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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Yankees took three of four from the Red Sox when the clubs met in New York April 10-13. But the Red Sox have won their last three, and four of their last five, home games in this series.
  2. New York is 5-5 on the road so far this season. The Yankees are averaging 4.1 runs per game in those contests, but have hit a home run in just two of the 10.
  3. Boston has struggled at the plate with runners in scoring position so far this season. The Red Sox are batting just .209 with RISP overall and .178 with RISP and two outs. Those averages rank 25th and tied for 23rd, respectively, in MLB.
  4. It would be unusual to see many free passes issued by today's scheduled starting pitchers. Masahiro Tanaka leads all qualifying starting pitchers in the American League in strikeout-to-walk ratio, having walked just two batters and struck out 28 in 22.0 innings of work (14.00). Jon Lester, meanwhile, ranks fourth among AL qualifying starting pitchers with a 7.25 K/BB ratio (4 BB, 29 K in 29.0 IP).
  5. Jacoby Ellsbury will be playing his first game at Fenway Park as a visiting player; he is a lifetime .308 hitter at that park. Ellsbury, who had 241 stolen bases in his seven seasons with Boston, has eight SB so far in 2014 -- which is exactly how many the Red Sox have managed as a team.
  6. Carlos Beltran went 6-for-15 (.400) with four runs scored, four extra-base hits (including two home runs) and four RBI against the Red Sox in the series at Yankee Stadium earlier this month. He is a lifetime .327 batter at Fenway Park, with four homers and 16 RBI in 25 games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/22/2014 thru 4/24/2014

By ALAN FERGUSON

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Jacoby Ellsbury will make his highly anticipated return to Fenway Park when the New York Yankees renew their rivalry with Boston.

The Red Sox will also get their first look at Yankees pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka in Tuesday night's opener to a three-game series.

Ellsbury spent his first seven seasons with the Red Sox, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2005. His best performance came in 2011, when he became the only Boston player with at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases and finished second in the AL MVP voting. After helping Boston win the 2013 World Series, the outfielder signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees in December.

"I always enjoyed playing there," Ellsbury told the Yankees' website. "I still have a lot of friends over there. I'm looking forward to it. I'll have some family there (at Fenway), as well."

Ellsbury is hitting .338 for his new club and was 5 for 14 against his former team as New York took three of four from Boston in the Bronx from April 10-13.

The Yankees (11-8) are back home after a 5-1, 12-inning victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday to split a four-game set.

Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) struck out 10 for the second straight game Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander gave up two bunt singles - including one awarded after a replay - and one walk over eight innings.

Tanaka has 28 strikeouts and two walks in his first three starts. The strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts, and Stephen Strasburg's 41 strikeouts in 2010 are the most by any pitcher in his first four MLB starts since at least 1914.

"I'm sure that the fans will be heated up a bit," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I've seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there's a rivalry between the two teams going into the game. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I'm very much looking forward to it."

Tanaka will face a Red Sox team that's hitting .238 and has one of the AL's worst slugging percentages at .361. Boston (9-11), however, produced 20 runs in its four-game series against Baltimore and 11 hits in two contests.

The Red Sox had to settle for a split after its comeback from a six-run deficit fell short in a 7-6 loss on Patriots' Day and the first running of the Boston Marathon since last year's bombing.

"Special day. ... Of course, we wanted to go out there and win," first baseman Mike Napoli told the team's website. "We fought hard, but it fell short. But we've got a big series (vs. the Yankees) coming up. We'll take it one day at a time and try to get on track."

Scheduled starter Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17) gave up one run over eight innings while fanning a season-high nine in a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. In his prior outing, he yielded two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox dropped the next two games in that series but won six of nine matchups at Fenway in 2013.

Derek Jeter, riding a 10-game hit streak, is 22 for 66 all-time against Lester. Ichiro Suzuki has 11 singles in his last 26 at-bats versus the left-hander.

Updated April 21, 2014

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