Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (59-62)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-10, 5.19)
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 3.06)
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN / WEEI, WCBS
Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Gonzalez 10-29, Ross 6-25, Podsednik 2-11, Pedroia 2-6, Salty 1-5, Ciriaco 0-4, Ellsbury 2-4, Aviles 1-3, Crawford 1-3, Gomez 1-3, Punto 1-3.
Yankees vs. Beckett: Jeter 29-92, Cano 24-73, Teixeira 10-52, Swisher 10-46, Granderson 10-36, Jones 10-37, Suzuki 10-36, Chavez 4-17, Ibanez 4-17, Martin 2-9, Nix 1-8.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 17-15 at the new Yankee Stadium. They are the only American League team with a winning record in the park.
Notes: The Sox are 4-5 on a tumultuous road trip that ends tonight. They start the day 12.5 games out of first and 6.5 games behind in the wild card with 41 games left to play. ... Beckett is 14-7 in 28 career starts against the Yankees (albeit with a 5.52 ERA). He has faced them once this season, giving up six runs over five innings on July 6 at Fenway Park. Overall this season, Beckett is 1-4, 7.96 in his last five starts. ... Kuroda is trending up. He is 3-1, 1.44 in his last six starts. That included allowing two runs in eight innings against the Sox on July 29 at Yankee Stadium. ... Pedroia has hit safely in 13 straight at 21 of 52 with eight extra-base hits and eight RBIs. ... Ellsbury has one home run in 164 at-bats this season. He had 32 in 660 at-bats last season.
The legend of Pedro Ciriaco: The Red Sox infielder is 15 of 29 against the Yankees this season with seven RBIs in seven games. He is the first Red Sox player with multiple four-hit games against the Yankees since Wade Boggs did it three times against the Yankees in 1989...He is the first Major Leaguer with a pair of four-hit games vagainst the Yankees in a season since Chone Figgins in 2008 and is the first player on any team to do that while batting 8th or 9th in the lineup since Bostonís Doug Griffin did it twice from the 8th spot in 1973. (A note featuring Doug "Dude" Griffin. How great is that?) ... According to Elias, only two other players have recorded at least 15 hits in their first 30 AB against the Yankees during the expansion era (since 1961): Glenn Hubbard (15 H, 1988) and Howie Kendrick (15 H, 2006-2007).
Song of the Day: "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" by Marvin Gaye.