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Yankees At Red Sox: Bombers Trying For Home Field

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox will try to play spoiler this weekend, when they wrap up their regular season with a three-game set against a New York Yankees team that will be targeting an American League East title at Fenway Park.

New York, which clinched a spot in the postseason earlier in the week, enters tonight's matchup tied atop the division standings with the Tampa Bay Rays, who will be in Kansas City.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 94 65 .591 0 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 94 65 .591 0 Lost 2
Boston 87 72 .547 7 Lost 3
Toronto 83 76 .522 11 Won 2
Baltimore 63 95 .398 30.5 Won 1

(updated 10.1.2010 at 12:32 PM EDT)


The Yankees, though, must finish a game ahead of the Rays if they want to win the AL East outright since Tampa Bay, which has also clinched a playoff berth, won the season series, 10-8.

Tonight New York turns to left-hander Andy Pettitte, who will be making his third start since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a groin injury. Pettitte has been battling a sore back as well and was roughed up in his last start on Friday against the Red Sox, who battered him for seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is 9-6 with a 4.72 ERA, will pitch for Boston. Matsuzaka pitched well against the Yankees on Sunday but did not get a decision, as he allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings. He also struck out seven in his team's 4-3 loss.


Current Series

3 game series vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park

New York Yankees
@ Boston Red Sox

Friday, Oct 1, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Andy Pettitte vs Daisuke Matsuzaka

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

 

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