Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (59-39)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-6, 2.78).
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 2.65).
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, WCBS.
Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Victorino 5-19, Pedroia 8-18, Ellsbury 5-16, Nava 4-12, Salty 4-14, Napoli 3-9, Carp 2-9, Gomes 0-8, Lavarnway 1-8, Ortiz 4-6, Iglesias 2-6.
Yankees vs. Lackey: Suzuki 31-102, Cano 14-54, Wells 7-37, Hafner 6-31, Overbay 6-21, Gardner 6-21, Nunez 0-3, Romine 1-2.
Stat of the Day: Lackey has faced Ichiro 108 times in his career. That’s the most he has faced any hitter and the most Ichiro has faced any pitcher. Ichiro has hit .304 against Lackey. His career average against other pitchers is .321.
Notes: The Red Sox are 5-2 against the Yankees this season, outscoring them 36-17. … Lackey is 6-2, 2.32 in his last 11 starts. Twelve of his 16 starts this season have been quality starts and he has allowed two or less runs in 12 starts this season. … Lackey is 8-9, 4.68 in 23 career starts against the Yankees, 3-2, 4.74 in seven starts against the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox. … Lackey last faced the Yankees on Sept. 25, 2011, his last start before having Tommy John surgery. Pitching with what doctors later told him was a torn ligament in his elbow, he allowed three earned runs over six innings. … Kuroda is 2-3, 3.88 in eight career starts against the Red Sox. In two starts this season he has allowed five earned runs on 12 hits over 6.2 innings. … Kuroda is riding a string of 12 consecutive scoreless innings. … After going 314 at-bats without a home run, Ellsbury has three in his last 38. … Cano has a 10-game hit streak. … The Yankees are 21-27 since May 26. … Nava has 26 RBIs in the seventh inning or later, tied with Chris Davis (Orioles) for the most in the majors.
Song of the Day: “Back In The High Life Again” by Steve Winwood.