Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/31/13
First Pitch: Friday 7:05, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 8:00 Arms: Friday: Jon Lester, LHP (6-1, 3.34 ERA)  vs. CC Sabathia, LHP (4-4, 3.96 ERA) Saturday:  Felix Doubront, LHP (3-2, 5.29 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes, RHP (2-3, 4.97 ERA)  Sunday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (7-0, 1.73 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (6-3, 2.39 ERA)            Yard: Yankee Stadium   Watch it: NESN - FRI | FOX - SAT | ESPN - SUN   Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup     Record: 33-22 (1st AL East) Record: 30-23 (2nd AL East) On road: 16-10 At home: 15-11 Streak: W1 Streak: L5         Leaders at the plate  Leaders at the plate Average: Iglesias (.419) Average: Cano (.296) Homers: Ortiz (9) Homers: Cano (14) RBI: Napoli (39) RBI: Cano (36) Leaders on the mound Leaders on the mound  Wins: Buchholz (7) Wins: Kuroda (6) ERA: Buchholz (1.73) | Breslow (1.38) ERA: Nuno (2.25) | Claiborne (0.61) K's: Buchholz (73) K's: Sabathia (61) Last time The last time these two teams met was in the season opener in New York. The Red Sox finally broke their awful habit of losing a bunch of games to start the season by taking the first two games of the series. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz packed the 1-2 punch and they got plenty of support from pretty much everyone in the lineup. The Sox racked up 27 hits in the first two games in the series, before being shut down by Andy Pettitte. Ryan Dempster gave up 3 early runs in that game and the Sox offense could not do anything about it. Taking 2-of-3 from the Yankees to start the season was just fine with me. This time Laser Show: Jacoby Ellsbury Something clicked in Jacoby's head, because he is playing out of his mind right now. Almost as if he is playing in a contract season. Jacoby is going to play out of his mind in NY and take advantage of the short porch in right. Pitch Around: Robinson Cano Cano doesn't have the best average, but he is hitting for power. Robinson is 3rd in the majors in homers with 14 and has 21 career homers against the Sox. Those 21 homers are good for 3rd most against any opponent Cano has faced in his career. It shouldn't be a surprise that Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Boston, and Toronto are 1-4 on the most HR list. Yankee Stadium is made for his swing and he will remind Yankee opponents very quickly. Don't Fall Behind: Hiroki Kuroda Of the 3 New York starters, Kuroda is the only one without a losing record against the Red Sox. Kuroda has pitched at least 7 innings in 4 of his last 5 outings. The Orioles knocked Kuroda out in 3 innings last week, and the Sox have to do the same. If the Sox can't get to him early, it will be a tough task to do so as the game goes on. How we see it goin' down This series will go as the last meeting went. The Sox will put up some great offensive numbers, but will let one game slip away. Only one. The Yankees have lost 5 straight and the Sox have a great opportunity to kick them while they are down. Hell, lets call this one a sweep in the Red Sox' favor.
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