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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jon Lester vs. David Phelps

10.02.12 at 3:00 pm ET
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After being swept by the Orioles over the weekend and after a disappointing start to the series with the Yankees, the Sox look to make it through the final two games with a chance to reach 70 wins on the season.

Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94 ERA) takes the ball for the final time this season. In a season that included the departure of Josh Beckett, many expected Lester would step up and be the Sox’ No. 1 starter. However, Lester has walked 67 batters and his ERA is nearly 5.00.

Lester has lost his last three starts, though he lacked run support. On Sept. 16, Lester gave up three runs in seven innings against the Blue Jays and the Sox lost that game 5-0. On Sept. 21, he pitched seven innings and allowed four runs against the Orioles. The Sox lost that game 4-2. In his most recent start, last Wednesday, Lester allowed just three runs through six innings. The Sox lost that game 4-2. His last win was against the Mariners on Sept. 4 when he went six innings and allowed three runs.

The Yankees send David Phelps (4-4, 3.34) to the mound. Phelps began the season in the bullpen, appearing in middle relief. His last appearance was in relief against the Blue Jays last Thursday. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in a game the Yankees won 11-4. His last start was Sept. 19 in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Jays. He had a strong outing, going 6 2/3 innings allowing just one run and striking out six in a game the Yankees won 2-1.

Red Sox vs. Phelps (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (9 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 double

Cody Ross (8): .125/.125/.500, 1 home run, 2 RBIs

Pedro Ciriaco (7): .429/.429/.429

Jacoby Ellsbury (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Scott Podsednik (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 walk

Mike Aviles (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Ryan Lavarnway (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Jose Iglesias (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

James Loney (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI

Daniel Nava (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Yankees vs. Lester (LHP)

Derek Jeter (66 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.394 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 11 strikeout

Robinson Cano (60): .218/.267/.291, 4 doubles, 5 RBIs, 4 walks

Nick Swisher (54): .318/.415/.568, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs

Mark Teixeria (44): .250/.318/.350, 1 home run, 4 RBIs

Alex Rodriguez (43): .179/.256/.513

Andruw Jones (39): .276/.436/.379, 6 RBIs, 9 walks

Ichiro Suzuki (35): .294/.314/.471,2 home runs, 3 RBIs

Curtis Granderson (34): .267/.353/.500, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs

Jayson Nix (24): .333/.391/.857, 5 RBIs, 5 strikeouts

Russell Martin (19): .231/.474/.308, 2 RBIs, 5 walks

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

Casey McGehee (7): .143/.143/.143

Eduardo Nunez (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 walk

Brett Gardner (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Francisco Cervelli (5): .250/.400/.250

Chris Stewart (4): .500/.333/2.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs

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