8/7 – Yankees vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (62-45)
Pitching: Josh Beckett (13-4, 3.27)
Pitching: A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.89)
FROM THE GAME NOTES
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the second game of a four-game series vs. the Boston Red Sox tonight at Yankee Stadium…are 1-0 on this seven-game homestand, also featuring three games vs. Toronto (Monday-Wednesday)…went 5-4 on their just-completed nine-game, 10-day road trip, taking two-of-three at Tampa Bay, losing three of four at Chicago-AL and sweeping Toronto in a two-game set…following this homestand, return to the road for a season-long 11-day, 10-game road trip (Seattle-4G, Oakland-3G, Boston-3G)…the Yankees are in a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 33 games in 34 days from 7/17-8/19 (are 15-5 thus far)…are 23-18 (.561) against the AL East this season and 43-24 (.642) vs. the rest of Baseball.
OF LATE: The Yankees have won 15 of their last 20 and 28 of their last 38 games…have won 51 of their last 76 overall games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak from 5/13-21 to start the stretch…have compiled two winning streaks of at least eight games in the same season for the first time since 2003.
TO THE TOP: The Yankees own the second-best record in the Majors behind Los Angeles-NL (67-42) and are tied with the Dodgers and Angels for the fewest losses in the Majors…are a season-high 24 games over .500 and 3.5 games ahead of Boston for first place in the AL East, matching their largest division lead of the season…have been in first place (shared or sole possession) for 31 days this season, including each of the last 18…surpassed the Red Sox for sole possession of first place in the Division with 7/21 win vs. Baltimore…reached 60 wins in under 100 games for the first time since 2004…the Yankees did not reach higher than 17 games above .500 during the 2008 season…have not been this many games over .500 since the final day of the 2006 season (94-68, 26 games over .500).
HOME BODIES: The Yankees have won 10 of their last 11 games at Yankee Stadium and 15 of their last 18 home games…at 36-17 (.679), own the best home winning percentage in the AL, trailing only San Francisco (37-16, .698) among all Major League clubs…won a season-high eight straight at home from 7/17-24 to start the second half and are 21-10 at home since 5/15 (Alex Rodriguez’s first game at Yankee Stadium), after beginning the year 5-8 at Yankee Stadium.