Here are the lineups as the Red Sox seek a sweep:
RED SOX (35-26)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01)
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI 850-AM, WCBS 880-AM
Notes: The Sox have won five straight and now have the best record in the American League. … The Sox are 7-1 against the Yankees this season, outscoring them 52-34. The Sox have won 9 of 10, 12 of 15 and 4 of 19 in the series. … The Sox are 12-11 at the new Yankee Stadium and have won five straight. … The Sox have won 16 of 22 on the road. … The Yankees have lost nine of their last 13 games at home. … Ellsbury has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games at 21 of 55 (.382) with 12 runs scored. … Ortiz has hit safely in eight straight at 14 of 30 with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Hes at .467/.515/.1.000 in that stretch.
The pitching matchup: Beckett has faced the Yankees twice this season. He has allowed six hits over 14 shutout innings with three walks and 19 strikeouts. … Beckett is 12-7, 5.66 in 24 career starts against the Yankees. … Beckett is 3-1, 4.63 in six starts at the new Yankee Stadium. … Sabathia is 0-2 against Boston this season, allowing 16 hits and seven runs over 12.1 innings with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. … Sabathia is 20-5, 3.14 in 37 career starts at the new Stadium.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not swept two series in New York in the same season since 1913. Thanks to Ken Davidoff of Newsday for that nugget.
Song of the Day: “One, Two, Three” by Bill Janovitz