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  W: C. Sabathia (3-2)   L: F. Doubront (1-3)
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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 ELI KABERON

STATS Writer

(AP) -- The New York Yankees could use a lot less drama from their starting pitcher when they hit the field for the series finale against their biggest rivals.

Veteran left-hander CC Sabathia takes the hill Thursday as New York tries to move past an embarrassing incident and win its three-game set against Boston at Fenway Park.

Michael Pineda started for the Yankees (12-9) in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox but was ejected with two outs in the second inning for using a foreign substance. The right-hander appeared to have pine tar on his neck and was also suspected of using the substance to improve his grip of the ball in New York's 4-1 win over Boston on April 10.

Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't alert umpires to the substance on Pineda's right hand in that game, but he did bring it up Wednesday. Pineda, who had allowed four hits and two earned runs, was tossed by home plate umpire Gerry Davis after he was examined.

Pineda was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday.

"He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete."

John Lackey needed no such help for Boston (10-12), working eight sharp innings and striking out 11. Mike Napoli had three hits for the Red Sox.

The Yankees could use a quality outing from Sabathia (2-2, 5.19 ERA) in the wake of the pine tar moment, which has led to suspensions of as much as 10 games in similar circumstances.

Sabathia had his best start his last time out in a 10-2 win over Tampa Bay on April 17. He allowed one earned run over seven innings with eight strikeouts, a crisp performance that was almost unnecessary while the Yankees piled up a season-high 16 hits.

"For these guys to come out and swing the way they did, I wanted to put some shutdown innings together," Sabathia said afterward. "I was able to do that and get the win."

It was a much better showing than when he faced the Red Sox on April 11 at Yankee Stadium. Sabathia allowed a pair of homers in the sixth inning of that contest, which accounted for all of Boston's runs in its 4-2 victory.

The loss dropped Sabathia's record versus the Red Sox to 8-8 since he joined the Yankees prior to the 2009 season. His career ERA of 5.47 at Fenway is his highest for any active American League ballpark.

The Red Sox will counter with Felix Doubront (2-2, 5.48 ERA), who lost to the Yankees on April 13 when he walked three and struck out just two over 6 2-3 innings while also allowing a two-run homer to Carlos Beltran.

Doubront bounced back from that outing with a strong start Saturday, striking out a season-high seven but failing to get a decision in Boston's 4-2 win over Baltimore.

The Red Sox offense has picked it up of late with double-digit totals in hits in two of the last three games after recording 10 or more in a game just once between April 9-20. The lineup may also get a boost from the return of Shane Victorino, who could be activated from the disabled list prior to the finale versus the Yankees.

"There has been a more consistent approach, up and down the lineup," manger John Farrell said. "Hopefully Vic's return at some point - whether that is (on Thursday) - will add to that."

Updated April 24, 2014

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