The Red Sox are out for a series win against the hated New York Yankees as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Hiroki Kuroda.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Junichi Tazawa keeps the Sox in save range of the Yankees in the eighth, but they're staring a loss in the face right about now.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- The Sox are just three outs away from being the victims of a near-perfect revenge game. 4-1 was the score last night, with the one run coming from a solo shot.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Andrew Miller does a good job in the bottom of the seventh, making up for a walk to Robinson Cano by striking out the next two batters he faced.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- A breaking ball hangs just a bit too high in the bottom half of the zone to Adrian Gonzalez, and he gets all of it, sending a long homer to right field--his second in two nights. Gonzalez has been much more consistent with his homers since July then he was in the first half of the year or in 2011, avoiding long droughts.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, End 6th -- Believe it or not, the fourth run comes on another Ichiro Suzuki home run. If Ichiro had played his whole career with that short right porch, he may have been a real monster at the plate.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 6th -- More impotence from the Red Sox lineup, as Hiroki Kuroda enjoys a 1-2-3 sixth. He's at 89 pitches, at least, so the Sox might see him tire some, but it's been a real struggle to get anything off of him.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- Josh Beckett gets into and out of a huge mess. With two singles and a walk loading the bases with just one out, Beckett fell behind Eric Chavez 3-0 and offered up a fastball over the plate to Eric Chavez. Much to Beckett's relief, Chavez managed only a pop-up into foul territory, getting the Boston starter his second out and making Raul Ibanez' fly ball an inning-ender.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- Jarrod Saltlamacchia gives the Sox just their second hit of the game with a single to center. Once again, though, Hiroki Kuroda is up to the task of stranding the runner without taking any damage.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- Beckett offers up a bad fastball to Ichiro Suzuki, and Suzuki turns it into a no-doubt homer to right field. He can do that when he's really feeling like it, but it probably doesn't hurt that Beckett is just awful right now.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Three more ground balls have Hiroki Kuroda through the fourth. He's been unbelievable so far for the Yankees, much to Boston's chagrin.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Beckett coughs up another run in the third courtesy of another double from Derek Jeter, this time coming with one out. While Beckett manages to get the strikeouts he needs to escape the inning, they only come after a stolen base and wild pitch allow Jeter to come in to score the second New York run.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Nick Punto flairs a single into the outfield for the first Red Sox hit and baserunner of the night, but Jacoby Ellsbury strikes out behind him to end the inning.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Josh Beckett gives up some more loud contact, and Ryan Lavarnway gives Yankees fans something to jeer about when he airmails Nick Punto trying to go around the horn, but at least Beckett has a 1-2-3 inning under his belt.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Kuroda only gets better in the second, inducing a pop-up and ground ball around a strikeout of Ryan Lavarnway. The Sox need a Pedro Ciriaco at bat here real quick-like.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- Where Kuroda has been sharp, Josh Beckett has been miserable, and he too stays true to form in the first. His second pitch of the night is launched by Derek Jeter deep to center and over the outstretched arm of a running Jacoby Ellsbury for a double. While Beckett manages to strike out Robinson Cano after Nick Swisher moved Jeter to third, he couldn't keep the run out, giving up a line drive down the right field line to Curtis Granderson to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Red Sox 0, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- Not many pitchers have been hotter over the last month than Hiroki Kuroda, and he comes out of the gates with nothing lost. That Carl Crawford manages to battle off seven pitches before going down the eighth--on a ground ball like the other Boston batters--is the only positive.