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Red Sox vs. Yankees: Sox hoping homecoming helps

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After a rough road trip, the Sox need Fenway to provide them a boost.

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The Red Sox will have Mike Napoli back in the lineup and Felix Doubront on the mound as they return to Fenway Park, hoping that their home turf will bring better results.

Boston Red Sox (72-51)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Stephen Drew, SS
  7. Mike Napoli, 1B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

New York Yankees (62-58)

  1. Brett Gardner, CF
  2. Eduardo Nunez, SS
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  6. Vernon Wells, DH
  7. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  8. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  9. Chris Stewart, C

Starting Pitcher -- Andy Pettitte

The Yankees no longer seem to be the competition in the AL East, but that's not a reason to take them likely. They've picked up their most recent "suddenly ridiculously good old guy" in Alfonso Soriano, who has given them a 153 OPS+ in 74 plate appearances so far, and given how things work the newly-acquired Mark Reynolds will presumably hit 20 homers in the next month.

But Felix Doubront vs. Andy Pettitte seems like a pretty good matchup for the Red Sox. Even after the old Felix showed up in his last outing, lasting just four innings. So long as the Red Sox can actually find that big hit tonight and not strand 12 baserunners, they should stand a pretty good shot of getting back on track in Fenway Park.

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