Good afternoon. Here is a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (43-42)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33)
Pitching: RHP Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05)
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN / WEEI, WCBS
Lester vs. Yankees: Jeter 17-49, Cano 12-45, Swisher 10-36, Teixeira 9-39, Rodriguez 6-34, Jones 6-19, Granderson 5-21, Nix 4-12, Ibanez 4-12, Martin 2-7.
Nova vs. Red Sox: Ortiz 3-11, Gonzalez 0-8, Aviles 2-6, Salty 0-5, Nava 1-3, Shoppach 0-3, Ross 1-2, Punto 1-1.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have allowed 12 runs in the first inning of the first three games of the series. Red Sox pitchers have a 6.59 ERA in the first inning this season, well above the league average of 4.61. But Lester has a solid 2.12 ERA in the first inning.
Notes: The Sox and Yankees go at it again before the All-Star break. The Sox are 8.5 games out in the division, but 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot with 77 games left to play. ... Lester is 8-3, 4.15 in 17 career starts against the Yankees. He had a 6.66 ERA in five starts against the Yankees last season. ... Nova is 1-2, 5.70 against the Sox in his career in five games, four starts. He faced them April 20 at Fenway and allowed two runs over six innings. ... Gonzalez has hit safely in 18 consecutive games (a career best) at 29 of 77 (.377) with six extra-base hits and nine RBIs. It is the longest active streak in the majors. ... The teams have combined for 39 runs in the three games in the series so far. ... The Yankees lead the season series 4-1 and have outscored the Sox 42-29. ... Ortiz has reached base in 11 of his 14 plate appearances in the series (six hits, five walks). He has hit safely in six straight games. ... Pedro Ciriaco and Mauro Gomez were 7 for 9 with four doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored on Saturday night. ... Cano has hit in 14 straight at .404 with 16 RBIs and nine extra-base hits. ... The Yankees have won 20 of their last 28 games and have the best record in the majors.
Song of the Day: "Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance" by Bob Dylan.