Final
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Red Sox hope to salvage series behind Lester

Jul 27, 2008 - 2:43 PM NY Yankees (58-45) at Boston (60-45) 8:05 pm EDT

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox will hope to avoid a costly series sweep Sunday when they send Jon Lester to the mound against the arch rival New York Yankees.

The Yankees have been on fire of late, winning eight straight games since the All-Star break while averaging over six runs.

After taking the series opener with a 1-0 shutout on Friday, New York broke out the offense in a 10-3 drubbing on Saturday. Robinson Cano homered and drove in three to lead the attack while Andy Pettitte tossed six strong innings to earn the win.

Cano has been the offensive catalyst during the streak, hitting at a .514 (18-for-35) clip with three homers and 10 RBI.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, have dropped five of eight since the break and are now just one game ahead of the Yankees for second place in the AL East and 1 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays (60-42).

Lester (8-3, 3.20 ERA) may be the best candidate on the Boston staff to salvage the series with the way he is pitching. The 24-year-old lefthander has emerged as one of the more dominant pitchers in the American League this season, compiling a 7-1 record with a 2.50 ERA while striking out 71 and allowing just four homers in his last 100 innings - spanning 15 starts.

Lester has also had his way with the Yankees, pitching a five-hit shutout against them on July 3 at Yankee Stadium.

New York is scheduled to send Sidney Ponson (6-1, 4.02) to the mound. The hefty righthander has been solid since being picked up by the Yankees, going 2-0 and holding opponents to three runs or less in three of four starts since joining the team.

In 20 career starts against the Red Sox, Ponson is 3-11 with a 6.61 ERA.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
    BOSTON 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 x 9 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - SIDNEY PONSON, DAN GIESE (5TH) AND JOSE MOLINA, CHAD MOELLER
    (7TH)
    BOS - JON LESTER, MANNY DELCARMEN (8TH), MIKE TIMLIN
    (9TH) AND JASON VARITEK

    HOME RUNS:

    Jul 27 11:50 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MANNY RAMIREZ SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M RAMIREZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    BOSTON 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.285, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 2, Red Sox 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 27 11:07 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED JACOBY ELLSBURY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K YOUKILIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    BOSTON 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M RAMIREZ (.301, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Yankees 2, Red Sox 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 27 11:05 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BOBBY ABREU SCORED JOSE MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, D JETER ON SECOND, J DAMON
    ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    BOSTON 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.325, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 2, Red Sox 7  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 27 10:32 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED MELKY CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D JETER ON FIRST, J DAMON ON SECOND, J
    MOLINA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    BOSTON 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.281, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 1, Red Sox 7  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 27 10:29 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID ORTIZ (14) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF SIDNEY PONSON SCORED DUSTIN PEDROIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0, BOSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M RAMIREZ (.302, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Yankees 0, Red Sox 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 27 10:18 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON VARITEK SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VARITEK ON SECOND, J DREW ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BOSTON 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A CORA (.290, 1-FOR-1)

    Yankees 0, Red Sox 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 27 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DUSTIN PEDROIA SCORED ALEX CORA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ELLSBURY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.312, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 0, Red Sox 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 27 9:35 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED DAVID ORTIZ AND MANNY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BOSTON 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.287, 19 HR, 58 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Red Sox 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 27 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MANNY RAMIREZ SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M RAMIREZ ON SECOND, D ORTIZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BOSTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.285, 13 HR, 61 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Red Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 27 9:17 PM
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