Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff September 5, 2013 02:30 PM
Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (84-57)
Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91).
Pitching: RHP Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88).
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLB Network / WEEI, WCBS.
Red Sox vs. Nova: Ortiz 4-13, Pedroia 4-8, Salty 0-8, Nava 1-6, Carp 1-3, Ellsbury 0-5, McDonald 0-4, Napoli 0-2, Drew 2-2.
Yankees vs. Peavy: Soriano 9-32, Suzuki 8-25, Reynolds 3-20, Granderson 4-14, Jeter 0-8, Overbay 1-7, Cano 4-9, Rodriguez 1-6, Wells 1-6, Gardner 1-4, Nunez 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Since the start of 2002 season (when the current ownership group took over), the Red Sox and Yankees have played 229 games, including the postseason. The Yankees lead the series 117-112 but the Red Sox have outscored the Yankees 1,212-1,211.
Notes: The Sox have won five of six and nine of 11 games and are 5.5 games up in the division with 21 games to play. ... Those pesky Yankees are in third place, eight games out with seven games left play against the Sox. They have won three straight and five of six. ... The Sox lead the season series 7-5, outscoring the Yankees 61-49. ... Peavy is 3-1, 3.18 in six starts with the Sox, who are 3-3 in those games. He has allowed six earned runs in his last 27.2 innings. Peavy is 0-4, 3.96 in four career starts against the Yankees, the last coming on June 30, 2012 when he was with the White Sox. ... Nova was 4-0, 2.08 in six August starts with the Yankees winning all six of those games. That dropped his ERA from 3.41 to 2.88. Nova is facing the Sox for the first time since July 8, 2012. He is 2-2, 4.85 in six career appearances against the Sox. ... Ortiz has 427 home runs, tied with Mike Piazza for 46th place all-time. He could catch Cal Ripken Jr. (431) before the season ends. ... Lyle Overbay, who was in spring training with the Red Sox before being released and signing with the Yankes, is 10 for 29 with four doubles and four RBIs against them this season. ... The Sox are 24 of 24 on stolen bases since Aug. 9. ... Napoli is 11 of his last 31 with three doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in nine games. ... Lavarnway is 10 of his last 22 in the majors three extra-base hits and six RBIs. ... Middlebrooks hit .192/.228/.389 before he was sent to Triple A Pawtucket. He has hit .343/.413/.529 since returning. ... The Yankees have won nine of their last 10 home games and are 5-1 on their current homestand. ... Sox closer Koji Uehara has a 1.16 ERA, an 0.61 WHIP and is averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has a 2.06 ERA, an 1.11 WHIP and is averaging 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
Song of the Day: "Southern Man" by Neil Young.
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