The Sox are out to salvage a split of the four-game series. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (63-49)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-7, 3.07)
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (13-4, 3.96)
Game time: 2:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLBN/WEEI, WCBS
State of the Sox: The Sox are 1-2 on their 10-game road trip. They start the day seven games out of first place and 4 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card. The Rays are at Detroit tonight. The Sox are 12-12 since the All-Star break and 14-17 since July 4.
State of ‘Stripes: The Yankees are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the division. They are 3-3 on a homestand that ends today.
State of the rivalry: It has been a New York state of mind lately. The Yankees have won four of the seven meetings this season and 16 of the last 21.
Treated like tourists: The Red Sox are 4-10 at the new Yankee Stadium and overall have lost 13 of 19 in the Bronx since July 5, 2008.
Lester tries again: Jon Lester is 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his last four starts. The Sox have scored three runs while he has been on the mound in those games. Over 26 2/3 innings, he has allowed 31 hits and walked eight while striking out 30.
Lester is 1-0, 4.50 in two starts against the Yankees this season and 4-1, 4.01 in 10 career starts.
Lester vs. the Yankees: Jeter 10-30; Swisher 4-19, 2 HR; Teixeira 6-24; Rodriguez 6-22, 4 HR; Cano 7-26; Posada 3-18, Granderson 1-2; Gardner 1-3; Berkman 0-3.
Hughes the man: Phil Hughes is 1-2, 6.48 in 10 career appearances against the Sox, four of them starts.
Hughes vs. the Red Sox: Ellsbury 1-3; Scutaro 4-15; Ortiz 4-6; Martinez 3-9; Beltre 1-9; Lowell 2-5; McDonald 1-5; Cash 2-2.
Good ‘pens of late: Red Sox relievers have allowed four runs runs in their last 27 1/3 innings. … Yankees relievers have allowed five runs in their last 31 2/3 innings.
Showing up every day: Adrian Beltre has hit safely in 14 straight games at 20 for 57 (.351) and in 20 of the last 21 games at 31 for 86 (.360) with 19 RBIs.
Rocked by Robbie: Robinson Cano is a .327 career hitter against the Sox, including 17 for 43 (.395) this season.
Drew’s letdown: J.D. Drew entered the season a .273/.382/.477 hitter with the Sox. He’s at .259/.349/.443 this season. Drew has two RBIs in his last eight games.
Lowell productive: Mike Lowell is 5 for 18 with four RBIs in the four games he has played since emerging from the crypt.
Other stuff: Jacoby Ellsbury is 0 for 16 since coming off the disabled list and 0 for 22 going back to May. … Bill Hall’s 13 homers are fourth on the team. Only David Ortiz (24), Adrian Beltre (20) and Kevin Youkilis (19) have more. Good sign for Bill Hall, bad sign for the Red Sox. … Manny Delcarmen has not allowed an earned run in his last four innings, a stretch of six appearances. His line: 4 1 0 0 1 5. … The Sox lead the majors with 256 doubles. … The Sox have homered in seven straight games. … The Sox have made eight errors in the last five games.
On the iPod right now: “Runnin’ With The Devil” by Van Halen. Huge tune at Normandin Junior High in New Bedford back in the day.
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