American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (33-23) at New York Yankees (31-23), 8:00 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73)
New York - Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.39)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees both take aim
at a series win on Sunday when the American League East rivals square off at
After CC Sabathia put on a vintage performance to give the Yankees a win in
the series opener, the Red Sox bats woke up on Saturday, as they cruised in an
11-1 rout. Daniel Nava was the star of the game as he went 4- for-6 with a
home run and four RBI. Mike Napoli went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and Jackie
Bradley Jr. added three hits and two runs scored as well.
Getting the win for the Red Sox was Felix Doubront who allowed just a single
run over six innings of work while striking out six.
Boston has won two of its last three games and holds a two-game edge on the
Yanks for the top spot in the division.
Phil Hughes absorbed the loss was tagged for five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3
innings to take the loss, though he did strike out seven batters. David Adams
went 2-for-4 as the only Yankee to record a multi- hit game.
New York has lost six of its last seven games.
Getting back on the mound Sunday after missing his last start with irritation
to his shoulder will be Clay Buchholz.
The right-hander has been enjoying quite a strong season when injuries haven't
slowed him down. Buchholz owns a perfect 7-0 record and is currently second in
the majors and first in the American League in ERA (1.73). Buchholz is also
striking out just about one batter per inning with 73 punch-outs in 72 2/3
In his previous start before being scratched last Monday, Buchholz allowed
one run over seven innings in a 6-2 win over the White Sox. It snapped a
three-game streak for Buchholz in which he did not factor into the final
Buchholz already picked up a win against the Yankees this season after he
allowed just one run over seven innings back on April 3. In his career
has normally struggled against New York with a record of 3-5 and an ERA of
6.41 against the Yankees.
Hiroki Kuroda, meanwhile, has been New York's most consistent starter this
In his last start Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out seven
batters though he did not factor in the decision. In the start previous he
allowed five runs in just two innings of work after having tossed eight
shutout innings in the start before that one.
Overall Kuroda has been more like the pitcher throwing the scoreless innings
as he enter's Sunday's matchup boasting the best ERA among Yankee starters
(2.39) while also leading New York in wins (6-3). Kuroda is also second on the
team with 67 2/3 innings pitched.
Kuroda has already faced the Red Sox once this season when he took a loss
opposite Buchholz on April 3. Kuroda left that game with a bruised middle
finger on his pitching hand after allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings. In his
career Kuroda is 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in seven starts against Boston.
This is the second series of the season between these long-time rivals. The
Red Sox took two of three in the Bronx in the first week of the season.
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