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Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jon Lester vs. CC Sabathia

07.28.12 at 10:09 am ET
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Jon Lester will take the mound for the Red Sox against the Yankees for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon, going up against New York lefty CC Sabathia.

In his most recent outing, Lester tossed four innings and allowed 11 runs and four home runs as the Red Sox lost 15-7 to the Blue Jays. On the season Lester is 5-8 with a 5.46 ERA.

Boston has lost Lester’s last four starts, and the lefty allowed 22┬ácombined┬áruns over that stretch. His last win came a month ago, on June 27, when he allowed four runs in seven innings en route to a 10-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

He last took the mound against the Yankees on July 8 at Fenway. He allowed four earned runs and lasted 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox lost 7-3. Nick Swisher leads Yankees batters with eight RBIs in his career against Lester and Derek Jeter has a .365 batting average against the southpaw.

The Yankees lost Sabathia’s last start, 5-4 to the Athletics. He allowed three runs and struck out six through seven innings. It was Sabathia’s second start since coming off the DL, making the lefty 1-1 since his return.

His first game off the DL was a 6-1 victory over Toronto, when Sabathia threw six innings and allowed zero runs.

The 32-year-old will be making his first start against the Red Sox this season. He has pitched against 11 current Red Sox batters, surrendering seven RBIs to Jacoby Ellsbury. In 71 plate appearances against Sabathia, Carl Crawford is batting .319.

Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP)

Carl Crawford (71 plate appearances): .319 BA/.338 OBP/.449 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (39): .229/.308/.257, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 13 strikeouts

Nick Punto (39): .167/.211/.194, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Kelly Shoppach (33): .286/.394/.536, 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts

Adrian Gonzalez (29): .200/.310/.320, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (28): .250/.321/.417, 1 double, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

Mike Aviles (13): .462/.462/.538, 1 double, 1 RBI

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (13): .250/.308/.333, 1 double, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Ryan Sweeney (11): .125/.364/.125, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Cody Ross (1): .000/.000/.000

Yankees vs. Lester (LHP)

Derek Jeter (56 plate appearances): .365 BA/.411 OBP/.423 SLG, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts

Robinson Cano (51): .255/.294/.340, 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts

Nick Swisher (48): .289/.404/.553, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts

Mark Teixiera (41): .243/.317/.351, 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts

Andruw Jones (30): .318/.467/.455, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 8 strikeouts

Ichiro Suzuki (3): .276/.300/.483, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Curtis Granderson (25): .261/.320/.391, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

Jayson Nix (16): .357/.438/.857, 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

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

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

Chris Stewart (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

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