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Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jon Lester vs. Ivan Nova

07.08.12 at 1:29 pm ET
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In the final game of the four-game series with the Yankees, the Red Sox will look to veteran Jon Lester to settle down a team that seems to be faltering entering the All-Star break.

Lester (5-5) has a 4.33 ERA and a 1.306 WHIP on the season while recording 88 strikeouts in 17 starts. These numbers are worse than they were at this point last season for Lester, who had a 3.43 ERA and 105 strikeouts in his first 17 starts in 2011. However, the lefty had a strong outing Tuesday in Oakland, only allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine through 6 2/3 innings pitched.

Against the Yankees in his career, Lester is 8-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 starts. One of the more interesting matchups on Sunday will be the battle between Lester and Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez only has six hits against Lester in his 37 plate appearances, but of those six hits, three are home runs and two are doubles.

Doing battle with Lester is young righty Ivan Nova, who has had a lot of success with the Yankees since arriving in the major leagues in 2010.

Nova (9-3) has a 4.05 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season in 16 starts. His numbers are better than they were last year, as Nova had a 4.26 ERA and 48 strikeouts through his first 16 starts in 2011, despite finishing with an impressive 16-4 record.

While Nova is only 25 and was a rookie last season (he appeared in 10 games with the Yankees the season before), Nova has had his fair share of dealings with the Red Sox lineup. One player he has had a lot of success with is Adrian Gonzalez, who had a career-high 17-game hitting streak entering Saturday night’€™s game. Nova has not allowed Gonzalez to record a hit in any of his nine plate appearances against him.

Yankees vs. Lester (LHP)

Derek Jeter (53 plate appearances): .347 BA/.396 OBP/ .408 SLG, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 10 strikeouts

Robinson Cano (48): .267/.292/.356, 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 8 strikeouts

Nick Swisher (45): .278/.386/.556, 2 home runs, 4 doubles, 11 strikeouts

Mark Teixeira (38): .206/.289/.294, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 13 strikeouts

Alex Rodriguez (37): .176/.243/.500, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 9 strikeouts

Andruw Jones (27): .316/.481/.474, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 7 strikeouts

Curtis Granderson (22): .238/.273/.381, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 10 strikeouts

Jayson Nix (14): .333/.429/.833, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Raul Ibanez (12): .333/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 5 strikeouts

Russel Martin (11): .286/.545/.286, 3 walks, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .273 BA/.333 OBP/.545 SLG, 1 home run, 1 walk, 2 RBIs

Adrian Gonzalez (9 plate appearances): .000/.111/.000, 1 walk, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Mike Aviles (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk, 1 RBI

Kelly Shoppach (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 strikeout

Ryan Kalish (3): .000/.667/.000 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Cody Ross (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Nick Punto (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000

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