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Red Sox vs. Yankees matchups, 4/6

04.06.10 at 1:08 pm ET
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So much for the pitching matchup.

Opening Night was supposed to be a showcase of two aces — the Red Sox’ Josh Beckett and the Yankees’ CC Sabathia — but instead it turned into a slugfest, with the Sox emerging with a 9-7 victory. Instead of the Sox showcasing their new defensive-minded team, the bats took center stage Sunday night.

Tuesday could be different, with Jon Lester going to the mound for the first time in the 2010 regular season to face A.J. Burnett. Which Lester we see, however, will play a factor in that. In 2008, the southpaw flummoxed the Yankees in his three starts, going 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA, including a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 Sox win.

But last season, Lester proved mortal against New York. He went 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA against the Yanks, including his last start against the Bronx Bombers on Sept. 25, when he gave up five earned runs in a 9-5 loss, pitching just 2-1/3 innings and limping away after taking a liner off his leg (narrowly avoiding a catastrophe as it just missed his kneecap).

Burnett’s path vs. Boston follows a similar arc. During his three-year stint as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, the hard-throwing righty was a Red Sox killer, going 5-0 over that period. But in his first season in a New York uniform, he was hit hard in his four starts against the Sox, going 0-2 with a whopping 8.84 ERA. He gave up at least five runs in three of the four games, including a particularly ugly nine-run outing in the fourth start in which he was tagged for three homers.

Control was a problem for the Yanks’ No. 2 starter, as he had 16 walks in those games. Still, Burnett did show flashes of his previous form against Boston in August when he allowed just one hit over 7-2/3 innings in a no-decision, despite allowing six walks. Even more so than Lester, which Burnett shows up on the mound will be the key in this game.

Red Sox vs. A.J. Burnett

Dustin Pedroia (34 plate appearances): .280 average/.471 OBP/.520 slugging, 2 home runs, 9 walks, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (34): .273/.294/.667, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

Kevin Youkilis (32): .259/.375/.370, 1 home run, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts

J.D. Drew (31): .269/.387/.385, 3 doubles, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts

Adrian Beltre (28): .231/.286/.500, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (25): .261/.292/.391, 1 home run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Victor Martinez (23): .235/.435/.294, 5 walks, 1 strikeout

Marco Scutaro (21): .316/ .381/.368, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Mike Cameron (13): .364/.385/.909, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Yankees vs. Jon Lester

Derek Jeter (26 plate appearances): .375 average/.423 OBP/.375 slugging percentage, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Robinson Cano (22): .227/.227/.318, 4 strikeouts

Nick Swisher (20): .133/.300/.400, 1 home run, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts

Alex Rodriguez (17): .250/.294/.688, 2 home runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Jorge Posada (14): .231/.286/.231, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Mark Teixeira (14): .286/.286/.500, 1 home run, 4 strikeouts

Likely starter Nick Johnson was retired in each of his three plate appearances vs. Lester as a member of the Nationals last season. The Sox starter has not faced two of the Yankees starters — Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.

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