Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (63-78)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99)
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.14)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI, WCBS
Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Ross 6-25, Podsednik 2-14, Pedroia 2-9, Salty 2-8, Ellsbury 2-8, Ciriaco 0-7, Nava 2-5, Kalish 1-3, Aviles 1-3, Gomez 1-3, Lavarnway 1-3.
Yankees vs. Lester: Jeter 19-57, Cano 12-53, Swisher 13-41, Teixeira 12-45, Rodriguez 7-37, Jones 7-27, Suzuki 10-34, Granderson 8-28, Nix 6-19, Martin 2-11, Ibanez 4-12, McGehee 1-7, Nunez 1-6, Cervelli 1-4, Stewart 1-2, Pearce 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Lester enters the game with 1,039 career strikeouts, four shy of tying Bruce Hurst (1,043) for the most ever by a lefthander in franchise history. Lester is eighth overall.
Notes: The old rivals meet again with much on the line for the Yankees and nothing at stake for the Sox. ... The Yankees are a game ahead of the Orioles in the division and two ahead of the Rays. They have lost seven of their last 11 games and are 27-28 since the All-Star break. ... The last-place Sox, who are 16.5 games back, have lost four straight, 11 of 12 and 16 of 20. They are 23-41 since July 1. ... The Yankees lead the season series 8-4, outscoring the Sox 78-55. The Yankees are 5-1 at Fenway Park this season and have won seven of their last nine games in Boston. ... The Sox are 32-41 at home. Their last losing record at Fenway came in 1997 (39-42). ... The Sox are 1-7 in September and 20-31 against the AL East. ... Lester is 4-3, 3.70 in his last seven starts, a vast improvement from his first 21 starts (5-8, 5.49). Lester is 3-3, 4.15 in six career starts against the Yankees. He has faced them twice this season, allowing 10 earned runs over 17.1 innings. ... Kuroda is facing the Sox for the fourth time this season. He has given up nine earned runs over 21.2 innings. ... Ciriaco is 15 of 32 with four extra-base hits and seven RBIs in eight games against the Yankees this season. ... Ellsbury turned 29 today. he has hit .327 (146 for 446) in 109 career September games, the best batting average in any month of his career and the top mark among American Leaguers with at least 450 plate appearances in September since 2007.
Song of the Day: "Backs Turned Looking Down The Path" by Warren Zevon.