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Two of CC Sabathia's three losses this year have come against the Boston Red Sox. Josh Beckett beat him both times.

Beckett looks to continue his history of outpitching the New York Yankees ace Thursday night when the Red Sox go for a three-game sweep and their longest road winning streak over their fiercest rival in nearly a century.

Sabathia (7-3, 2.80 ERA) lost both of his starts this season to Boston (35-26), yielding seven runs and 16 hits over 12 1-3 innings. Beckett (4-2, 2.01) has clearly outdueled the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, limiting the Yankees to six hits over 14 scoreless innings while striking out to win both matchups.

Boston is 6-1 when Beckett gets the ball opposite Sabathia, including two wins in the 2007 AL championship series as the Red Sox eliminated Cleveland, en route to their last World Series crown.

Beckett has gone 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA in those seven matchups, while Sabathia is 1-4 with a 6.05 ERA.

While Beckett is looking for a fourth consecutive victory over the Yankees (33-26), Boston is on the brink of its longest road winning streak in this series since an 18-game run from 1911-13, at Hilltop Park and the Polo Grounds.

The Red Sox extended their current winning streak at Yankee Stadium to five with an 11-6 victory Wednesday after taking Tuesday's three-game series opener 6-4.

Boston is 7-1 in the season series and leads the AL East by one game over New York.

"We play these guys so much. If you don't play well they're going to beat you," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter, batting .194 against Boston this year. "They've outplayed us. They have a good team. The bottom line is they can hit and they can pitch. They can do a little bit of everything."

Beckett, who will try to give Boston its second consecutive series sweep in the Bronx, is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA over his last seven starts. He appeared headed to another victory Saturday after allowing three runs and four hits in six innings, but the bullpen surrendered four runs in the ninth. The Red Sox eventually beat Oakland 9-8 in 14 innings.

Sabathia has been even more dominant lately, winning his last four starts while compiling a 1.60 ERA and throwing at least eight innings in each.

The left-hander was superb again Saturday, yielding two runs - one earned - before exiting with two outs in the ninth of a 3-2 victory at Los Angeles.

"CC's amazing. He's been a life-saver here for the last three years and an immovable rock," Alex Rodriguez said. "He's a guy who starts winning streaks for us and stops losing streaks."

Rodriguez is 6 for 29 with two solo homers in the season series with Boston. He's 1 for 10 in the first two games this week, with the lone hit a solo homer Wednesday.

The Yankees are batting .227 as a team versus the Red Sox in 2011.

David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury are pacing Boston offensively. Ortiz's has a pair of two-run homers in this series, while Ellsbury is 5 for 10 with two doubles, one homer and two RBIs.

Ortiz is batting .467 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games overall.

He and Ellsbury may need to carry the offense even more if Dustin Pedroia misses significant time. The second baseman was headed back to Boston on Thursday to have his sore right knee examined, and his status is uncertain.

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Probable Starters

Josh Beckett, RHP
2011 stats
76.0 Innings Pitched 93.1
4-2 Wins-Losses 7-3
2.01 Earned Run Average 2.80
28 Walks 26
67 Strikeouts 70
100 Pitches Per Start 110
Career vs. opponent
146.1 Innings Pitched 114.0
12-7 Wins-Losses 6-7
5.66 Earned Run Average 3.63

CC Sabathia, LHP
Weather
weather image  Scattered tstorms late. Mostly sunny. Extremely hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
98°F79°F6mph/W36%29%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Boston4th AL East4151.4469 ½ 3-7 W 2
NY Yankees3rd AL East4645.50545-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs CC Sabathia
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cameron198022.421
Youkilis2710156.370
Scutaro2910072.345
Saltalamacchia72003.286
Crawford61170113.279
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Josh Beckett
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cervelli42010.500
Colon31002.333
Cano6220359.323
Jeter7221249.292
Rodriguez59163714.271
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Boston 120 N.Y. Yankees -130
Injuries
Boston
PlayerInjury
M. CarpFoot
R. DempsterNeck
R. LavarnwayWrist
W. MiddlebrooksFinger
S. VictorinoHamstring, back
NY Yankees
PlayerInjury
C. BeltranNose, Concussion
I. NovaElbow
M. PinedaShoulder
A. RodriguezSuspension
C. SabathiaKnee
M. TanakaElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 7NYYNYY 4-2Kuroda Jimenez 
Apr 8NYYBAL 14-5Chen Nova 
Apr 9NYYBAL 5-4Matusz Kelley 
Jun 20NYYNYY 5-3Huff Britton 
Jun 21NYYBAL 6-1Norris Nuno 
Jun 22NYYBAL 8-0Tillman Tanaka 
Jul 11BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Jul 12BAL 4:05 PM EDT  
Jul 13BAL 8:05 PM EDT  
Aug 11BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 12BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 13BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 12BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 13BAL 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 14BAL 1:35 PM EDT  
Sep 22NYY 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 23NYY 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 24NYY 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 25NYY 7:05 PM EDT