Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (69-90)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-7, 4.22)
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (14-6, 3.42)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES / WEEI, WCBS
Red Sox vs. Sabathia: Pedroia 11-43, Ellsbury 6-28, Aviles 6-16, Podsednik 2-13, Salty 3-12, Valencia 3-10, Loney 1-6, Ross 1-4, Ciriaco 2-3, Nava 1-3, Quiroz 0-3.
Yankees vs. Buchholz: Jeter 6-22, Rodriguez 9-22, Cano 10-23, Swisher 4-14, Granderson 1-14, Teixeira 4-18, Gardner 2-11, Martin 3-11, Cervelli 3-6, Ibanez 1-6, Nix 0-5, Suzuki 1-6, Chavez 4-5, Jones 1-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 23 games out of first place, their furthest back since the end of the 1992 season. They haven’t been 24 games out since Sept. 22, 1969.
Notes: The Yankees start the day tied with the Orioles for first place in the division with three games to play. The O’s are in Tampa. If the teams tie, they would play a one-game playoff in Baltimore on Thursday to determine the division winner. The loser would then host a one-game wildcard series on Friday, most likely against Oakland. … The Yankees have won 11 of 15 but are 4-4 in their last eight. … The Sox have lost five straight and 9 of 10. … Sabathia is 1-4, 6.81 in five starts against the Red Sox the last two seasons. He faced them on July 28 and allowed six runs on eight hits over six innings. … Buchholz has faced the Yankees once this season, back on April 26. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits over six innings. Five of the hits were home runs. Buchholz is 2-4, 5.84 in eight career starts against the Yankees but 2-1, 3.10 in three starts at Yankee Stadium. Buchholz is making his career-high 29th start. … Ciriaco is 18 of 42 (.429) in 11 games against the Yankees this season with 11 runs scored, seven RBIs and four stolen bases. … Ross has a 1.032 OPS against lefties, second in the AL. … Teixeira, who is back from injury, has 18 RBIs and seven extra-base hits in nine games against the Red Sox this season.
Song of the Day: “A Get Together To Tear It Apart” by The Hives.