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

August 17, 2013 - 8:28 am
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The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound Saturday to take on Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees at Fenway Park. Lackey (7-10, 3.32 ERA) has struggled as of late, and is 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA and a .318 opponent batting average in his last five starts. Still, Lackey has been relatively effective for most of the season, and has lasted at least six innings in every start since June 10. Last time out, Lackey allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks through seven innings in a loss to the Royals. Lackey struggled early in the game, walking the first two batters and allowing three runs in the first two innings. '€œIt was a grind early," Lackey told reporters after the game. "I wasn't feeling really great. I had a couple of 3-2 counts and didn't make my pitch. I was lucky to get the ground ball for the double play and then I found my groove and started to make my pitches '€¦ For me to walk two in one inning let alone to lead off the game is hard to believe. I didn't execute and I lost the game.'€ Lackey already has one start against the Yankees this season, which resulted in a 5-2 loss on July 20. The Yankees knocked 10 hits off of Lackey in that outing, which was the start of his most recent five-game slump. Brett Gardner has done well against Lackey in his career, batting .360 off of him with a triple and two doubles in 27 plate appearances. Kuroda (11-7, 2.33 ERA) has been the best Yankees pitcher all season, but he has been particularly good since the beginning of July. The Japanese starter did not allow an earned run in five of his last seven starts, and has a 0.94 ERA with a .215 opponent batting average during that span. Last outing was more of the same for Kuroda, who shut out the Angels through eight innings while allowing three hits and striking out seven. Kuroda only allowed one walk in the game, something he has done in each of his last five outings. Kuroda was the starter that topped Lackey in that July 20 start, when he held the Red Sox to two runs on five hits through seven innings. Mike Carp went 3-for-4 in that game, and was the only Red Sox player with an extra base hit off of Kuroda. Yankees vs. Lackey (RHP) Ichiro Suzuki (111 plate appearances): .295 BA/.333 OBP/.371 SLG, 1 home run, 5 doubles, 5 RBIs, 5 walks, 16 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (71): .190/.324/.500, 5 home runs, 1 triple, 1 double, 8 RBIs, 11 walks, 25 strikeouts Robinson Cano (50): .283/.340/.413, 6 doubles, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Vernon Wells (43): .200/.256/.275, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts Alfonso Soriano (33): .100/.182/.133, 1 doubles, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (31): .269/.387/.577, 1 home run, 2 triples, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts Brett Gardner (27): .360/.407/.583, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Lyle Overbay (27): .333/.407/.583, 6 doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Jayson Nix (9): .000/.222/.000, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Eduardo Nunez (6): .500/.500/.833, 2 doubles, 1 strikeouts Chris Stewart (3): .000/.000/.000 Austin Romine (2): .500/.500/.500 Red Sox vs. Kuroda (RHP) Stephen Drew (32 plate appearances): .276 BA/.313 OBP/.345 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (22): .381/.409/.571, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 walk Jacoby Ellsbury (20): .263/.300/.368, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Daniel Nava (18): .286/.444/.357, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jarrod Saltalamacchia (18): .235/.278/.412, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Shane Victorino (17): .267/.353/.400, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (12): .333/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (12): .100/.167/.100, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (12): .667/.667/1.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (10): .333/.400/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Ryan Lavarnway (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (4): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts

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