Series: Game 2 of 4

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
in 10
NY Yankees8
Game 2: Friday, September 6
NY Yankees8
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
NY Yankees9
Game 4: Sunday, September 8
NY Yankees4

Red Sox 12

(86-57, 39-32 away)

Yankees 8

(75-66, 43-30 home)

    Coverage:  YES

    7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2013

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

    123456789 R H E
    BOS 010110540 12 15 0
    NYY 220220000 8 7 0

    W: B. Workman (5-2)

    L: P. Claiborne (0-2)

    Red Sox-Yankees Preview

    Andy Pettitte would have four straight wins for the New York Yankees had their bullpen not surrendered a lead in his last start.

    The Boston Red Sox made sure that wasn't their most recent blown lead by getting to Mariano Rivera in the opener of this four-game set in the Bronx.

    The wild card-chasing Yankees look to regroup Friday night behind Pettitte, who will face fellow left-hander Felix Doubront.

    New York (75-65) was one strike away from winning Thursday before Stephen Drew singled home the tying run off Rivera in the ninth inning. Shane Victorino added a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th for the Red Sox's third straight victory and 10th in 12 games, 9-8.

    "Just a character win, a team win," Boston manager John Farrell said.

    The Yankees were on the verge of a dramatic victory, rallying from a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. Instead they remained 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card.

    The frustration was evident when reliever Joba Chamberlain was ejected by first base umpire Joe West. Victorino was ruled to have checked his swing against Chamberlain right before the deciding hit.

    "It's frustrating because, you know what, I thought he went. But you have to be able to overcome things," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

    Pitching for the third straight day, Rivera suffered his sixth blown save. It's unlikely he will be available Friday.

    "We just blew it," Rivera said.

    The Yankees will also be one reliever short in the bullpen since Girardi said right-hander Shawn Kelley is out until next week because of inflammation in his triceps.

    Pettitte (10-9, 4.01 ERA) will try to help New York recover after going 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last four outings. He allowed two runs over six-plus innings Sunday when the Yankees allowed seven in the seventh inning of a 7-3 loss to Baltimore.

    The left-hander began his streak by yielding three unearned runs to earn a 10-3 win at Boston (85-57) on Aug. 16, improving to 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year.

    He was opposed last month by Doubront (10-6, 3.89), who allowed seven runs over four innings to fall to 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three 2013 starts versus the Yankees.

    Doubront won his next two outings before lasting 3 2/3 innings and giving up four runs Sunday in a 7-6 victory over the White Sox.

    He owns good career numbers against numerous Yankees. Robinson Cano is 2 for 18 against him and Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Reynolds and Ichiro Suzuki are all 2 for 13.

    David Ortiz is a .371 regular-season hitter against Pettitte and Jacoby Ellsbury is at .333. Dustin Pedroia is a .229 hitter versus Pettitte and mired in a 6-for-32 slump.

    Ellsbury singled and recorded his major league-best 52nd steal in the 10th ahead of Victorino's hit. The Red Sox's speed was on display in the ninth when pinch runner Quintin Berry stole second before Drew drove him in.

    The Red Sox lead the Rays by 6 1/2 games in the AL East.

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    Gameday Matchup

     BostonNew York
    Current StreakL2W3
    Last 105-55-5

    Pitching Matchup

    BostonNew York
    F. Doubront
    11-6, 4.32 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at BAL
    1.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND
    A. Pettitte
    11-11, 3.74 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at HOU
    9.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.BostonNew York
    1. S. Victorino, CF B. Gardner, CF
    2. J. Gomes, LF D. Jeter, DH
    3. D. Pedroia, 2B A. Soriano, LF
    4. D. Ortiz, DH R. Cano, 2B
    5. M. Napoli, 1B A. Rodriguez, 3B
    6. D. Nava, RF V. Wells, RF
    7. S. Drew, SS E. Nunez, SS
    8. D. Ross, C M. Reynolds, 1B
    9. W. Middlebrooks, 3B C. Stewart, C

    Research Notes

    The Yankees bear no resemblance to the old Bronx Bombers, but the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano has injected some much-needed power. He's already tied for 2nd on the team in HR and he's played just 39 games.
    This is the first time the Red Sox have won 2 straight games, allowing at least 8 runs in each game, since 1977 vs the Brewers.
    Will Middlebrooks homered in his 3rd consecutive game. It's the 10th time a Red Sox 3rd baseman has homered in 3 straight games in the live-ball era, but only the 3rd time since 1980!
    This is the first time the Yankees have lost 2 straight games, scoring at least 8 runs in each game, since 1949 against the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators. The only other time in the Live Ball era (since 1920) they have done this was in 1932 vs the St. Louis Browns.
    Brett Gardner gets his 10th triple of the season, becoming the 1st Yankee with 10+ triples, 20+ stolen bases and 30+ doubles in a season since Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1945
    Will Middlebrooks now has a HR in 3 straight games, the longest streak of his career.
    Mike Napoli's game-tying grand slam was calculated at 335 feet, and would have not been out of any other ball park. It was the shortest grand slam this season, and Napoli's shortest career home run.
    37-year old Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th home run of the season Friday against the Red Sox. This is Soriano's 4th season with 30 HR after turning age 30. That is tied for 3rd most among active players

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