(Sports Network) -The Yankees cut the deficit to just a half-game in Tuesday's opener, as labored through six innings to get his 18th win of the year and finally beat the Red Sox in New York's 5-2 win.
will to keep the atop the American League East standings this evening when they continue their key three-game series against the at Fenway Park.
Beckett has dominated the Yankees this year, going 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four starts against them. He won his second straight start last Wednesday in Texas, as he held theto a run and four hits in six innings to improve to 11-5 on the year to go along with a 2.43 ERA.
In 11 home starts this season Beckett is 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA.
New York, meanwhile, will rely on inconsistent right-hander, who is 4-4 with a 6.46 ERA. Hughes was awful against Oakland on Thursday, as he lasted just 2 2/3 innings and was hit for six runs and seven hits. He escaped without a decision, though, as the Yankees went on to score 22 runs in the win.
Hughes absorbed the loss in a relief outing against the Red Sox back on August 7 and is just 2-4 lifetime against them with a 6.25 ERA in 15 games (seven starts).
The Yankees are expected to once again be without third baseman, who is nursing a thumb injury.