Today is Saturday, April 21st 2007 and the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox each have 147 games left to play in the regular season, an interesting thing to remember considering last night's game felt like something out of a series played in the third week of an October. Fenway will certainly be electric as it ever has been today as New York and Boston take the field in game two of the three-game series and fans of both teams marvel at (and lament) the events witnessed last night.
Boston sends Josh Beckett to the mound, undefeated in three starts, having allowed only one run in each of those games, and sporting a very sexy 0.83/.159 WHIP/BAA. New York's first experience with 2003-Beckett still turns the stomach of this fan, but since then the Yankees have had some success against the Sox righty. However, Beckett has given up only one home run, a solo shot, in eighteen innings. New York counters with Jeff Karstens, who is joining the active roster for the first time this season after having suffered elbow stiffness. On April 16th in his first appearance off the DL, Karstens threw four scoreless innings with three hits for Class A Tampa. In 2006, Karstens appeared in eight games, starting six, for the Yankees, winning two and losing one with a 3.80 ERA in 42 and 2/3 innings; the right-hander did not face Boston. X-rays of Jorge Posada's bruised thumb came back negative, but reports say it is likely Posada will not be seen for the rest of this series. If something happens to Nieves, Josh Phelps may put on the pads.
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