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Rubber Match: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees Game 3

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Following last night's game, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are once again in a virtual deadlock at the top of the American League East standings.

Curt Schilling was roughed up, giving up three home runs (Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, and Jorge Posada) and 6 runs over five innings. After struggling early through two innings, Mike Mussina settled into a groove and never allowed the Red Sox hitters to get comfortable again, giving up 3 runs and spreading 7 hits over 6 2/3 innings including getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 3rd when it looked like a base hit by Jason Varitek would break the game wide open for Boston. David Ortiz and Mike Lowell homered for Boston in the losing effort.

Tonight's game will feature knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-4, 3.97ERA) going up against Shawn Chacon (4-1, 3.94ERA). Both pitchers are coming off of victories in their last starts. This will be Wakefield's second start against the Yankees this year, last pitching in the rain-shortened one game series only a little over a week ago, giving up 3 runs and four hits over 7 innings of work. Wakefield didn't earn the win in that game, but the Red Sox did. This will be Chacon's first start against the Red Sox this year and only his second in his career. In his only other start against Boston, he took the loss, giving up 8 runs, 14 hits, and 4 walks over 5 2/3 innings.

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Thu 05/11/06, 6:18 am EST



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