The old rivals meet for the first time since May 18. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (62-47)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-5, 2.59)
Pitching: RHP Javier Vazquez (9-7, 4.61)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLBN/WEEI, WCBS
State of the Sox: The Red Sox have won seven of their last 10 games. They start the day six games out of first place in the American League East and 5.5 games out in the wild card. The Sox are tied for the seventh-best record in the game.
State of the ‘Stripes: The Yankees are 6-6 in their last 12 games and have lost for of their last six. They are a half-game ahead of the Rays in the division. The Yankees have the best record and the best run differential (+134) in the game.
Rivalry report: The Sox are 3-5 against the Yankees this season. Starting tonight, the teams will play 10 more games this season, seven of them in New York.
Bronx bummer: The Sox are 3-8 in New York the last two seasons.
Buchholz update: New dad Clay Buchholz has allowed two earned runs in his last 15 innings. He was rocked by the Yankees back on May 8, allowing six runs on nine hits and five walks. He is 0-2, 6.53 in four career starts against the Yankees.
Buchholz vs. the Yankees: Cano 4-11, Rodriguez 3-9, Jeter 3-9, Swisher 0-4, Granderson 0-7, Teixeira 3-5, Posada 0-4, Gardner 1-2.
Vazquez update: The righthander, who had a poor start to the season, is 3-0, 3.34 in his last five starts. He has pitched only one-third of an inning against the Sox this season, appearing on relief on May 17. He is 3-7, 4.21 in 12 carer appearances against the Sox.
Vazquez vs. the Sox: Lowell 13-47, 2 HR; Beltre 15-34, 2 HR; Drew 10-28, 4 HR; Martinez 5-26, Ortiz 8-25, 2 HR; Ellsbury 0-6, Scutaro 0-6.
Yo, Adrian: Beltre has hit safely in 11 straight games at 14 of 41 (.341) with four homers and 13 RBI. He has three homers and nine RBIs in the last four games. … He is 13th in the AL in home runs (20), 8th in RBI (75) and fourth in batting average (.336).
Mo the Magnificent: Mariano Rivera — who is 40 — has a 0.91 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP. He has not allowed a run since July 4, throwing 7.1 scoreless innings since then. While no team has hit him well, he has a human-like 2.82 ERA in 108.1 career innings against the Sox. His 1.24 WHIP against the Sox is Rivera’s highest (tied with Texas) against AL teams in his career.
Other stuff: Ryan Kalish, a New Jersey native who grew up a Red Sox fan, is 8 of 17 in six games since being called up. … The Sox are 7-3 since Victor Martinez returned to the lineup. He is 10 of 38 (.263) with one RBI. … Jacoby Ellsbury is 0 for 8 since making his return.
On the iPod right now: Safe European Home by The Clash.
Stay with Extra Bases. We’ll have reports from Yankee Stadium throughout the afternoon and a live-game blog.