Found July 19, 2013 on Ted's Army:
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 4:05, Sunday 8:05 Arms: Friday: Andy Pettitte, LHP (7-6, 4.39 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (6-3, 3.91 ERA) Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (8-6, 2.65 ERA) vs. John Lackey, RHP (7-6, 2.78 ERA)  Sunday: CC Sabathia, LHP (9-8, 4.07 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58 ERA)               Yard: Fenway Park   Watch it: Fri - NESN | Sat -  FOX | Sun - ESPN  Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup     Record: 51-44 (4th AL East | 6 GB) Record: 50-34 (1st AL East) On road: 23-21 At home: 31-16 Streak: L2 Streak: L2        Leaders at the plate  Leaders at the plate Average: Cano (.302) Average: Iglesias (.367) Homers: Cano (21) Homers: Ortiz (19) RBI: Cano (65) RBI: Ortiz (65) Leaders on the mound Leaders on the mound  Wins: Sabathia (9) Wins: Buchholz (9) ERA: Kuroda (2.65) | Rivera (1.83) ERA: Buchholz (1.71) | Uehara (1.70) K's: Sabathia (117) K's: Dempster (104) Last time The Sox were in New York for their second time this season from May 31 - June 2. Game 1 featured the same matchup we will see this Sunday in Jon Lester and FatFat Sabathia. Unfortunately for the Sox, Sabathia had one of his occasional good starts against the Sox, leading to a 4-1 victory for the Yankees. New York didn't have a great offensive game, at all. In fact, they were out-hit by the Sox 8-7, but the Yankees were able to get a single here, single there, and one double mixed in to compile 4 runs. It got better for the Sox. Game 2 featured a 11-1 bashing of the Yankees to right the ship. Daniel Nava went 4-for-6, and Mike Napoli went 3-for-5, with each grabbing 4 RBI. Nava hit 3-run homer and Napoli got all of his RBI by way of a grand salami.  Game 3 was a rain-shortened six inning game, where the Sox blanked the Yankees 3-0, improving Clay Buchholz's record to 8-0 at the time. That game featured King Iglesias' first homer of the season. This time Laser Show: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Iglesias David Ortiz has had surprising success against Andy Pettitte. I say surprising because Pettitte has been a dominating lefty and Ortiz has still be able to put together a .361 career average with a homer and 7 doubles. Kuroda has been tourtured by Papi with a cool .667 average and 1.833 OPS. CC has had more luck against Ortiz, holding him to a .236 average and 16 K's (most on active Sox' roster), which will probably result in a night off for Ortiz on Sunday. Dustin Pedroia was feeling it before the All-Star break and I really like his numbers against Kuroda and Sabathia. Pedey has a career .444 average against Kuroda in 19 plate appearances, with 16 of 18 hits being singles. Hits are hits. His .306 average against CC is not as impressive, but in 55 PAs, and 4 doubles it proves he has been able to keep the average up over a long period of time. When Pedroia is not getting hits off of Sabathia is is usually striking out, doing it 13 times in his career, 2nd most on Sox roster to Ortiz. King Iglesias has a small sample size against these guys, but it is ALL good. Iglesias is 2-for3 against Pettitte, 2-for-6 against Kuroda with a homer, and 4-for-8 against Sabathia. A recipe for MVP of the series. Pitch Around: Robinson Cano The Yankees' Triple Crown leader and always threat to take the series over. Good average, great power, and great ability to use the entire field. Here are some stats: BA per hit location: Right field: .411 Center field: .331 Left field: .352 Cano does best against finesse pitchers and the Sox' best chance to contain him would be to over-power him. Or, maybe the pitch to the knee during the All-Star game will hold him back... Don't Fall Behind: All 3 starters We have seen what Pettitte, Kuroda, and Sabathia are capable of when they get hot. Even though the they are 41, 38, and 32-years-old respectively (avg. 37), they can still shut offenses down when in the slightest groove.  We have also seen what the Sox can do to these pitchers when their offense jumps all over their mistakes. Kuroda has been the best overall pitcher of the 3 and worries me the most. The good thing is the Yankees offense has not been providing a ton of run support, which will give the Sox a little bit of wiggle room.  How we see it goin' down Coming off the All-Star break, it is hard to gauge whether a team will continue a tear, losing streak, or pull a complete 180 from either situation. The Sox and Yankees got the extra day off which should be good for each team (even better for the aging Yankees). The Sox need to hold the Yankees at the bottom of the AL East, while trying to keep the Rays at bay. This is the first Sox/Yankees series where everyone in Boston has nothing else to watch, which, for some reason, gives me a good feeling about this series. The Sox will continue the trend of what they have been doing to the Yankees this season and win 2-of-3 this weekend.
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