Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (58-62)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (6-10, 5.20)
Pitching: RHP David Phelps (3-3, 2.53)
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, WCBS
Red Sox vs. Phelps: Aviles 1-3, Gonzalez 0-3, Pedroia 1-3, Ross 1-3, Salty 2-2, Ciriaco 0-1.
Yankees vs. Lester: Jeter 19-55, Cano 12-50, Teixeira 12-45. Swisher 11-38, Jones 7-24, Suzuki 9-31, Granderson 6-26, Nix 6-16, Martin 2-8, Ibanez 4-12, McGehee 1-4, Stewart 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Of the Red Sox' 62 losses, 31 have been by one run (14) or two (17).
Notes: The Red Sox are 13.5 games out of first place, matching their largest deficit of the season. They have not been further behind since Sept. 19, 2001 when they were 14 games out. ... The Sox have lost seven of 10 and are 3-5 on a road trip that has two games left. ... Lester is coming off a dominating effort against Cleveland (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K). He has faced the Yankees twice this season and allowed eight earned runs on 13 hits over 10.1 innings. Lester hasn't won consecutive games since May 14 and 19. ... Phelps, a 25-year-old rookie, has faced the Sox twice in relief this season, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. He has appeared in 23 games this season and this will be his fifth start. ... The Sox are 3-7 against the Yankees this season and 4-10 going back to last season. ... Pedroia has hit safely in 12 consecutive games at 20 of 47 (.425) with eight extra-base hits and eight RBIs. He is 6 of 17 with four extra-base and four RBIs in four games since being accused by Yahoo! Sports of organizing a meeting to complain about manager Bobby Valentine. ... The Sox, believe it or not, are third in the majors with 587 runs. Only the Rangers (594) and Yankees (592) have more.
Song of the Day: "Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills and Nash.