Hiroki Kuroda (L), Josh Beckett (R)

After going on 2-5 on their road trip to the left coast, the Boston Red Sox return home for four games in three days against their AL East rivals the New York Yankees at historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Yankees television market, you can catch the game on YES.  And if you don’t live in either market you’re in luck as well as the MLB Network will be broadcasting the game as well (not in Red Sox or Yankees television markets). If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Josh Beckett looks to help the Red Sox narrow the gap in the standings in his 14th start of 2012. In his previous 13 starts, Beckett is 4-7 with a 4.06 ERA. He has not faced the Yankees in 2012 and was 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA (7 ER/34 IP) in five starts in 2011. He’s made 27 career starts against the Bronx Bombers and is 14-7 with a 5.36 ERA. 14 of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 6-4 with a 5.74 ERA.

Hiroki Kuroda makes his 17th start of 2012 for the leaders of the AL East. In his previous 16 games, Kuroda is 8-7 with a 3.17 ERA. His lone career start against the Red Sox came into 2010 at the Fens as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that start, he took the loss after allowing two runs in seven innings of work.

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

Here are today’s lineups:

New York Yankees49-32 Boston Red Sox42-40
1. Derek Jeter SS 1. Daniel Nava LF
2. Curtis Granderson CF 2. Ryan Kalish CF
3. Alex Rodriguez DH 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Robinson Cano 2B 4. Cody Ross RF
5. Mark Teixeira 1B 5. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
6. Nick Swisher RF 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Raul Ibanez LF 7. Mauro Gomez 3B
8. Eric Chavez 3B 8. Mike Aviles SS
9. Russell Martin C 9. Nick Punto 2B
Hiroki Kuroda SP Josh Beckett SP

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

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

NOTES: Dustin Pedroia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. He’s been replaced on the 25-man roster by Pedro Ciriaco. Scott Podsednik was activated from the 15-day DL and was optioned to Pawtucket.


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Frustrated Pedroia deals with DL, Crawford inches closer [clubhouse insider]

Red Sox- Yankees: A rivalry in rehab [csn new england]

Pedroia hits DL; Ciriaco called up [csn new england]

W2W4: Red Sox-Yankees, 7 ET [espn boston]

Francona’s take on Red Sox-Yankees [espn boston]

Crawford’s thoughts on race and baseball [espn boston]

Bobby Valentine says Boston Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia on DL with new thumb injury [espn boston]

Frustrated Pedroia has cast on his hand [espn boston]

Buchholz on track for post-break return [espn boston]

Papi: ‘My bats will do the talking’ [espn boston]

Crawford hopes to play at Rays next weekend [espn boston]

Bobby V talks injuries, Sox-Yankees [espn boston]

Red Sox injury updates [extra bases]

Pedroia in a cast, out for several weeks [extra bases]

Middlebrooks on the comeback trail [extra bases]

Buchholz throws in the bullpen [extra bases]

New team, new haircut for Darnell McDonald [extra bases]

Kevin Millar on M&M: Red Sox ‘have to pay’ David Ortiz [full count]

Derek Jeter welcomes Darnell McDonald to the Yankees by making him cut his hair [full count]

Red Sox-Yankees series has a different feel this time around [tony massarotti – boston globe]

Red Sox Welcoming Yankees to Boston for Series That Could Make or Break Season for Sox [nesn.com]

Kelly Shoppach Asks Twitter Followers for Help Naming New Baby Hedgehog (Photo) [nesn.com]

Daniel Bard Can Call On Billy Chapel, Benny the Jet in Attempt to Regain His Form (Gallery) [nesn.com]

Red Sox Need to Show Fight Against Banged Up Yankees in Crucial Series at Fenway [nesn.com]

Dustin Pedroia to Miss ‘A Couple Weeks’ With Thumb Injury, Vows to Produce in ‘Major Way’ Upon Return [nesn.com]

Darnell McDonald Adjusts to ‘Strange’ Experience of Facing Red Sox While Learning the Yankee Way [nesn.com]

ESPN: Crawford to play in Pawtucket this Weekend [pawsox.com]

Trags Bag: Time for Red Sox to put up or shut up [mike petraglia – weei.com]

Red Sox to treat Pedroia ‘conservatively’ [mike petraglia – weei.com]

Bobby V: I’ll ‘keep [Ortiz] distracted’ [mike petraglia – weei.com]

Misery loves company [projo sox blog]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Yankees and Offense [projo sox blog]

Pedroia to be in cast for several weeks with hyperextended thumb [projo sox blog]

Buchholz throws bullpen, could return soon after All-Star break [projo sox blog]

Crawford to play for PawSox this weekend [projo sox blog]

Recently let go by Red Sox, McDonald back at Fenway Park with Yankees [projo sox blog]

Podsednik activated, optioned to Triple-A [projo sox blog]

Beckett up first as Sox try to gain on Yanks [redsox.com]

Lucchino: Sox want Ortiz to retire with Sox [alex speier – weei.com]

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