Good afternoon. Here is a preview of the game tonight:
RED SOX (43-42)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33)
Pitching: RHP Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05)
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN / WEEI, WCBS
Lester vs. Yankees: Jeter 17-49, Cano 12-45, Swisher 10-36, Teixeira 9-39, Rodriguez 6-34, Jones 6-19, Granderson 5-21, Nix 4-12, Ibanez 4-12, Martin 2-7.
Nova vs. Red Sox: Ortiz 3-11, Gonzalez 0-8, Aviles 2-6, Salty 0-5, Nava 1-3, Shoppach 0-3, Ross 1-2, Punto 1-1.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have allowed 12 runs in the first inning of the first three games of the series. Red Sox pitchers have a 6.59 ERA in the first inning this season, well above the league average of 4.61. But Lester has a solid 2.12 ERA in the first inning.
Notes: The Sox and Yankees go at it again before the All-Star break. The Sox are 8.5 games out in the division, but 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot with 77 games left to play. … Lester is 8-3, 4.15 in 17 career starts against the Yankees. He had a 6.66 ERA in five starts against the Yankees last season. … Nova is 1-2, 5.70 against the Sox in his career in five games, four starts. He faced them April 20 at Fenway and allowed two runs over six innings. … Gonzalez has hit safely in 18 consecutive games (a career best) at 29 of 77 (.377) with six extra-base hits and nine RBIs. It is the longest active streak in the majors. … The teams have combined for 39 runs in the three games in the series so far. … The Yankees lead the season series 4-1 and have outscored the Sox 42-29. … Ortiz has reached base in 11 of his 14 plate appearances in the series (six hits, five walks). He has hit safely in six straight games. … Pedro Ciriaco and Mauro Gomez were 7 for 9 with four doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored on Saturday night. … Cano has hit in 14 straight at .404 with 16 RBIs and nine extra-base hits. … The Yankees have won 20 of their last 28 games and have the best record in the majors.
Song of the Day: “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance” by Bob Dylan.