Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (42-40)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.06)
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES, MLB Network / WEEI, WCBS
Beckett vs. Yankees: Jeter 27-89, Cano 23-71, Rodriguez 16-61, Teixeira 9-50, Swisher 10-44, Jones 10-37, Granderson 8-33, Chavez 4-16, Ibanez 3-14, Nix 1-8, Martin 2-7, Wise 2-4.
Kuroda vs. Red Sox: Gonzalez 6-23, Ross 5-19, Lillibridge 0-3, Nava 1-2, Ortiz 0-1.
Stat of the Day: Beckett was 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts against the Yankees last season. Teixeira was 1 for 13, Swisher 0 for 12 and Rodriguez 0 for 5 against Beckett.
Notes: For the first time since April 21, let’s get ready to rumble. It’s Yankees vs. Red Sox and the greatest rivalry in baseball. The Yankees are in first place in the AL East, a comfortable 7.5 games ahead of the fourth-place Red Sox. But run differential would tell you the teams are closer. The Yankees have outscored their opponents by 58 runs and the Sox by 50. … The Yankees won both meetings this season and have taken six of their last eight. … The Sox are coming off a horrendous 2-5 road trip to Seattle and Oakland. They scored 14 runs and hit .200. … The Sox have won seven of nine at Fenway. … Beckett is 14-7, 5.36 in 27 career starts against the Yankees, his most against any team. … Kuroda had faced the Sox once in his career, that coming on June 20, 2010 at Fenway when he was with the Dodgers. He allowed two runs over seven innings in a 2-0 loss. … Gonzalez has hit safely in 15 straight at 22 of 65 (.349) to raise his batting average from .257 to .275.
Song of the Day: “War On War” by Wilco.