The Boston Red Sox will visit the new Stadium for the first time in the storied rivalry tonight and tomorrow. The Yankees were swept last weekend, but went 4-2 since while the Red Sox went a mediocre 3-4 against the Indians and Rays. The Yankees sit 2 games behind Boston in the standings and winning both games will give the Yanks momentum and a tie in the standings.

The Yankees come off a pretty successful weekend series with the Angels, as they were able to take two of three. They are still lost when it comes to their bullpen, but between that and all the injuries, they are still formidable.

Boston is coming off of a rough weekend down in Tampa which saw the Rays take three out of four. (And, I’m just impressed that Carl Crawford stole 6 bases yesterday.) Boston’s starters have not lived up to expectations. However, their bullpen has. With Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen, and the rest of the arms out there the game is pretty much over if they have a lead after five or six. So far this season they are 10-0 when leading after five innings.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1:
Today @ 7:05 p.m. | TV/Radio: YES, ESPN, WCBS 880
Phil Hughes RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jon Lester LHP (1-2, 5.40 ERA)

Game 2: Tomorrow @ 7:05 p.m | TV/Radio: YES, WCBS 880
Joba Chamberlain RHP (1-0, 3.13 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett RHP (2-2, 7.22 ERA)

Players to Watch

YANKEES: Robinson Cano – Cano is SUPER-HOT. He is eighth in the majors with a .363 batting average. He also has hammered Red Sox pitching throughout his career. In 69 games against Boston in his career, Cano is batting .324/.349/.547, with 12 HR, 52 RBI, and 18 doubles. In the three games against the Sox up in Boston he batted .400/.375/.867 (6-for-15) with 2 HR, and 6 RBI.

Cano vs. Lester: .214/.214/.286 (3-for-14), 2B, RBI
Cano vs. Beckett: .364/.432/.667 (3-for-14), 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 2B

RED SOX: Jason Bay – Bay almost single-handedly swept the Yankees last weekend in Fenway, hitting .600/.714/1.100 with two doubles, a homer, six RBI, and scored four. The homer was the game tying shot off Mo in game one of the series and completely turned the series around. In 17 career games against the Yankees Bay is hitting .311/.380/.541 with 2 HR and 14 RBI.

Bay vs. Hughes: NR
Bay vs. Chamberlain: .600/.667/.800 (3-for-5). 2B, BB