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The New York Yankees have yet to end their woes against the
Boston Red Sox and might not have Mark Teixeira’s help during their
The slugger’s status is unknown for Wednesday night when the
Yankees try to avoid giving up first place to their AL East
New York’s 6-4 defeat in Tuesday’s series opener was its sixth
in seven games with Boston this season, and the Yankees suffered
another loss in the first inning of that contest.
With his team trailing 3-0, Teixeira was hit on the right knee
by a pitch from Jon Lester and left the game. Subsequent X-rays,
however, were negative and the first baseman, who has a team-best
18 homers and 41 RBIs, will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
“He’ll be day to day. Will he play tomorrow? I doubt it,”
manager Joe Girardi said. “It’ll take a couple of days,
Teixeira’s replacement, the struggling Jorge Posada, had a
season-high three hits and an RBI in the ninth inning. The Yankees,
though, couldn’t get any more as Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon earned
his 200th save in a major league-record 359 appearances – 23 fewer
than New York closer Mariano Rivera.
“The No. 1 thing I’m trying to do is go back and be sharp, get
confidence back under my belt. So it’s a big deal,” said Papelbon,
who is playing during his appeal of a three-game suspension for
making contact with an umpire.
Despite the loss, New York (33-25) remained percentage points
ahead of the Red Sox (34-26), who seek a fifth straight win overall
and 10th in 12 road games Wednesday.
Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.40 ERA) will try to continue his recent
resurgence. The veteran knuckleballer is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA since
returning to the rotation May 22 but missed out on a win Wednesday
when he gave up four runs over his final three frames to the
Chicago White Sox.
He’s 2-0 in his last four starts against the Yankees despite a
4.71 ERA. Wakefield gave up five runs over five innings to New York
on Oct. 2 and did not get a decision in a 6-5 defeat.
A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.86) is also seeking a third straight win as
well as his first over the Red Sox in a Yankee uniform. He earned
his previous victory against Boston on Sept. 13, 2008, while with
The right-hander, though, appears poised to end that drought as
he’s given up less than three runs in consecutive starts for the
first time this season. He allowed only a two-run homer over seven
innings Wednesday against Oakland to claim his first win in 11 road
Burnett yielded three hits and struck out five in that outing
but hasn’t been nearly as successful in recent matchups with
Boston, going 0-3 with a 7.59 ERA in his last eight. He faced the
Red Sox one other time at the new Yankee Stadium and pitched a
one-hitter over 7 2-3 innings on Aug. 7, 2009.
To produce a similar outing Wednesday, he might have to be
careful with David Ortiz. The Red Sox slugger is batting .414 over
his last 18 games and hit his seventh home run during that span in
Tuesday’s victory, Boston’s seventh in its last eight at the new
Ortiz is hitting .310 against New York this season and has
homered in each of the past two matchups. He’s 10 for 39 (.256)
with three homers and 12 strikeouts in his career versus
Derek Jeter, meanwhile, has gotten 31 of his 2,988 career hits
against Wakefield, his most against one pitcher. Alex Rodriguez has
also hit seven home runs off him, the most the right-hander has
allowed to any active hitter.