3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

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3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

Jessica Moran tries to find the silver lining among a disappointing Red Sox team, identifying the three hottest Red Sox right now.

Adrian Gonzalez gets top honors. After a rough first half of the season, in which many questioned whether he was able to produce in Boston, Gonzalez has been on a roll. He's currently riding a 9-game hitting streak, and is hitting .471 in the month of August.

Pedro Ciriaco deserves some recognition as well, hitting .341 this season with 4 hits in last 9 at-bats.

Will Middlebrooks has re-discovered his power stroke this week with two homers and six RBI.

As you can imagine, there wasn't much trouble finding three disappointments.

Bobby Valentine drew the ire of management after making a sarcastic remark to Middlebrooks after the rookie had a tough inning in the field.

Everyone's favorite whipping boy is on the "Down" list as well. Josh Beckett was nothing short of terrible in his last outing, allowing 8 earned runs against the Rangers, including three home runs. It's just another in a series of poor performances from a pitcher who seems to have checked out.

And finally. The Red Sox. Yes, the entire team. The final spot on the "Down" list goes to the whole team. The Sox have a 55-58 record and have lost 7-of-9. But hey, the Patriots are back in action...

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

The Red Sox can clinch the A.L. East title for the first time since 2013, and do it at the home of their arch rivals, with a victory at Yankee Stadium tonight. 

Left-hander David Price (17-8, 3.91) takes the mound with the Red Sox magic number at 1. A Sox win, or a Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Baltimore Orioles, will give Boston the division title.

Brock Holt gets the start at third and Andrew Benintendi is in left field against Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (4-3, 4.30).

The Red Sox (92-64) have the best record in the A.L., just ahead of the Texas Rangers (92-65), who have clinched the A.L. West title. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Brock Holt 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

David Price LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

Aaron Hicks RF

Austin Romine C

Tyler Austin 1B

Luis Cessa RHP