Afternoon Red Sox Torture – 7/28

Jon Lester (L), CC Sabathia (R)

After being Granderslammed last night 10-3, the Boston Red Sox really need to get back on track in the middle game of a three-game set with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and will be broadcast to 77% of the country on FOX. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

After being embarrassed his last time out, Jon Lester looks to turn his fortunes back around in his 21st of 2012. In his previous 20 starts, Lester is 5-8 with a 5.46 ERA. He took the loss in his only start of the season against the Yankees after allowing four runs in 4.1 innings back on July 8th. Lester has made 18 career starts against the Bronx Bombers and is 8-4 with a 4.33 ERA. 10 of those starts have come in the Bronx where he is 6-2 with a 3.75 ERA.

CC Sabathia will make his third start since returning from the DL and it will be his 18th start of the season. In his previous 17 starts, Sabathia is 10-3 with a 3.30 ERA. He has not faced the Red Sox this season and was 1-4 with a 6.39 ERA in five starts last year. Sabathia has made 20 career starts against the Red Sox and is 7-9 with a 4.14 ERA.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox49-51 New York Yankees60-39
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Pedro Ciriaco DH 2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Cody Ross RF 5. Andruw Jones LF
6. Will Middlebrooks 3B 6. Jayson Nix 3B
7. Kelly Shoppach C 7. Russell Martin DH
8. Mike Aviles SS 8. Ichiro Suzuki RF
9. Daniel Nava LF 9. Chris Stewart C
Jon Lester SP CC Sabathia SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees batter/pitcher matchups



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Nothing new for Red Sox [boston globe]

Lester’s uphill climb [boston globe]

Cherington keeping options open at deadline [boston globe]

Turning point was early [boston globe]

One wild thought: They’re done [boston globe]

Yanks Cook up a storm [boston herald]

Pedroia’s tired of excuses for losing [boston herald]

Ben: It’s all up to Sox [boston herald]

Pay attention Red Sox [boston herald]

Lester in the here and now [boston herald]

Reality hits hard [boston herald]

Carl Crawford medical drama takes another twist [boston herald]

Source: Sox keeping Ross despite interest [rob bradford –]

Cherington: Beckett not Sox’ problem [rob bradford –]

Crawford: Andrews said surgery inevitable [rob bradford –]

Elbowed out? Carl Crawford medical drama takes another twist [clubhouse insider]

Atchison suffers setback; Bailey, Matsuzaka set for rehab assignments [clubhouse insider]

Yankees blast Sox, 10-3 [csn new england]

Pedroia sounds the alarm [csn new england]

Merloni: I wouldnt’ do anything at deadline [csn new england]

Defensive miscues open door for Yankees [csn new england]

Tomase: Cherington should ‘exploit’ seller’s market [csn new england]

Cherington, Epstein take similar approach [csn new england]

Red Sox notes: Ortiz takes BP [csn new england]

Crawford ’embarrassed’ by four-day program [csn new england]

Ross: ‘I’d rather be of value to this team’ [espn boston]

Pedroia doesn’t spare the stars [espn boston]

Sox won’t stop believing after Yanks’ rout [espn boston]

Sox turn to Lester vs. Yanks’ Sabathia [espn boston]

Ross doesn’t want to be traded [espn boston]

Bobby’s roles: skipper, cyclist … movie mogul? [espn boston]

‘Embarrassed’ Crawford sits; Tito visits [espn boston]

Carl Crawford sits on ‘four-day timetable,’ future surgery still likely [extra bases]

Francona holds court in Red Sox clubhouse [extra bases]

Closing Time: Yankees help dig an even deeper hole for Red Sox [full count]

As he nears return, Andrew Bailey ‘[doesn’t] really care’ about role [full count]

Red Sox Pregame Notes: Bobby Valentine on his ‘manager no-no’ and Carl Crawford’s schedule [full count]

Jackie Bradley, Michael Almanzar leave impression during Billy McMillon’s 1st season in Salem []

Jon Lester Alters Routine Between Starts, Has Batters Stand in During Bullpen Session []

Dustin Pedroia Blasts Team for Subpar Play, Challenges Them to Stop Using Injuries as Excuses []

Jon Lester’s Importance Now Greater Than Ever as Red Sox on Verge of Implosion []

Aaron Cook Takes Responsibility for New York’s Home Run Barrage, Says He Could’ve Minimized Damage []

Mark Melancon Has No Regrets About Career With Yankees and Failure to Become Mariano Rivera’s Successor []

Which Former Red Sox Player Who Joined the Yankees Do You Hate the Most? []

Josh Beckett Needs to Take Advantage of Support, Show Red Sox He Can Help Team Beyond Trade Deadline []

Carl Crawford Says Not Playing Is ‘Embarrassing’ as Bobby Valentine Reveals ‘Four-Day Plan’ for Outfielder []

Yankees on reeling Red Sox: ‘You can’t take them lightly’ [projo sox blog]

Atchison suffers setback in rehab appearance [projo sox blog]

Crawford out of lineup because of rest program [projo sox blog]

Bailey to start rehab, but still “weeks” away [projo sox blog]

Matsuzaka to rehab with PawSox [projo sox blog]

Francona holds court in Red Sox clubhouse [projo sox blog]

Doubront hasn’t backed down against Yankees [projo sox blog]

Lester looks to rebound, help Sox gain on Yanks []

Aviles’ miscue opens door to three-run inning []

Cherington will be prudent on evaluating trades []

Papi sheds walking boot, itching to return to lineup []

Bard making strides, could be back soon []

Valentine confident Red Sox will turn it around []

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