American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 7th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (50-32) at Boston Red Sox (42-41), 12:35 p.m. & 7:15 p.m (DH)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: New York - Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94)
Boston - Franklin Morales (1-1, 2.51)
Game Two: New York - Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29)
Boston - Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42)
(Sports Network) - Bitter rivals get together for a day/night doubleheader
today as the Boston Red Sox entertain the New York Yankees at Fenway Park for
the middle two games of a four-game set.
After a bit of a rough start to the campaign, the Yankees appear to be hitting
their stride at just the right time, winning two straight and four of their
last six outings on their way to the top mark in the American League East at
On Friday night the teams opened up the series with a wild first inning as
both squads scored five runs and were then tied 6-6 after two. Eventually the
Yankees pulled ahead with a four-run seventh, en route to the 10-8 victory to
take a 3-0 advantage in the season series.
"You know, in this ballpark, a lot of crazy things happen," Yankees manager
Joe Girardi commented. "My thought is, just keep building on leads and
building on leads. But I looked up in the top of the second, and there was no
Mark Teixeira knocked in a pair in the seventh with a two-run triple,
finishing with two hits and four RBI as the Yankees moved 5 1/2 games ahead of
Baltimore for first place in the division. Curtis Granderson scored three
times and Alex Rodriguez logged three hits for the visitors while Robinson
Cano finished 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Cano also knocked in one run to extend his streak in that department to nine
straight games as well.
Hiroki Kuroda started the game on the mound for the Yankees, but he failed to
factor into the decision as he gave up six earned runs on 10 hits, striking
out three in 5 2/3 innings. Boone Logan was credited with the win, his fourth
in as many decisions for New York, while Rafael Soriano registered his 20th
save of 2012.
Despite his recent success against the Yankees, Boston hurler Josh Beckett
permitted six runs on eight hits and a couple of walks, striking out five over
five innings before making his exit. Andrew Miller was handed the loss as he
allowed two runs in just one-third inning.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia connected on his 17th home run of the season for the
Sox, knocking in three runs in an effort to offset his three strikeouts.
Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz both added three hits for a Boston squad which
has lost four in a row and is now just one game over .500 on the season and 8
1/2 games out of contention in the division while sitting in fourth place.
Even though he has been used sparingly so far this season, Freddy Garcia is
slated to make the start in the first game of the day for the Yankees. The
right-hander, who has a total of just 36 1/3 innings thus far in 2012, last
pitched on Monday against Tampa Bay as the Yankees bowed to the Rays on the
Garcia made it through 5 1/3 innings in that matchup, allowing two runs on
five hits -- two home runs -- while striking out four.
Now 2-2 on the season with a hefty 5.94 ERA, Garcia has a career mark of 9-4
with a 4.76 ERA all-time versus the Red Sox.
As for Boston, they have Franklin Morales penciled in as their starter for the
first half of the day. The left-hander most recently made an appearance
against Oakland on the road three days ago, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings
as he fanned two batters, but still the Sox ended up with a 3-2 loss.
Morales, who has surrendered 10 runs on 20 hits over 18 2/3 innings at Fenway
Park so far in 2012, has a career record of 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA against the
Game two of the day will have the home team sending Felix Doubront to the hill
as he tries to get back into the win column after posting no decision in his
most recent outing and a loss to Toronto in the game prior.
The left-hander has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox considering he came
into this season with a career mark of only 2-2 and already has eight
victories to his credit this year.
Doubront, who has faced the Yankees five times previously in his career but
has yet to record a decision against the club, last pitched on Sunday when he
allowed one run on three hits, but walked five and struck out four in 4 1/3
innings against Seattle on the road.
Now in his sixth season with the Yankees, Phil Hughes will also get a crack at
Boston on this final weekend before the All-Star break. Already with his
second-highest win total in a season, behind his 18-8 effort in 2010, Hughes
is shooting for his 10th victory of the campaign this evening.
The right-hander has delivered with six wins in his last seven decisions,
including back-to-back victories over the Indians and White Sox. Against
Chicago on Sunday the California native permitted two runs on six hits and a
walk, striking out eight over as many innings in a 4-2 triumph.
Hughes, who has more than four times as many strikeouts (89) as he does bases-
on-balls (22) at this stage, has been roughed up by Boston over the years and
has only a 2-5 record with a 6.65 ERA to show for his efforts.
07/07 10:27:05 ET