The Yankees completed their remarkable comeback against Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon approximately 12 hours before they are scheduled to take the field for the series finale. Sunday's game didn't end until 1:26 a.m. ET Monday.
"[Sunday] was certainly a big game for us," starter Mike Mussina said. "I don't think anybody thought somebody was going to come into this series and win at least four games, and we have a chance to win all five, so we'll sleep fast and try to win one more game."
The Yankees enter Monday afternoon's contest with their biggest lead of the season over the Red Sox at 5 1/2 games and stand a season-high 26 games over .500 at 74-48.
NYY: RHP Cory Lidle (9-9, 4.64 ERA)
Lidle allowed a run in each of his first three innings on Wednesday against the Orioles, but settled in after that, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. Lidle said he felt like he was finding his groove. He is 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA against the Red Sox in his career.
BOS: LHP David Wells (2-2, 6.06 ERA)
In their stretch run to the playoffs, the Red Sox need more consistency in their starting rotation from more than just Curt Schilling. Wells, 43, seems to be taking on the duty of providing stability and eating up innings for the overworked Boston bullpen. He has won his last two starts and pitched at least six innings in his last three contests. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Tigers in his last start. Wells, who has not faced the Yankees this season, is 19-10 with a 3.11 ERA all-time against his former team.
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Jason Giambi connected for his 35th and 36th homers of the season on Sunday night, giving him the most since he belted 41 in 2003. With 101 RBIs this year, Giambi has posted seven career seasons with at least 100 RBIs and his first since 2003 with the Yankees.
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Tuesday: Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 9-7, 4.54) at Mariners (RHP Gil Meche, 9-8. 4.66), 10:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Yankees (RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 14-5, 3.86) at Mariners (TBA), 10:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Yankees (LHP Randy Johnson, 14-9, 4.98) at Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez, 10-11, 4.50), 10:05 p.m. ET