Good afternoon from the Bronx. Here's a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (49-50)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.50)
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network, YES / WEEI, WCBS
Red Sox vs. Hughes: Crawford 3-18, Pedroia 4-18, Ellsbury 4-9, Gonzalez 4-8, Punto 3-5, Sweeney 0-6, Nava 1-4, Saltalamacchia 1-4, Ciriaco 3-3, Ross 0-2, Shoppach 0-3, Aviles 0-2.
Yankees vs. Cook: Martin 1-18, Ibanez 6-13, Jones 2-12, Swisher 3-8, Teixeira 2-8, Suzuki 1-4, Cano 0-3, Chavez 0-2, Granderson 2-3, Stewart 1-1.
Stat of the Day: In a non-strike year, this is the latest in a season the Red Sox have played the Yankees in the Bronx. Starting tonight, nine of their 63 remaining games will be at Yankee Stadium.
Notes: The slip, sliding away Sox have lost five of six and 13 of their last 20. They start the day 10.5 games out first place and 4.5 games behind in the wild card. ... The Sox are 6-7 since the break. ... The Sox are hitting .218/.254/.337 in their last six games with 17 runs scored and only nine walks. Guess that proves how valuable David Ortiz is to the operation. ... The Sox are 1-5 against the Yankees this season, getting outscored 49-32. They have lost eight of 10 overall against their rivals. ... Cook faced the Yankees last June 25 while with the Rockies. He allowed six runs (five earned) on 12 hits over 5.2 innings. He is 2-2, 2.16 in his last five starts this season. ... Hughes is 2-6, 6.49 in 17 career games (nine starts) against the Sox. He faced them on July 7 and allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in 5.1 innings in a game the Red Sox won, 9-5. ... The Red Sox are 14-13 at new Yankee Stadium, 7-2 last season. ... The Yankees have been in first place 45 straight days, their longest streak since being in first for the final 77 days of the 2009 season. ... Crawford is 7 of 32 since coming off the DL and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. ... The Sox are 16-23 against teams in the AL East. ... Bobby Valentine is managing his first game in the Bronx since June 20, 2002. The Yankees beat his Mets 8-0 behind Andy Pettitte. Jeter had two hits. ... The Yankees have scored four or more runs 67 times and are 54-13 in those games. ... The Sox are 25-34 in games decided by three or less runs. ... Ryan Sweeney is 2 of his last 24. ... Middlebrooks has 12 home runs, the most for a Red Sox rookie since Shea Hillenbrand had 12 in 2001.
Song of the Day: "Waiting For The End Of The World" by Elvis Costello.