With New York Yankees Derek Jeter on first, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers in the first inning against the New York Yankees in their baseball game at Yankee Stadium.
With the Texas Rangers sitting 3 1/2 games up on the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and the Boston Red Sox clinging to a half-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East, we have two division leaders squaring off this weekend in Boston.
Luckily for the Rangers, they'll be facing the bottom three pitchers in the Red Sox's starting rotation and will miss the top two guys, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.
Instead the Rangers will get youngster Andrew Miller, who shut the Rangers down in his last outing despite his ERA of 4.42, former Mariner Erik Bedard, who the Rangers hit well in his last outing and the flammable John Lackey, who's always been a friend of the Rangers bats.
They miss Lester and Beckett, whose ERAs are 3.05 and 2.54, respectively.
That's a win for the Rangers. The Rangers have been good against the Red Sox over the past two season, with the exception of last week's series in Arlington when the Red Sox took three of four games.
The Rangers send Derek Holland, who's probably due for a stinker after his last outing was strong, Colby Lewis, who's been bad in his last two starts and Matt Harrison, who skipped a start to re-charge his batteries.
It's going to be a fun weekend at Fenway. Are you ready for some meaningful September baseball?