Game 119: Yankees vs. Red Sox

NEW YORK YANKEES (70-48) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (58-61)
RHP Phil Hughes (11-10, 4.44) vs. LHP Franklin Morales (3-3, 3.29)
Friday, August 17 • 7:05 p.m. et • Yankee Stadium
Game #119 / Home Game #61 • TV: my9 / mlb net. • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Aviles SS
Scott Podsednik RF
Pedro Ciriaco 3B

Franklin Morales LHP (3-3, 3.29)

YANKEES
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Casey McGehee 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF

Phil Hughes RHP (11-10, 4.44)

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Boston Red Sox tonight at Yankee Stadium… is their second opponent on their current seven-game homestand, having taking three of four games vs. Texas from Monday-Thursday…  following this series, embark on a six-game road trip to Chicago-AL (3G) and Cleveland (3G)…  are in a stretch of 20 straight days without a scheduled day off from 8/3–22 (9-5 thus far)…  following this series, play 16 of their next 22 games on the road from 8/20-9/13.
ð At 70-48 (.593), own the best record in the AL, and the third-best in the Majors, trailing Washington (73-45, .619) and Cincinnati (71-47, .602)… are 22 games over .500, one game shy of their season high…  own a 6.0G lead in the AL East, matching the largest current division lead in the Majors (also Texas and Cincinnati).

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 26-12 (.684) in series openers this season… is the best winning percentage in series openers in the Majors in 2012… have won eight of their last 11… are 15-4 in home openers in 2012.

BEANEATERS: The Yankees begin a three-game series vs. Boston tonight… have hit 23 home runs in nine games vs. the Red Sox in 2012, outscoring them 67-46.
ð 1B Mark Teixeira has collected 18RBI in nine games vs. Boston this season…since 1960, only one Yankee (Roger Maris, 19RBI in 1961) has driven in more runs in a single season vs. Boston…the last Yankee to record at least 20RBI in a season vs Boston was Mickey Mantle in 1958 (22RBI).

SWISH-A-LISH: Three of RF Nick Swisher’s last 4HR—and four of his last seven—have given the Yankees the lead.
ð Went 5-for-17 with 4R, 2HR and 9RBI in the four-game series vs. Texas.
ð Has driven in at least one run and scored at least one run in each of his last five games (5R, 10RBI), marking the longest such stretch of his career and the longest by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez had a six-game stretch from 8/30-9/4/08.

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