The Red Sox are going to walk away from this series against the Yankees with a lead in the AL East. Whether it's by just a half-game or two and a half games will be decided on Thursday night.

Tune in to NESN to see how the events will unfold, as Jon Lester looks to lead the Red Sox to their 12th win of the year over the hated Yanks. A.J. Burnett, who has an 11.12 ERA against the Red Sox this year, gets the ball for New York.

Pregame coverage with Tom Caron, Dennis Eckersley, Peter Gammons and Heidi Watney begins at 6 p.m., with first pitch coming shortly after 7 p.m.

Stay tuned after postgame coverage for NESN Daily, which will have all the highlights from the Patriots' preseason finale against the New York Giants.

Don’t forget to showcase your passion at Fenway Park on Sunday, Sept. 4 by bringing a sign to the game, creating one when you get there or submitting one from home. Fans who participate in Signs of Fenway have the chance to win great prizes including a meal with a Red Sox executive.  Learn more here.