Ready for a showdown at Fenway

Just about all you can ask of a weekend series between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Fenway Park is to show up today with the American League East standings reading as follows:

          W   L   PCT  GB
New York 68  42  .618  --
Boston   68  42  .618  --

It has all the makings of a showdown in Boston, a battle for first place, and hopefully it lives up to the hype tonight as Bartolo Colon starts for New York opposite Jon Lester.

New York is just 1-8 this year against Boston and has been outscored 60-37 by the Red Sox thus far, but what will that mean for the rest of the weekend (CC Sabathia vs. John Lackey on Saturday; Freddy Garcia vs. Josh Beckett on Sunday)? Wait and see.

“I’m a rivalry guy. I love that stuff,” Nick Swisher said. “You’ve got to love going into some tough environments and pulling off wins. That’s what you want to go in there and do. Obviously, they have a great team, they’ve proved that, but we’ve got a pretty good team over here. So it’s going to be a good battle, and we’ve got a long way to go.”

The Yankees have won seven straight and 10 of 12, coming off a pretty convincing four-game sweep of the White Sox in Chicago. By the way, they’re 17-7 without the services of Alex Rodriguez, who continues to work out in Tampa.

“It’s impressive the way they do it,” David Ortiz said. “They don’t have Alex right now. Not every single starter in their rotation is doing that good but CC. I watch the way they win games and bounce back. To do it the way they’re doing, it’s been impressive.”

We’ll have much more coverage as things get underway here in Boston.

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