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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) vs LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94)

Wed: AJ Burnett (6-3, 3.86) vs RHP Tim Wakefield (2-1 ,4.40)

Thurs: LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80) vs RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01)

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Aaron Boone announced today that he will be officially retiring from Major League Baseball. He will now go on to work as a broadcaster for ESPN.

“It is with a sense of pride, sadness, and enthusiasm that I formally announce my retirement after 16 years of professional baseball,” Boone said as part of a prepared statement. “It has been a privilege and honor to have played in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons for six different clubs.

“While it’s tough to leave the game as a player, I am eager to start my next career with my new team at ESPN.”

Back on October 16th, 2003, Aaron Boone hit a home run that is considered one of the greatest moments in postseason history. In Game#7 of the ALCS, Aaron Boone stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning and crushed a home run off of Tim Wakefield which sent the Yankees to the World Series. The “Curse of the Bambino” lived on for one more year. It was one of the most thrilling moments I have ever witnessed, and probably goes down as my favorite memory. Even though they didn’t win the World Series that year, it was one of the most satisfying victories in my lifetime.

Not only did Boone do that, but he also tore his knee ligament during a pick-up basketball game during the off-season. It violated his contract, and the Yankees went on to get Alex Rodriguez.

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In the part three of our Yankees vs Red Sox series we look at the pitching for both teams. While we may not be able to predict with 100% accuracy which slot everyone fits into the rotation, we feel the assessments are generally inline with past history with both teams. You can see part one here and part two here.

Starting Rotation

CC Sabathia vs Josh Beckett

Edge: Slight Edge to CC. When I say slight, I mean as small as a piece of hair.  Both these pitchers are great front of the rotation aces that anyone would have on their team. Last year CC proved he could pitch in NY and on short rest in the playoffs which is great. The fact that CC is a lefty provides the slimmest of margins in their comparison.

AJ Burnett vs Jon Lester

Edge: Lester. The previous two years Lester has really come into his own going 31-14 with a sub 3.50 ERA and 377 K’s. While AJ’s line for the previous two years is comparable, 31-19 with a 4.06 ERA and 426 K’s, his propensity for wildness and being prone to injuries give Lester the edge here. (more…)

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