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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Darnell McDonald In Right Against CC Sabathia

The Red Sox and Yankees are ready to kick off another installment of their rivalry, complete with rotations lined up specifically for the all-important matchup. As such, it will be CC Sabathia taking the mound for the first game of the series.

Of course, that can't be terribly encouraging for the Yankees given past results, but more on that later. 

For now, we'll focus on the lineups, complete with Darnell McDonald in right field to try and pack as many righties into the lineup as possible. 

Boston Red Sox (82-51)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, SS
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, 3B
  7. Carl Crawford, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Darnell McDonald, RF

The Yankees will not have Alex Rodriguez in the lineup at least for today, and possibly not for the entire series as the third baseman deals with a sprained thumb. They will, however, have Derek Jeter despite a banged-up knee.

New York Yankees (80-52) 

  1. Brett Gardner, LF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Curtis Granderson, CF
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Eric Chavez, 3B
  8. Jorge Posada, DH
  9. Francisco Cervelli, C
Pitching Matchup: CC Sabathia (17-7, 2.99 ERA) vs. John Lackey (12-9, 5.98 ERA)

It's an ugly matchup on the surface, but it gets a lot nicer when you actually consider the season-to-date. After all, the Yankees' ace is an impressive 0-4 against Boston this year with a tidy 7.20 ERA against them. Every time he seems to come in ready to dominate, and every time they send him home with a bruised eye. He could buck the trend this time, but with the Boston offense on fire, the table isn't exactly set.

John Lackey, on the other hand, exorcised some of the demons from his early-season disaster against New York with a quality start against them last time. Lackey hasn't been good this month, per se, but he's kept games close enough that the Red Sox seem to always have a shot to win. With the Yankees' offense providing the competition, the Sox will be all-too-happy to have that again.