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Open Thread: 8.19.06 vs. New York Yankees

Heartache reigns supreme in Red Sox Nation. In a do-or-die series, the team has laid down and died so far. Here's hoping for a win in this game to turn things around. We can still take the series 3-2 right? Right?!

Starting Pitchers

New York: Randy Johnson (13-9), 4.92 ERA, 1.26 WHIP.
Boston: Josh Beckett (13-7), 5.02 ERA, 1.27 WHIP.

Starting Lineups

New York:

  1. Johnny Damon, DH
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Jason Giambi, 1B
  5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  6. Robinson Cano, 2B
  7. Jorge Posada, C
  8. Bernie Williams, CF
  9. Melky Cabrera, LF
  1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  2. Mark Loretta, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Javy Lopez, C
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Wily Mo Pena, RF
  8. Gabe Kapler, CF
  9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
  • Coco gets the day off. Kapler takes his place in center field.
  • Javy Lopez is apparently batting fifth. He's posted a .333/.385/.417 line for his past four games, which is probably the reason for it.
  • Beckett has managed to give up less home runs lately, not allowing one in three of his last four starts. He does however have a different set of troubles now, pitching more than six innings in only one of his last eight starts.
  • Rudy Seanez was DFA'd after last night's game. This because of the acute need for a fresh arm in the pen following yesterday's two draining games. Jermaine Van Buren has been called up from Pawtucket to take his place.
  • Gammons will return to Fenway for the first time since his aneurysm for this game. Let's please make him proud.