackey (12-12, 6.49) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62)

Game time: 6:30 p.m.

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

Notes: The Sox start the day with a 1.5 game lead on the Rays in the American League wild card race. ... The Sox have lost three straight, six of seven and 15 of 19. They are 5-17 in September. ... The Yankees are 18-10 in a stretch that will see them play 33 games in 32 days. ... The Sox are 12-4 against the Yankees this season but have lost three of the last four meetings. ... Red Sox starters are 3-10 with a 7.34 ERA in the last 19 games. ... In September, Red Sox starters have lasted five or less innings in 12 of 22 games and less than five in 10 of 22. ... Burnett is winless in his last 10 starts against the Sox, going 0-4 with a 7.55 ERA. In two starts this season he has allowed nine earned runs over 11 innings. ... Wakefield will pitching in his 627th and perhaps last game. He is 1-3, 5.55 in his last eight starts. Wakefield is 12-17, 4.98 in 57 career appearances against the Yankees. ... Nova is 0-2 in three career appearances against the Sox. He last faced them on April 9. ... Lackey is 0-3, 9.12 in his last five starts. Lackey is one of 16 pitchers in history to throw at least 150 innings and have an ERA of 6.49 or higher in a single season. The last was Jose Lima (6.99) in 2005. ... Ellsbury starts the day needing two homers to become a 30/30 player and two RBIs from 100. ... Crawford has hit safey in 16 of 20 games at .307 (23 of 75). ... Ortiz starts the day with 29 homers and 96 RBIs.

Stat of the Day: The Sox were 55-35 at the All-Star break, having won six straight and 10 of 11 games. They are 33-34 since. They went from leading the Yankees by one game to now being eight back.

Song of the Day: "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day.

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