Game 83: Yankees at Red Sox

July 7, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET, Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM
YANKEES (50-32)
Derek Jeter DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix SS
Darnell McDonald CF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94)

RED SOX (42-41)
Daniel Nava LF
Pedro Ciriaco 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Mauro Gomez 3B
Ryan Kalish CF
Mike Aviles SS
Kelly Shoppach C
Brent Lillibridge RF

LHP Franklin Morales (1-1, 2.59)

UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Mark Carlson

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, which will be the second and third games of the current four-game series (Yankees won the opener on Friday, 10-8)… Game 1 today is a makeup from a 4/22 rainout at Boston… are 2-2 thus far on their seven-game road trip leading into the All-Star break, after going 1-2 at Tampa Bay… are in a stretch of 20 straight games against AL teams currently .500 or better (CLE, CWS, TB, BOS, LAA, TOR)… following the All-Star break, will have a six-game homestand, including three games vs. Los Angeles-AL (7/13-15) and three games vs. Toronto (7/16-18).

===>   At 50-32 (.610), own the best record in the Majors… are also a Major League-best 25-16 (.610) on the road… have a 5.5G lead in the AL East over second-place Baltimore (45-38), marking the largest division lead in the Majors.

===> Are 18 games above .500, tying their season high accomplished twice before (close of play on 7/1 and 6/27)… are 19-7 since 6/8, 24-9 since 5/30 and 29-11 since 5/22… have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 series dating to 6/1.

===> Are 19-9 in series openers and 18-9 in series finales, but just 13-14 in the middle games of a series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Yankees defeated Boston, 10-8, on Friday in a game that was tied at 5-5 after the end of the first inning… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that the teams combined for 10-or-more runs in the first inning

FROM THE TOP: In Friday’s 10-8 win at Boston, Yankees No. 1-5 hitters were 10-for-21 with 9R, 1 double, 2 triples and 6RBI.

DOUBLE DIP: The Yankees are scheduled to play their first day-night doubleheader of the season today at Boston…played five doubleheaders in 2011 (going 2-0-3), their most since 2006 (also five)…have gone 13-1-15 in doubleheaders since 2000, getting swept just once – on 9/17/06 vs. Boston at the original Yankee Stadium.

===> Doubleheaders vs. the Red Sox: Marks the third straight season the Yankees will play at least one doubleheader against Boston…have split each of the last three DHs against Boston, winning the first game and losing the second game each time (9/28/08 and 10/2/10 at Fenway, and 9/25/11 at Yankee Stadium)… last swept the Red Sox in a DH on 8/18/06 at Fenway Park (were the first two games in a five-game series sweep).

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