The New York Yankees hope the expected return of two key players from injuries will help them end their season-high five-game slide.
Regardless of who is in the lineup, they could have a hard time ending Jon Lester's success in the Bronx when they face the archrival Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
New York (30-23) has been outscored 24-10 in the past five games - the last four of which were a Subway Series sweep by the Mets. The Yankees, who mustered a Robinson Cano homer and three other hits in a 3-1 defeat Thursday, last dropped six in a row in a season May 11-16, 2011.
However, help appears on the way with Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis likely to be activated from the disabled list Friday.
"It could be a great boost for us,'' manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't want to put too much pressure on the guys coming back, but it depends on what kind of starts they get off to.''
Teixeira, who averaged 34 homers and 106 RBIs in his previous four sea...