…At Fenway Park
It is perhaps the most historic rivalry is all of sports. From “the Sultan of swat” to the “Grey Eagle.” From “Joltin Joe” to the “Splendid Splinter.” The hatred and respect ignite long summer nights. Like red wine these clashes seem to get better with age. When their horns are locked all of baseball watches with admiration. The series is even and rubber match pits CC Sabathia against Rick Dempster
-Sabbathia is 9-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 career starts vs. Boston. He is also 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA is his last three starts. CC is 9-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts this season.
-Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-6 against CC this season and 13-for-43 with a pair of RBIs in his career.
-Jose Iglesias is 4-for-5 this season and 0-for-3 last season.
-Big Papi is 11-for-52 with a pair of homers.
-Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava have also taken Sabbathia deep.
-Dempster is 0-5 with a 7.29 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees. He 0-0 with eight earned runs 14.3 innings in his last three starts. Dempster is 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts this season.
-Yankees skipper Joe Girardi was a career 1-for-10 against Dempster.
-Robinson Cano is 1-for-6 with three walks and two strikeouts.
-Lyle Overbay is 3-for-9 with six walks and four strikeouts.
-Brett Gardner is 2-for-6 with a homer.
-Vernon Wells is 3-for-9.
The Yankees are currently six games back of the division leading Red Sox. Injuries have appeared all of the Yankee lineup like broken bottles outside of a frat house. Jeter was briefly back and now A-Roid looms like pregnant ex-girlfriend. Robinson Cano continues to hit like a leaf blower in a neighborhood full of rakes.
The Red Sox have shaken the Valentine stigma and they are playing like possessed desperate warriors who never want the battle to end. Outfielder Daniel Nava has been fire stoker with 10 homers 52 RBIs. That is impressive considering he wasn’t any everyday player at the start of the season.
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