Games 158-159: Red Sox at Yankees

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (88-69)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Jackson RF
Scutaro SS
Saltalamacchia C
Aviles 3B
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08)

YANKEES (96-61)
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Jones LF
Martin C
Dickerson RF
Laird 1B
Pena 2B
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.28)

Game time: 1:05 p.m.


RHP John Lackey (12-12, 6.49) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62)

Game time: 6:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLB Network / WEEI, WCBS

Notes: The Sox start the day with a 1.5 game lead on the Rays in the American League wild card race. … The Sox have lost three straight, six of seven and 15 of 19. They are 5-17 in September. … The Yankees are 18-10 in a stretch that will see them play 33 games in 32 days. … The Sox are 12-4 against the Yankees this season but have lost three of the last four meetings. … Red Sox starters are 3-10 with a 7.34 ERA in the last 19 games. … In September, Red Sox starters have lasted five or less innings in 12 of 22 games and less than five in 10 of 22. … Burnett is winless in his last 10 starts against the Sox, going 0-4 with a 7.55 ERA. In two starts this season he has allowed nine earned runs over 11 innings. … Wakefield will pitching in his 627th and perhaps last game. He is 1-3, 5.55 in his last eight starts. Wakefield is 12-17, 4.98 in 57 career appearances against the Yankees. … Nova is 0-2 in three career appearances against the Sox. He last faced them on April 9. … Lackey is 0-3, 9.12 in his last five starts. Lackey is one of 16 pitchers in history to throw at least 150 innings and have an ERA of 6.49 or higher in a single season. The last was Jose Lima (6.99) in 2005. … Ellsbury starts the day needing two homers to become a 30/30 player and two RBIs from 100. … Crawford has hit safey in 16 of 20 games at .307 (23 of 75). … Ortiz starts the day with 29 homers and 96 RBIs.


Stat of the Day: The Sox were 55-35 at the All-Star break, having won six straight and 10 of 11 games. They are 33-34 since. They went from leading the Yankees by one game to now being eight back.

Song of the Day: “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day.

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