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Game #133 -- Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

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Boston Red Sox

Julio Lugo,  CF
Dustin Pedroia,  2B
David Ortiz,  DH
Mike Lowell,  3B
Kevin Youkilis,  1B
J.D. Drew,  RF
Jason Varitek,  C
Coco Crisp,  CF
Eric Hinske,  LF

Josh Beckett,  RHP  (16-5,  3.21)


New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  LF
Derek Jeter,  SS
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  DH
Jorge Posada,  C
Jason Giambi,  1B   
Robinson Cano,  2B
Melky Cabrera,  CF

Roger Clemens,  RHP  (5-5,  4.34)


No surprise at all, but the Yanks catch a break with Manny Ramirez out of the lineup as a result of his recurring back spasms.  I'm sure his .180 (9-50) career average against Clemens probably made the decision to sit him a lot easier.

Clemens has pretty good career numbers against the Red Sox (8-5, 3.85 ERA in 19 starts).  He has pitched very well (3-1, 2.79 ERA in 7 starts) at Yankee Stadium this season but not so well on the road (2-4, 5.93 ERA in 8 starts).

Despite his record, Beckett has been pounded by the Yanks during his Red Sox career (3-2, 7.91 ERA in 6 starts).  He is 1-0, 5.54 ERA in 2 starts against the Yanks in 2007.

Yanks are 13-2 in games where Johnny Damon starts in LF.  

The featured graphic for tonight's game is the official mascot of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.