Clay Buchholz (6-10, 5.42 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (82-64) meet Luis Cessa (4-1, 4.34 ERA) and the New York Yankees (77-69) in the second of a four-game division series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 7-5, and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and will air on NESN and WPIX.
In his last start, Buchholz pitched 3.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking four in an 11-8 victory over the Blue Jays. David Ortiz (.316, 72 Rs, 34 HRs, 114 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Yankees were unsuccessful against the Rays 4-2 the last time Cessa pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Starlin Castro (.275, 62 Rs, 21 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 4 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The Red Sox are 32-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 28-32 against their division.
The Boston batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. New York has a record of 27-45 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 9-39. The Yankees have a 15-57 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 166 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 190.
Ranking 19th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 423 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 496.
The Red Sox are 69-43 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 59-35 record.