Friday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: John Lackey vs. Hiroki Kuroda

September 13, 2013 - 6:25 am

The Red Sox and Yankees kick off a three-game set at Fenway Park on Friday night in what will be the final series between the two rivals during the regular season. Taking the mound for the Red Sox is John Lackey, while Hiroki Kuroda gets the call for the Yankees. The teams last faced each other this past weekend, as the Red Sox scored 37 runs over the four-game series en route to taking three out of four games. Lackey (9-12, 3.48 ERA) started the third game of that series in what was an unusual start for both the right-hander and the Sox offense. Prior to Saturday's game, Lackey had only won one of his last nine starts, despite the fact that he only allowed 27 runs and 11 walks over those 62 innings of work. The chief reason for Lackey's poor record during that stretch was the Red Sox offense, which has failed to show up in many of Lackey's starts. The Red Sox have been shut out 12 times this season. Six of those times, it was when Lackey was the starting pitcher. However, in Lackey's last start on Saturday, it was a complete reversal. Lackey put together a poor performance, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, but he was boosted by the red-hot Boston offense, which scored 12 runs in the first five innings. Despite pitching poorly for the first time in what seems like months, Lackey picked up the win in what ended up being a 13-9 Red Sox victory. Kuroda (11-10, 2.99 ERA) took the mound against the Red Sox on Sunday and held the potent Boston lineup to just two runs and five hits over six innings. While Kuroda did not get the win, thanks in large part to a blown save by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the Yankees won the game by the score of 4-3 to avoid the sweep. Kuroda's solid performance on Sunday was a step in the right direction for the 38-year-old, as he had posted a 7.43 ERA in the 23 innings prior to Sunday's start. Yankees vs. Lackey (RHP) Ichiro Suzuki (117 plate appearances): .300 BA/.342 OBP/.382 SLG, 33 hits, 16 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (74): .183/.324/.483, 5 home runs, 26 strikeouts Robinson Cano (56): .269/.321/.385, 6 doubles, 6 RBIs Vernon Wells (43): .200/.256/.275, 1 home run, 8 strikeouts Alfonso Soriano (39): .143/.231/.171, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (37): .258/.361/.516, 1 home run, 8 strikeouts Brett Gardner (34): .355/.412/.516, 3 doubles, 4 RBIs Lyle Overbay (33): .367/.424/.567, 6 doubles, 5 RBIs Eduardo Nunez (12): .444/.583/.778, 3 doubles, 3 walks Mark Reynolds (12): .182/.250/.182, 8 strikeouts Brendan Ryan (7): .167/.167/.167, 1 single Chris Stewart (6): .250/.400/.500, 1 double Austin Romine (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 single J.R. Murphy (1): .000/.000/.000 David Adams and Zoilo Almonte have not faced Lackey. Red Sox vs. Kuroda (RHP) Stephen Drew (38 plate appearances): .229 BA/.263 OBP/.286 SLG, 2 doubles, 6 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (28): .296/.321/.444, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (24): .348/.375/.478, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs Daniel Nava (24): .300/.417/.450, 3 doubles, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (24): .217/.250/.348, 1 home run, 6 RBIs Shane Victorino (20): .278/.350/.389, 2 doubles, 2 walks Mike Carp (18): .333/.333/.500, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs David Ortiz (18): .600/.611/1.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Jonny Gomes (15): .154/.200/.154, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Mike Napoli (10): .333/.400/.333, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Ryan Lavarnway (9): .125/.222/.125, 4 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (9): .375/.444/.375, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts Quintin Berry (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (5): .000/.400/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts, John McDonald, David Ross and Brandon Snyder have not faced Kuroda.