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CC Sabathia is 17-3 with a 2.40 ERA this season, when facing anyone but the Red Sox. Against Boston? Well, after the 5-2 win in Fenway park, making it 3-13 in the Red Sox’s favor this year (that bad, huh?). Until this win, Sabathia was 0-4 against Boston this year, with a terrible 7.40 ERA.

With this win, the Yankees (81-52) are now 0.5 a game behind Boston (82-52) in the AL East and are riding a 3 game winning streak.

Good hitting from Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez and solid relief from Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera (35th save of the season) helped CC get the win in a tough night. The Red Sox got 13 hits to the Yankees’ 9, but were an awful 2-13 with runners in scoring positions. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out three times with the chance to bring in some runs. 16 Men were left on base when it was all said and done, with the Yankees leaving seven, hitting 3-8 with RISP. That was the difference I guess.

Alex Rodriguez, suffering from a sore left thumb and too much interest in his gambling life, sat out this one. He’ll probably miss the entire series, with a final battle for the AL East happening on September 23-25. Derek Jeter was back in the lineup, but went 0-5. He hasn’t had a hit in nearly a week, since the 5-12 loss against the Orioles.

As with every Yankee – Red Sox match up, tempers weren’t exactly cool, with four players getting hit by pitches. When John Lackey faced Francisco Cervelli in the seventh inning, he clocked him in the back, to clear the dug outs and get the Yankees’ pitching coach ejected. Yankees manager Joe Girardi also got thrown out in the ninth, after Mariano Rivera hit Saltalamacchia.

Next up in the series – Josh Beckett, 3-0 this year against the Yankees with a 1.00 ERA. Phil Hughes, pitching last in the 22-9 win against the A’s, not finishing the third inning didn’t do very well against Boston last time – Managed only 2.1 innings, allowing 7 runs and 3 walks with a 21.00 ERA.