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Game 145: Red Sox at Yankees

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 8, 2013 09:10 AM

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Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (87-57)
Nava RF
Gomes LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Carp 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Bradley Jr.
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (13-8 3.88).

YANKEES (75-67)
Suzuki RF
Wells DH
Soriano LF
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Reynolds 1B
Granderson CF
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99).

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, YES, TBS / WEEI, WCBS.

Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Drew 8-32, Pedroia 8-24, Ellsbury 8-23, Victorino 6-22, Nava 6-17, Salty 5-20, Carp 5-15, Ortiz 7-12, Gomes 1-10, Napoli 3-9, Berry 2-8, Lavarnway 1-8, Middlebrooks 2-7.

Yankees vs. Lester: Jeter 21-63, Cano 14-62, Wells 7-41, A-Rod 9-42, Suzuki 14-41, Granderson 9-32, Overbay 9-25, Reynolds 6-18, Gardner 2-11, Nunez 2-11, Soriano 3-9, Stewart 2-4, Adams 0-2.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 6-1 in September. They were 7-19 in September last season.

Notes: The fading Rays lost again last night, so the Red Sox are 8.5 games up in the division with 18 games to play. The Sox now have the best record in baseball and have a four-game lead on Detroit and Oakland for the best record in the American League. ... The Sox are seeking a four-game sweep, having outscored the Yankees 34-25 in the first three games. ... The Sox lead the season series 10-5 with four games to play. They have averaged 6.3 runs against the Yankees this season. ... Lester is 10-5, 4.15 in 24 career starts against the Yankees, 1-1, 4.76 in two this season. He is 5-2, 2.41 in nine starts since the All-Star break. ... Kuroda is 0-3, 7.43 in his last four starts this season and 1-3, 4.66 in four starts against the Sox this season. ... The Yankees are 24-23 since the All-Star break but still only 2.5 games out in the wild card. ... The Sox are hitting .386 with 64 hits (30 for extra bases) and 54 runs in their last four games. ... Napoli is 9 of his last 17 with four homers and nine RBIs. ... Middlebrooks is 9 of 19 in the last four games with six RBIs and three homers. ... The Sox have won five straight, eight of nine, 12 of 14 and 14 of 18.

Song of the Day: "Conquest" by The White Stripes.

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