Game 32: Yankees at Red Sox

It’s the final game of the series as the Red Sox try and avert a sweep. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (15-16)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Drew RF
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
McDonald CF

PitchIng: LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93).

YANKEES (21-8)
Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Thames LF
Cervelli C
Gardner CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99).

Game time: 8:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN / WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Sox are 7.5 games out of first place and have lost the first two games of the series by a combined score of 24-6. They are 6-12 against the AL East.

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State of the Stripes: The Yankees have won six straight and nine of their last 10. They start the day a half-game out of first place.

Rivalry reversal: The Red Sox started out last season with eight straight victories against the Yankees. They are 2-13 since.

Day daze: The Sox are 2-7 in day games.

Series of wins: The Yankees have won nine of their first 10 series this season. That’s the best start since the 1928 team won 11 of the first 12.

Bad move: Mark Teixeira is 31 of 96 (.323) with nine homers and 21 RBI in 23 games against the Red Sox since he signed with the Yankees.

Is this is a bad sign? Because it seems like a bad sign: The Red Sox are 1-8 against the Yankees and Rays and have been outscored by 35 runs in those nine games.

We’re all counting on you: Lester is 2-0 with an 0.44 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed one earned run on 10 hits while string out 23 in 20.2 innings.

How bad could Alan Embre have been? Scott Schoeneweis has allowed 18 hits and 10 walks over 12.1 innings.

Hot hitters: Marco Scutaro has hit safely in 11 of 12 games. … J.D. Drew is 15 of 33.

Win prevention: Adrian Beltre has six errors in his last 16 games.

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Pitching problems: The pitching line in this series so far for the Red So is …

18 innings
28 hits
24 runs
24 earned runs
13 walks
13 strikeouts
4 home runs

They meet again: Burnett and Lester matched up in the second game of the season. The Yankees won 6-4 and neither starter had a decision. Burnett went five innings, allowing four runs, three earned. Lester went five innings allowing four earned.

On the iPod right now: One More Road To Cross by DMX.

Back with more later on including a live blogs once the game starts.

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