7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Boston: Doubront (10-6, 3.89 ERA)
New York: Pettitte (10-9, 4.01 ERA)
Andy Pettitte could have given four straight victories to his New York Yankees if their bullpen hadn’t surrendered a lead in his last start.
In an attempt to impress YouWager experts the Boston Red Sox didn’t want to make that their most recent blown lead and got Mariano Rivera in the opener of this four-game set in the Bronx.
The wild card-chasing Bronx Bombers will try to get back on track tonight behind Pettitte, who will be opposed Felix Doubront.
The Yankees (75-65) were one strike away from winning last night before Stephen Drew singled home the tying run off Rivera in the ninth inning. Shane Victorino added a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th for Boston’s third straight win and 10th in 12 games, 9-8.
New York was close to a dramatic win, rallying from a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. However, they remained 2 1/2 games behind the Rays for the AL’s second wild card.
Tonight the Yanks will be one reliever short in the bullpen since manager Joe Girardi said right-hander Shawn Kelley is out until next week because of inflammation in his triceps.
Pettitte (10-9, 4.01 ERA) will try to help the Yankees bounce back after going 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last four outings. The veteran allowed two runs over six-plus innings Sunday when New York allowed seven in the seventh inning of a 7-3 defeat versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Pettitte began his streak by yielding three unearned runs to earn a 10-3 victory at Boston (85-57) on Aug. 16, improving to 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts versus the Red Sox in 2013.
The lefty was opposed last month by Doubront (10-6, 3.89), who allowed seven runs over four innings to fall to 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three 2013 starts versus the Yankees.
Doubront won his next two outings before lasting 3 2/3 innings and giving up four runs Sunday in a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
This left-hander owns good career numbers against numerous Yankees. Robinson Cano is 2 for 18 against him and Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Reynolds and Ichiro Suzuki are all 2 for 13.
David Ortiz is a .371 regular-season hitter against Pettitte and Jacoby Ellsbury is at .333. Dustin Pedroia is a .229 hitter versus Pettitte and mired in a 6-for-32 slump.
Boston’s speed was pretty evident for oddsmakers in the ninth when pinch runner Quintin Berry stole second before Drew drove him in.
Boston leads Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 games in the AL East.