Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees: Game 1 Preview of Doubleheader

Tom FitzContributor IIIJuly 7, 2012

Franklin Morales should be the difference in game one against the Yankees.
Franklin Morales should be the difference in game one against the Yankees.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The lineups for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have just been released. 

Boston Red Sox

Daniel Nava LF

Pedro Ciriaco 2B

David Ortiz DH

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Mauro Gomez 3B

Ryan Kalish CF

Mike Aviles SS

Kelly Shoppach C

Brent Lillibridge RF

New York Yankees

Derek Jeter DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Robinson Cano 2B

Nick Swisher RF

Andruw Jones LF

Jayson Nix SS

Darnell McDonald CF

Chris Stewart C

LHP Franklin Morales will be on the mound for the Red Sox. Morales has been on fire since becoming a starter in June. On the season Morales has gone 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 46 strikeouts, in 43 innings pitched.

His last six appearances have been nothing short of dominant.

Over that time he has posted a 1.35 ERA with 33 strikeouts, in 26.2 innings pitched. His last start, against the Seattle Mariners, was particularly dominant. He struck out seven in seven innings and did not allow a run. 

This will be Morales' first start against the Yankees. Here is how key Yankees have fared against Morales: Robinson Cano 1-for-2, Curtis Granderson 1-for-2, Raul Ibanez 0-for-1, Nick Swisher 1-for-2, Mark Teixeira 0-for-1, Andruw Jones 0-for-1, Dewayne Wise 0-for-1 (h/t Boston Globe).

The Red Sox will go up against Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94 ERA).

Over the past five seasons against the Red Sox, Garcia is 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA. During his last start against Boston, Garcia allowed five runs in 1.2 innings pitched.    

David Ortiz, Mike Aviles and Adrian Gonzalez have had success against Garcia in the past. Ortiz is batting .300 (12-for-40) against Garcia, with two home runs, five doubles and seven RBI. Aviles is batting .563 (9-for-16) against Garcia, with one home run and two RBI.

Katie Sharp of ESPN notes:

Since Garcia joined the Yankees last year, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz have tagged him for a combined .429 average with six extra-base hits in 21 at-bats.

The Red Sox desperately need a win. If there were ever a game the Red Sox should take, it should be Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.