It's still a long shot but the Red Sox can keep alive their dream of catching the New York Yankees if they finish a three-game sweep Sunday night.
Boston has taken the first two games of the series, riding Jon Lester to a 7-3 win Saturday afternoon.
Daisuke Matsuzaka will look to break out of his doldrums when he goes for the Sox. Phil Hughes is on the mound for New York.
Red Sox (86-68) at Yankees (92-63)
Sunday, Sept. 26, 8:05 p.m.
Yankee Stadium, Bronx
The teams have split 14 meetings this season.
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86 ERA) vs. RHP Phil Hughes 17-8, 4.38 ERA)
The struggling Matsuzaka has gone seven straight outings without recording a quality start. He nearly had one his last time out against Baltimore before Daniel Bard allowed a pair of inherited runners to come in.
Matsuzaka has walked 13 men in his last three starts and has lasted at least seven innings just once during the seven-game slump. The right owns an unsightly 6.31 ERA in eight starts vs. New York.
Sunday night's start was supposed to belong to Dustin Moseley after the Yankees decided to push Hughes back to Wednesday. But the powers that be in New York met on Saturday night and decided to go back to the original plan which would have Hughes on the mound for the series finale.
The 24-year-old righty has thrown a career-high 169 1/3 innings and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Sox this season.
|Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Lance Berkman, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Brett Gardner, LF
Many fans, observers and pundits gave up on the Red Sox several weeks ago. With a win Sunday they might be forced to pay attention once again. With a loss, however, it is just about over. That's how thin the margin for error is.
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