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Game 31: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 8, 2010 11:50 AM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (15-15)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Lowell DH
Drew RF
Beltre 3B
Hall LF
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (3-2, 2.97).

YANKEES (20-8)
Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano DH
Swisher RF
Winn LF
Cervelli C
Pena 2B

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (4-1, 2.74).

Game time: 3:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: Fox / WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Sox are 4-1 on their 10-game homestand after a 10-3 loss last night. They start the day 7.5 games out of first place.

The twist and turns: The Red Sox beat the Yankees in the first eight meetings between the teams last season. They are 2-12 against their old rivals since.

Feats of Clay: The Red Sox are 12-2 in Buchholz's last 14 starts. He is 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.

CC vs. the Sox: Sabathia is 5-5, 3.62 in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, 2-2, 3.86 in six games at Fenway Park. He started Opening Day against Boston and allowed five runs over 5.1 innings.

Hot Sox: J.D. Drew is 14 of his last 30 with eight RBI, seven extra-base hits and 12 runs scored. His batting average has climbed from .181 to .265. ... Victor Martinez is 8 of his last 19 with five RBI and three extra-base hits. His batting average has gone from .233 to .267. ... David Ortiz is 5 of his last 17 (over five games) with three homers and five RBI. ... Marco Scutaro has hit safely in 10 of 11 games

Yankee doodles: The Yankees have won five straight, nine of 10 and 15 of their last 20.

It starts with them: Yankee starters are 17-4 with a 3.15 ERA. Take Javy Vazquez out of the equation and they're 16-1, 2.16.

History in the making: Derek Jeter has now played in 2,165 games, moving into second place in Yankees history. Only Mickey Mantle (2,401) has played in more. In case you were wondering, the Red Sox record is 3,308 by Carl Yastrzemski.

Homer happy: Alex Rodriguez has hit 585 home runs, 8th all-time. He needs one to catch Frank Robinson, who hit 586.

A-Rod has hit 20 home runs at Fenway Park, the most for any active player who has never played for the Red Sox. For his career, he has 43 homers and 122 RBI against the Sox.

Strange stat: The Red Sox have allowed six or more earned runs 13 times this season. Yet somehow they have won seven of those games.

On the iPod right now: Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live in Foxboro, Aug. 2, 2008. As I recall, he dedicated the song to Bill Belichick that night.

(I stand corrected, he did Who'll Stop The Rain for the coach.)

Back with more later. We'll have weather updates on the blog as they become available.

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