(Betting Express) - A terrific pitching matchup is on tap this afternoon at Fenway Park where A.J. Burnett and the New York Yankees
play the middle test of their three-game series against Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox
Burnett, who was a teammate of Beckett's for five years in Florida, has been superb in his three starts for the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA.
His control probably cost him a win on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, as he allowed three runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of his team's 7-3 win. However, he walked seven batters and was removed before the Yankees took the lead.
The 32-year-old righty has owned the Red Sox over the course of his career, posting a perfect 5-0 mark to go along with a 2.56 ERA in eight starts. Burnett's been even better at Fenway Park, where he has won all three starts, while posting a 0.40 ERA.
Beckett, meanwhile, bounced back from his lone loss of the season last Saturday against Baltimore, as he held the Orioles to four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings to run his record to 2-1 on the year to go along with a 3.79 earned run average.
Following the game Beckett started serving his five-game suspension for his part in the fracas with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 12. Beckett has faced the Yankees 12 times and is 7-4 against them with a 5.33 ERA.
Boston extended its winning streak to eight games in dramatic, thrilling fashion on Friday, as Jason Bay's two-run homer tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, and Kevin Youkilis hit the game-winning blast in the 11th, lifting the Red Sox to a 5-4 win.
Youkilis ended 2-for-4 and scored twice for the Red Sox, while Bay went 3- for-5. Nick Green was also 2-for-4 with an RBI in the win.
Jon Lester lasted six innings and was touched for two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision. Ramon Ramirez (2-0) got the win after throwing an inning of scoreless relief in the 11th.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira both had two hits and drove in a run for the Yankees, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Robinson Cano and Cody Ransom also had an RBI apiece in the setback.
Joba Chamberlain went 5 1/3 frames and yielded two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits while walking four and fanning two, but did not factor in the decision. Mariano Rivera blew his 12th save against Boston, giving up two runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings of relief. Damaso Marte (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up Youkilis' blast.
These teams split 18 matchups a year ago.