Game 153: Red Sox at Yankees

The old rivals meet again. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (84-68)
Scutaro 2B
Drew RF
Martinez C
Beltre 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 1B
Lowrie SS
Hall LF
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)

YANKEES (92-61)
Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Berkman DH
Posada C
Granderson CF
Gardner LF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox are coming of a 2-4 homestand and start the day 7.5 games out of first place and seven behind in the wild card.

State of the ‘stripes: The Yankees start the day a half-game ahead of Tamp Bay in the A: East and a half-game behind Minnesota for the best record in the AL.


Season series: The Yankees have won seven of the 12 games between the teams, outscoring the Sox 76-57. The teams end the season with three games at Fenway starting next Friday.

Not so great of late: The Yankees have lost 11 of their last 17 games. The Red Sox have lost 13 of their last 23.

Running in place: The Yankees are 26-24 since Aug. 1, the Red Sox 25-23.

Josh on the job: Beckett is 0-2, 11.17 in four starts against the Yankees this season, allowing 33 hits and 24 earned runs in 19.1 innings.

Tune-up time: Pettitte will be making his second start since spending two months on the disabled with a groin strain. He allowed one run in six innings in his first start. Pettitte has not faced the Red Sox since April 7 when he allowed one run in six innings.

Papi vs. Pettitte: David Ortiz is 20 of 57 (.351) against Pettitte in his career with eight walks and 14 strikeouts.

A Bronx tale: Ortiz is 8 of 23 at the new Stadium this season with two homers.

Salary drive: Victor Martinez is hitting .321 this month with 11 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs in 20 games. He has hit safely in the last eight games at 14 of 33 (.424) with six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs.

Other stuff: The Sox need one more home run to become the eighth team in franchise history with 200. … The Yankees lead baseball with 813 runs, the Sox are second with 772. The Sox are first with a .790 OPS, the Yankees are second at .788. … Nick Swisher is 83 of 240 (.346) with runners on base. … Derek Jeter has hit safely in 12 straight.


On the iPod right now: Incident On 57th Street by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Live at the Meadowlands on Oct. 10, 2007. Bruce turned 61 yesterday, by the way.

Back with more later including a live in-game blog.

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