Game 39: Red Sox at Yankees

Round 2 in the Bronx. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (18-20)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Lowrie SS
Cameron RF
Crawford LF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.99).

YANKEES (20-16)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Martin C
Gardner LF
Swisher RF
Posada DH

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 2.89).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI 850-AM, WCBS 880-AM

Rivalry review: The Sox are 3-1 against the Yankees this season They have won five of six, eight of 11 and 10 of 15 against the Yankees. The teams have split their last 76 games with the Red Sox scoring 410 runs and the Yankees scoring 413.

We ain’t Joshing: Beckett is in one of the best stretches of his career, having allowed seven earned runs on 22 hits over the last 40.1 innings with nine walks and 36 strikeouts. … He is 11-7, 5.90 in 23 career starts against the Yankees. That includes eight shutout innings against the Bombers on April 10 at Fenway Park. He allowed two hits in that game and struck out 10 with one walk.


Yankees vs. Beckett: Cano 20-59, 3 HR; Jeter 23-78, Rodriguez 16-56, Swisher 10-35, Posada 12-48, Gardner 6-26, Granderson 5-24, Teixeira 8-39, Martin 0-2.

The big man: Sabathia is 6-6, 3.35 in 16 career starts against the Red Sox. He took the loss on April 10 against Beckett, allowing one run over 5.2 innings on nine hits. … Carsten Charles is 22-5, 2.87 in 39 starts at the New Yankee Stadium.

Sox vs. Sabathia: Cameron 8-17, Youkilis 10-24, Crawford 16-58, Ortiz 9-28, 2 HR; Drew 5-22, Ellsbury 1-13, Pedroia 4-26, Gonzalez 2-10, Lowrie 1-6.

Runners in stranded position: The Red Sox are up to their old tricks with runners in scoring position. They are 14 of 71 in the last eight games and at .222 for the season. The Sox have a .623 OPS with RISP on the season, 27th in baseball.

Gonzo the great: Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in seven straight games at 13 of 31 with six homers and 10 RBI. … He has homered in three straight games. … He is 11 of 23 with five homers and nine RBIs in the last five games. … He has hit safely in 18 of the last 19 games at 31 of 80 (.388) with seven homers, eight doubles, 22 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

And he is durable: Gonzalez has started every game and has played all but eight innings in the field this season.


Slumping against the Sox: Teixeira is hitless in 28 straight at-bats against the Red Sox dating back to last season. He is 0 for 17 this season. Posada is 1 for 11, Jeter 3 for 18 and Swisher 2 for 14 against the Sox this season.

Other notes: The Yankees have lost three straight and seven of 10. … Ellsbury has hit safely in 20 of the last 21 games at 34 of 94 (.362). … Jeter has 2,964 hits, 29th all-time. He has 281 of those hits against the Red Sox. … The Sox have allowed 13 steals in 15 attempts in their last seven games. …

Stat of the Day: Going back to the start of last season, the Sox are 10-2 in games when the opposition starts a former Cy Young Award winner.

Song of the Day: “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” by Elton John.

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