Game 144: Red Sox at Yankees

Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (86-57)
Victorino RF
Gomes LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Bradley CF
Lavarnway C
Bogaerts SS
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (8-12 3.22).

YANKEES (75-66)
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Granderson DH
Nunez 3B
Overbay 1B
Suzuki RF
Romine C
Pitching: LHP David Huff (2-0, 3.32).

Game time: 1:05 p.m.


Red Sox vs. Huff: Gomes 1-8, Napoli 3-6, Ortiz 2-7, Pedroia 1-5, Ellsbury 0-4, McDonald 1-3, Carp 1-2.

Yankees vs. Lackey: Suzuki 31-108, Jeter 22-79, Rodriguez 13-67, Cano 14-60, Wells 8-40, Soriano 5-35, Granderson 8-29, Gardner 9-28, Overbay 10-29, Reynolds 2-11, Nunez 3-7, Stewart 1-4, Romine 1-2.

Stat of the Day: The Sox are 50 of 127 (.394) in the last three games with eight doubles, 13 home runs, 16 walks and 41 runs. They are 14 of 36 (.389) with runners in scoring position.


Notes: The Sox are 5-1 in September, quite a change from the last two seasons. They are now 7.5 games up on the Rays, who have lost 10 of 13. … The Sox have won four straight, seven of eight and 11 of 13. They are a season-best 29 games over .500. … The Sox are 9-5 against the Yankees this season, averaging 5.9 runs per game. … Lackey is 9-10, 4.58 in 25 career starts against the Yankees including 1-1, 3.46 in two starts this season. Lackey has faced Ichiro 114 times. It’s the most Lackey has faced any batter and the most Ichiro has faced any pitcher. Ichiro has hit .287 against Lackey, .320 against other pitchers. … Huff is making his first starts this season. He went 5.2 innings and 64 pitches on Sept. 2. Huff is 0-2, 1.67 in four career appearances, three of them starts, against the Red Sox. … Napoli is 16 of his last 39 with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in 11 games. He is 7 of 12 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs in the last three. … Middlebrooks has nine extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 24 games since being recalled. He is 9 of his last 21 with 8 RBIs. … Nava has reached base safely in 41 consecutive starts dating back to June 22. He has a .392 OBP on the season. … Victorino is 4 of 11 with two homers and five RBIs in the series. … The Sox are 10 games ahead of the Yankees. That was last the case on July 6, 2007.


Song of the Day: “Another Nail In My Heart” by Squeeze.

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