Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Friday, May 31, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Boston: Lester (6-1, 3.34 ERA)
- New York: Sabathia (4-4, 3.96 ERA)
The New York Yankees would like to think that the return of Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will help them end their season-high five-game slide.
It doesn’t matter who plays tonight, the Yanks have to work hard tonight if they want to end Lester’s success in the Bronx when they meet the archrival Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees (30-23) has been outscored 24-10 in the past five games — the last four of which were a Subway Series sweep by the Mets. The Bronx Bombers, who produced a Robinson Cano homer and three other hits in a 3-1 loss Thursday, last dropped six in a row in a season May 11-16, 2011.
The 33 year-old Teixeira, who averaged 34 homers and 106 RBIs in his previous four MLB seasons, has yet to play after injuring his wrist during the World Baseball classic.
The ex- Boston infielder, Youkilis, was batting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games before he went on the DL on April 30 with a back injury.
YouWager experts believe that both star players could help the Yankees avenge their first series with the Red Sox (33-22), which took two of three in the Bronx to open the season. Boston has moved two games up on New York for the AL East lead.
Lester (6-1, 3.34 ERA) has gone 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 14 starts at New York, and 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three there. The left-hander yielded two runs and struck out seven in five innings of a season-opening 8-2 win April 1.
Nevertheless, the 2x All-Star has given up 10 runs and 17 hits in 13 innings to go 0-1 in his last two starts after posting a 2.72 ERA in the first nine. Lester struck out a season-high eight but gave up four runs and 10 hits in seven innings of a 7-4 victory versus the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
The Yankees will be sending CC Sabathia (4-4, 3.96) to the mound this evening. The 32 year-old also had many difficulties in his latest two outings, giving up 11 runs and 19 hits in 13 1/3 innings while going 0-1. The lefty allowed a season-high seven runs in seven innings of an 8-3 defeat against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.