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1-- Since the start of the 2010 season, the Yankees lead the series 30-29. Head-to-head, the Yankees have outscored the Red Sox 317-294 and outhomered them 91-63.
The Yankees hit 43 home runs against the Red Sox last season, the most they’ve ever hit against them in a single season.
2-- Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda threw seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Mets. Kuroda has made 10 scoreless starts of at least seven innings since the start of the 2012 season, the most in the major leagues.
Kuroda has been very tough on right-handed hitters. They entered the day hitting with a .185 on-base percentage and .226 slugging percentage against him, both lowest in the majors against any pitcher currently qualified for the ERA title.
3-- Clay Buchholz enters Sunday 7-0 for the Red Sox this season. He's trying to become the fourth Red Sox pitcher to start 8-0 in a season since Roger Clemens started 14-0 in 1986. The other three are Rich Garces (8-0 in 2000), Josh Beckett (9-0 in 2007) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-0 in 2008).
One of the things that plagued Buchholz last season was that hitters were able to get to him with two strikes. He allowed 25 extra-base hits with two strikes in 2012, but has only yielded three (and no home runs) in 2013.
4-- Speaking of two-strike hitting, baseball's best hitter with two strikes this season has been Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia entered Sunday with a major-league leading 41 two strike hits, and .407 on-base percentage.
Pedroia has 13 hits on 0-2 counts this season, also the most in the majors.
5-- The return of former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees lineup should make an immediate impact. Youkilis is hitting .333 with a .928 OPS when playing third base for the Yankees this season. He has as many home runs (2) in those 48 at-bats as the Yankees other third basemen (who have had only a .646 OPS this season) have in 156 at-bats.