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Red Sox Enter Final Series Looking to Bounce-off Yanks

 

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Entering the final series against the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox are playing a huge factor in who wins the AL East and even the Wild Card race.

With the final three games against the Yankees, the Red Sox could decide if the Yanks end up playing the one-game playoff or waiting for the ALDS to begin.

In Game 1 of the series, Clay Buchholz (11-7) will be up against C.C. Sabathia (14-6). It will be a pitcher’s duel and will be the best game of the series. Mark Teixeira should be back in time for Monday’s contest, according to ESPN.com. “We expect to see him in New York on Monday,” said Girardi. “He’ll see the doctor tomorrow and see if he’s cleared to play.”

Game 2 will put Jon Lester (9-14) to the test. Ivan Nova (12-8) will oppose the southpaw. This is another game where the offense needs to be set loose in Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox need to put together some hits against Nova, who has not been too successful against Boston in his career.

In Game 162 of the season, Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6) will get his swan song with the Red Sox. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda (15-11). This game is very important for Matsuzaka to even get a sniff of a decent contract during the offseason. If he performs well, then maybe a team such as the Kansas City Royals or the Chicago Cubs will want to give him a chance at a minor league deal.

The 2012 debacle will soon be over and the Red Sox can look forward to a better and )hopefully) healthy 2013 season.

Plus, with their loss to Orioles on Sunday, the Red Sox are guaranteed a top 10 pick in the upcoming draft, which could help with some of the offseason trades the team and upper management hope to make to improve the team.

 

 

By: Brian Roach
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer


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