The Sox are going for a sweep. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (86-68)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (17-8, 4.31).
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN/WEEI, WCBS
State of the Sox: Pretty chipper. They have won three straight and eight of their last 12 and remain mathematically alive in the pennant race. The Sox started the day seven games out of first behind the Rays and 5.5 games behind the Yankees in the wild card with eight games to play.
State of the ‘stripes: The Yankees have lost four straight and nine of their last 13 as they continue to back into the playoffs. They are 26-26 since Aug. 1.
Series standings: The teams are 7-7 against each other with four games left to play. The Yankees have outscored the Sox, 87-74, but the Sox have won five of the last seven games.
Pretty even: Counting the postseason, the Yankees are 104-91 against the Red Sox in the last 10 years. The run differential is only five. The Yankees have scored 1,015 runs, the Sox 1,010.
Hot Sox: Victor Martinez has hit safely in 10 straight at 16 of 40 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. … David Ortiz is 6 of his last 12 with six RBIs and two extra-base hits.
Cold Sox: Adrian Beltre is 2 for 21 since jamming his left wrist. … Daniel Bard has a 1.54 WHIP and a 2.45 ERA this month. Previously this season he had an 0.89 WHIP and a 1.54 ERA. … Jonathan Papelbon has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in his last 6.1 innings.
On the iPod right now: Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones.
Back later with updates and a live in-game blog.