One more time this season, here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (69-92)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6, 7.68)
Pitching: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (15-11, 3.34)
Red Sox vs. Kuroda: Ross 7-28, Podsednik 2-17, Pedroia 5-12, Ellsbury 4-11, Ciriaco 1-9, Salty 2-6, Kalish 2-6, Nava 2-5, Aviles 1-6, Lavarnway 1-6, Gomez 1-3, Loney 0-3.
Yankees vs. Matsuzaka: Rodriguez 3-24, Suzuki 7-25, Cano 8-27, Jeter 7-19, Ibanez 3-14, Teixeira 7-14, Granderson 6-16, Swisher 3-13, Gardner 2-8, Cervelli 2-4, Nix 1-5, Chavez 2-3, Jones 0-3, Nunez 0-2.
Stat of the Day: The Sox have lost seven straight. They have not lost eight straight since the 2001 season. They have lost 11 of 12, 21 of 28 and 41 of 57.
Notes: Mercifully, this is it. The last-place Sox end their wretched season with a chance to make things difficult for the Yankees. New York has a one-game lead on the Orioles in the division. If the teams tie, they would play on Thursday in Baltimore to determine the division. The loser would be the wild card and play again on Friday in a one-game playoff series. … Matsuzaka is facing the Yankees for the first time since Oct. 2, 2010. Matsuzaka is 1-7 with a 7.68 earned run average in 10 starts and hasn’t pitched since Sept. 19 because of a series of poor performances. He is 1-5, 10.55 in the last six starts. … Kuroda is 1-0, 3.86 in four starts against the Red Sox this season. … The Yankees are 12-5 against the Sox this season, outscoring them, 102-68. … The Sox are 25 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 1966 season when they finished 27 games out.
Song of the Day: “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra.