Red Sox Count On Tim Wakefield to Start Game One of Doubleheader With Yankees

Red Sox Count On Tim Wakefield to Start Game One of Doubleheader With Yankees The Red Sox and Yankees will make up for a rainout Friday night when they play a doubleheader Saturday.

The Sox, who entered the series throwing Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first game and Clay Buchholz in the second game, have altered their plans quite a bit. Tim Wakefield will throw the opener of the twinbill in place of Buchholz, who was scratched with lower back pain, and Matsuzaka will pitch in the nightcap.

The Yankees will stay in line with Andy Pettitte in the afternoon and A.J. Burnett at night.

New York enters one-half game ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League East race. Boston enters needing a sweep of the three-game weekend series in order to reach 90 wins for the fourth straight year.

Prior to Saturday's game the Sox will honor the retiring Mike Lowell as part of "Thanks, Mike Night" at the park.

WHEN AND WHERE

Yankees (94-65) at Red Sox (87-72)
Saturday, Oct. 2, 4:10 p.m. & 9:05 p.m.
Fenway Park, Boston

HEAD TO HEAD

The Yankees own an 8-7 series advantage.

PITCHING MATCHUP

LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Wakefield (4-10, 5.20 ERA), Game One

Wakefield will be called upon to make his 19th start of the season after Buchholz suffered a lower back strain throwing a side session Friday. The 44-year-old Wakefield is 4-9 with a 3.08 ERA as a starter, the last being a win in a five-inning effort against Tampa Bay on Sept. 8.

The knuckleballer has allowed one run in 9 1/3 innings of relief against the Yankees this year.

Pettitte will be making his third start since returning from the disabled list. He had a gem in Baltimore and then was knocked around by the Sox a week ago in Yankee Stadium.

In just 3 1/3 innings vs. Boston, Pettitte surrendered seven runs — six earned — and was on the losing end of a 10-8 slugfest. He is 18-10 lifetime against the Red Sox.

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.33 ERA) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.72 ERA), Game Two

Facing the Yankees on Sunday night in New York, Matsuzaka had his best start in nearly two months, allowing two runs on four hits in eight innings. Unfortunately, both runs came on a two-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, a shot which gave the Yanks the lead.

Matsuzaka has just one win in his last eight starts. His last win at home came Aug. 5 vs. Cleveland. The righty is 3-3 with a 5.70 ERA vs. New York in his career.

Burnett's wildly inconsistent campaign continued six days ago when he gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against Toronto. He is 3-8 with a 6.19 ERA since the All-Star break and the Red Sox are not the best opponent to help him break out of it.

The 33-year-old Burnett is 0-3 with a 9.40 ERA against Boston since he joined the Yankees before the 2009 season.

LINEUPS

Yankees Red Sox
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Texeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher,RF
Jorge Posada, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Ramiro Pena, 3B

Darnell McDonald, CF
Led Lowrie, SS
Victor Martinez, C
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Lowell, 1B
Bill Hall, RF
Daniel Nava, LF
Yamaico Navarro, 2B
Felipe Lopez, 3B

 

STAT SHEET

Red Sox

  • Catcher Victor Martinez is batting .400 (24-for-60) over his last 15 games.
  • Outfielder Darnell McDonald had his team-leading 12th sacrifice bunt Thursday night.
  • Outfielder Ryan Kalish has six stolen bases in his last 19 games. He had just one over his first 31.

Yankees

  • Third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit his 30th home run Wednesday to extend his own record of seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs to 14.
  • New York leads the majors with 47 comeback wins.
  • The Yanks have lost nine straight games started by left-handed pitchers.

BLACK AND BLUE

Red Sox

  • Second baseman Dustin Pedroia had season-ending surgery Sept. 3 on his broken left foot. He is expected to be fully healed for spring training.
  • Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) will not resume any baseball-related activities until after the season ends.
  • Center fielder Mike Cameron had season-ending surgery to repair an abdominal tear.
  • First baseman Kevin Youkilis had successful surgery to repair the torn right adductor muscle on his right hand. He will miss the remainder of the season.
  • Left-hander Felix Doubront has pain behind his left clavicle. He will not pitch again this season but hopes to throw a bullpen session before the regular season ends.
  • Right-hander Junichi Tazawa underwent Tommy John surgery in March. He is out for the year.

Yankees

  • Designated hitter Nick Johnson is out for the year with an inflamed right wrist tendon.
  • Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will not return due to a strained lower back.
  • Left-hander Damaso Marte is on the 60-day DL with left shoulder inflammation.

OUTLOOK

There will be plenty of pomp and circumstance surrounding Lowell's tribute and other end-of-year events and promotions. There will be plenty of sunshine after a miserable Friday night. And there will be plenty of baseball for those still starved for a bit of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

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