After winning last night 8-6, the Boston Red Sox look to get back to .500 and take the weekend series tonight in the finale of a three-game set with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. You can also watch the game online at ESPN3.com or on your mobile device with the WatchESPN app. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Felix Doubront toes the rubber for the 20th time this season tonight. In his previous 19 starts, Doubront is 10-5 with a 4.54 ERA. He’s made two starts against the Yankees this season and is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP). He’s made six career appearances (two starts) against the Evil Empire and is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA (6 ER/17 IP). Two of those appearances have come in the Bronx where he has no record with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/2 IP).
Hiroki Kuroda will make his 21st start of 2012 for Joe Girardi. In his previous 20 starts, Kuroda is 10-7 with a 3.34 ERA. He picked up a no decision in his only start of 2012 against the Red Sox after allowing seven runs (six earned) in 5.2 innings back on July 6th. Overall in his career, Kuroda has made two starts against the Red Sox and is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA (8 ER/12.2 IP).
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Here are today’s lineups:
|1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF||1. Derek Jeter||SS|
|2. Carl Crawford||LF||2. Curtis Granderson||CF|
|3. Dustin Pedroia||2B||3. Mark Teixeira||1B|
|4. Adrian Gonzalez||1B||4. Robinson Cano||2B|
|5. Cody Ross||DH||5. Nick Swisher||DH|
|6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia||C||6. Andruw Jones||LF|
|7. Will Middlebrooks||3B||7. Russell Martin||C|
|8. Ryan Sweeney||RF||8. Ichiro Suzuki||RF|
|9. Pedro Ciriaco||SS||9. Jayson Nix||3B|
|Felix Doubront||SP||Hiroki Kuroda||SP|
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Vicente Padilla-Mark Teixeira feud spices up rivalry [boston herald]
Bobby V on Francona chatting with players: ‘I didn’t think it was any big deal’ [clubhouse insider]
Francona apologizes to Valentine via text [csn new england]
Doubront hopes to stay ahead of curve [espn boston]
Doubront faces Yanks in finale [espn boston]
Ortiz, Middlebrooks in PLAY clinic on Monday [extra bases]
Gonzalez heating up, but walks remain a mystery [extra bases]
What if Cherington sells? A trade-deadline projection [projo sox blog]
Valentine doesn’t see Crawford surgery as inevitable [projo sox blog]
Bothersome toe keeps Aviles out of lineup [projo sox blog]
Valentine expects Red Sox to be ‘in it to win it’ at trade deadline [projo sox blog]
Valentine not put off by Francona session in clubhouse [projo sox blog]
Doubront looking to build momentum for Sox [redsox.com]
Francona apologizes to Valentine via text [redsox.com]