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Game 120: Red Sox at Yankees

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 17, 2012 03:00 PM

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Good afternoon from the Bronx. Here's a preview of the game tonight:

RED SOX (58-61)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Aviles SS
Podsednik RF
Ciriaco 3B
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (3-3, 3.29)

YANKEES (70-48)
Jeter SS
Swisher 1B
Cano 2B
Jones RF
McGehee 3B
Granderson CF
Martin C
Nix SS
Suzuki LF
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (11-10, 4.44)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

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

Red Sox vs. Hughes: Crawford 4-21, Pedroia 5-21, Ellsbury 4-11, Gonzalez 5-11, Valencia 1-8, Punto 3-5, Salty 2-7, Ross 1-5, Aviles 0-5, Podesdnik 2-4, Ciriaco 3-3.

Yankees vs. Morales: Martin 2-7, Cano 1-6, Teixeira 0-3, Jones 2-4, Suzuki 0-4, Swisher 2-3, Grandy 1-2, Ibanez 0-1, Jeter 1-3, Nix 1-2, Stewart 0-2, Chavez 0-1, McGehee 0-1.

Stat of the Day: Red Sox designated hitters are 28 of 112 (.250) without a home run and only six RBIs in 29 games since David Ortiz went on the disabled list.

Notes: The Sox are 3-4 on a road trip that ends with three games in New York. ... The Sox start the day a whopping 12.5 games out of first place in the division. They are 6.5 games out in the wild card with 43 games left to play. ... The Sox are 3-6 against the Yankees this season, getting outscored, 67-46. ... Morales is 3-2, 3.35 in seven starts. His one start against the Yankees this season (on July 7) did not go well. He allowed six runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. Andruw Jones homered twice. Jayson Nix and Nick Swisher went deep once. Morales has a 1.86 ERA on the road this season. ... Hughes has a 3-6, 6.17 mark in 18 career appearances against the Sox, 10 of the starts. He is 1-1 this season in two starts, allowing 11 runs on 17 hits over 8.1 innings. ... Pedroia has an 11-game hit streak going. He is 19 of 43 (.442) with seven extra-base hits and 5 RBIs. ... Gonzalez is 45 of 119 (.378) in 31 games since the All-Star break with 37 RBIs. His OPS is now up to .826.Gonzalez is 15 of 37 against the Yankees this season with six extra-base hits and six RBIs in nine games. ... Ellsbury is 1 for 12 against the Yankees this season. ... Cano, who usually kills the Sox, is 8 of 38 with one RBI this season. ... Teixeira has 18 RBIs in nine games against the Sox this season. Swisher has 12 RBIs against the Sox and is 11 of 26 with six extra-base hits.

Song of the Day: "Frankie" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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