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Sunday Night Baseball: Yankees at Red Sox

Steve Merril
It’s an AL East rivalry as the Red Sox host the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-120, 9)


CC Sabathia is 10-10 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.33 WHIP for the Yankees. The lefty has allowed 3 runs or more in seven straight games, including contests against light-hitting San Diego, Chicago, and Minnesota. He is coming off a victory against the Angels where he walked six batters which equaled the total he put up in his previous three starts. Sabathia was rocked in his last outing in Fenway back on July 21st giving up 7 runs and nine hits in five innings in an 8-7 Boston win. He did mix in a solid outing against the Red Sox back on May 31st where he struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings of work.


Ryan Dempster is 6-8 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the Red Sox. He has picked up no-decisions in seven of his last eight starts, including one against the Yankees at home on July 21st. He has struggled to get past the seventh inning; the righty has not done so in ten straight starts which puts pressure on the Boston bullpen. Dempster put forth a good effort in Toronto his last time out after allowing 12 runs and 16 hits against the Astros and Mariners in his previous two starts. Dempster’s only other start this season against New York came back on April 4th when he allowed 3 runs and five hits in five innings of work.


The names on these injury reports would cripple a lot of teams. New York is still without Derek Jeter who is dealing with a calf injury. The shortstop is eligible to return on Sunday, but he will not play. New York is also without Travis Hafner, Francisco Cervelli, Kevin Youkilis, and Mark Teixeira. Youkilis hopes to return from his back injury before the season ends.

Boston has their injuries on the pitching staff. Clay Buchholz is on a rehab assignment and he could return in September. Matt Thornton, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, and Joel Hanrahan are all out from the bullpen. Only Thornton is expected back from that group this season.

Yankees are 11-5 in Sabathia’s last 16 Sunday starts
Yankees are 22-6-1 Over in Sabathia’s last 29 Sunday starts

Red Sox are 6-0 in Dempster’s last 6 starts
Red Sox are 5-2 Over in Dempster’s last 7 home starts


Robinson Cano 2-for-8 vs. Dempster
Ichiro 2-for-9 vs. Dempster

Jonny Gomes 7-for-32 vs. Sabathia
David Ortiz 12-for-55 vs. Sabathia

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