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

04.11.14 at 8:44 am ET
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The Red Sox will look to bounce back after a controversial loss to the Yankees on Thursday when they send Jon Lester to the mound against CC Sabathia on Friday.

Lester is looking for his first win of the season when he takes the mound at Yankee Stadium. The southpaw, who is making his third start of the year, came away with the loss on April 6 when he gave up four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss.

Lester has not given up more than two earned runs in either of his outings this season.

“We created a number of opportunities obviously,” John Farrell said after the loss (via MLB.com). “I thought we squared up a number of balls that got knocked down by some gusty winds in the outfield. But we continue to create chances. I thought Jon Lester was in control of the ballgame here today. They made the most of the hits they put up.”

Lester battled Sabathia when he last took on the Yankees on Sept. 14, 2013. Lester came away with the win as he gave up just one earned run and scattered three hits and five strikeouts over eight innings. Sabathia struggled during his six innings as he gave up five runs on nine hits with four walks and five strikeouts in Boston’s 5-1 win.

Sabathia picked up his first win of 2014 on April 6 after he gave up four earned runs on seven hits during six innings against the Blue Jays — an improvement over his first outing of the year when he earned a loss after giving up six runs in six innings.

Lester is a career 11-5 against the Yankees with a 3.96 ERA and a WHIP of 1.40, while Sabathia has gone 10-11 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP against the Sox.

Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP)

David Ortiz (66 plate appearances): .230 AVG/.288 OBP/.377 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (58): .302/.362/.358, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts

Jonny Gomes (44): .250/.364/.389, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (34): .276/.382/.552, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts

A.J. Pierzynski (27): .222/.222/.407, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 strikeouts

David Ross (22): .333/.409/.722, 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (16): .167/.214/.417, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Ryan Roberts (11): .273/.273/.818, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Grady Sizemore (9): .286/.444/.857, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Mike Carp (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jonathan Herrera has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Sabathia.

Yankees vs. Lester (LHP)

Derek Jeter (69): .333/.391/.397, 1 double, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 5 walks, 11 strikeouts

Brian Roberts (51): .217/.294/.478, 6 doubles. 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 10 strikeouts

Ichiro Suzuki (49): .313/.327/.438, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Kelly Johnson (14): .000/.143/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Alfonso Soriano (13): .308/.308/.308, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Brett Gardner (12): .182/.250/.182, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Francisco Cervelli (7): .333/.429/.333, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Brian McCann (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout

Carlos Beltran (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 2 walks

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