Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak last night with a 5-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. The win puts the Yankees in a position to take the series against Boston this evening at Yankee Stadium after both sides split the first two games.

Brian McCann was the start of the show last night, collecting four hits, including a two-run homerun in the 2nd, and three RBIs to back up a strong seven-inning outing from Hiroki Kuroda, who picked up his 10th win of the season.

It's not question that 2014 was been a down year for McCann, who signed a five-year contract with the Yankees this past offseason. But there is always hope that he'll be able to turn things around at some point. While McCann certainly brings a lot to the Yankees' pitching staff, his big contract was mainly because of what he can do at the plate.

Tonight's lineup against Boston:

CF Jacoby Ellsbury
SS Derek Jeter
LF Brett Gardner
DH Carlos Beltran
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
2B Stephen Drew
RF Ichiro Suzuki

Pitching matchup preview:

Left-hander Chris Capuano gets the ball for the Yankees tonight in the series finale with the Red Sox. Capuano earned his first with New York in his last start after giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend.

Capuano has been a very produce mid-season pickup for the Yankees since he was acquired in July, going at least five innings in each of his first seven starts.

Brandon Workman will take the mound for the visitors in this matchup, making his first start since being recalled by the Red Sox just a few days ago. In his most recent big league start, on August 23 against the Seattle Mariners, Workman was shelled for seven runs in 10 hits.


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