American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, September 11th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (79-61) at Boston Red Sox (63-78), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.14)
Boston - Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99)
(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees will try to pad their lead atop the
American League East standings on Tuesday when they begin a three-game series
with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
New York enters this series holding a one-game edge on the Baltimore Orioles
in the division after splitting a four-game set with its rivals over the
weekend. Following a controversial loss on Saturday, the Yankees responded in
fine fashion in Sunday's finale, 13-3.
Curtis Granderson came off the bench and finished 3-for-3 with a homer and
five RBI, while Derek Jeter also homered and knocked in three runs for the
Yankees, who will have to get by without the services of Mark Teixeira for at
least the next two weeks after aggravating a calf injury.
The New York bullpen threw 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Freddy
Garcia, who was tagged for three runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Joba
Chamberlain (1-0) got five outs, fanning four with one walk, to pick up his
first win of the season.
"It was an outstanding job by our bullpen," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"We were able to piece it together and added a lot of tack-on runs."
On Tuesday Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill trying to improve upon his 13-10
ledger and 3.14 ERA. Kuroda beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, limiting
them to four runs and eight hits in six innings.
"Although I gave up some runs, I just wanted to minimize the damage, and
somewhat, I was able to do that," Kuroda said through an interpreter after his
Kuroda beat the Red Sox the last time he faced them and is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA
in four starts.
Boston, meanwhile, comes into Tuesday's tilt having lost four in a row after a
three-game sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays that culminated with a
4-3 setback on Sunday.
The Red Sox have now lost 11 of their last 12 games and are in last place in
the AL East.
"Obviously it's going to be a different feel than what people are used to
around here. We'll play spoiler," outfielder Cody Ross said. "That's all we
can do now, is try to ruin people's seasons, because ours is pretty much
Hoping to reverse their fortunes will be lefty Jon Lester, who has won four of
his last five starts. Lester beat the Seattle Mariners last Tuesday, holding
them to three runs and nine hits in six innings. He is 9-11 with a 4.99 ERA on
Lester is 9-4 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 4.23 ERA in 20 starts.
The Yankees are 8-4 this season against Boston, going 5-1 in Beantown.
09/11 10:41:37 ET
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