Game 39: Red Sox at Yankees

Here are the lineups as the great rivalry renews in the Bronx:

RED SOX (17-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (3-3, 4.19).

YANKEES (20-15)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.86).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLB Network / WEEI 850-AM, WCBS 880-AM

Of late: The Red Sox have lost two straight and five of their last eight games. The Yankees have lost two straight and six of their last nine. The Red Sox start the day five games out of first place. The Yankees are one game out.


Feats of Clay: Buchholz is 1-3, 6.25 in six career starts against the Yankees. He lasted 3.2 innings against them on April 9 at Fenway Park, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. In the last two seasons, Buchholz has faced the Yankees three times and given up 12 earned runs over 16 innings. … In his last two starts this season, Buchholz has allowed only two runs over 11.2 inninings.

Yankees against Buchholz: Cano 9-17, Rodriguez 6-16, Jeter 5-14, Teixeira 4-12. Swisher 2-10, Gardner 1-8, Granderson 0-12.

Closer look at Colon: This will be Colon’s first start against the Red Sox since Aug. 18, 2005 when he was with the Angels. He is 8-10, 4.13 in 23 career appearances against the Sox. That includes 4.1 inning of relief on April 8 at Fenway when he allowed one earned run on two hits and stuck out five.

Red Sox vs. Colon: Gonzalez 3-10, Varitek 9-33, Crawford 6-31, Ortiz 5-41, Cameron 3-34.

Other notes: The Sox are starting a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. … The Sox are 6-11 on the road with losses in four of their last five games. … Crawford has hit safely in 11 straight games at 16 of 45 (.356) with five extra-base hits. … The Sox are 23 of 34 on stolen base attempts, a low 68-percent success rate. … The Sox are 13 of 64 (.203) with runners in scoring position the last seven games. … By the time the weekend is over, the season will be 25 percent complete.


Stat of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 17 of the last 18 games at 30 of 77 (.390) with a .405 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage. He has six homers, eight doubles and 20 RBIs in that stretch. He is 12 of his last 28 with five homers and eight RBIs.

Song of the Day: “New York City Serenade” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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