Mussina tries to add to momentum

Mussina tries to add to momentum

For only the second time this season, the Yankees will finish a series having pitched Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte.

Mussina will get the nod in Game 2 of this week's Red Sox-Yankees series after Wang picked up the win in a 6-2 victory on Monday.

Pettitte said it's about time for the rotation to look like this.

"We feel good about it -- it's a start," he said. "We feel like we can get our rotation lined up again and go out there back-to-back games."

"We haven't had a whole lot of opportunity to do that 42 games into [the season]. It's great. It's a long time to go to feel like we could line it up like this. That's the way we were hoping it would go from the beginning of the season."

Aside from the Yankees' pitching lineup, Alex Rodriguez hopes that his recent hot streak will continue. He's hit homers in three straight games, dating back to Saturday against the Mets.

"He just looks a little calmer at the plate," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He got a little -- I don't want to say fidgety -- but he didn't seem as comfortable [before Saturday]."

Julian Tavarez will pitch for the Red Sox. He owns a career 2-1 record and a 5.73 ERA against the Yankees in 20 career games.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Mike Mussina (2-2, 5.64 ERA)
Mussina looks to rebound after dropping a 5-3 decision in the first game of a doubleheader in his last outing against the White Sox. The right-hander owns a career 19-14 record with a 3.47 ERA in 50 games against the Red Sox.

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Red Sox Coverage
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Sox don't take lead for granted
Notes: Matsuzaka pushed back
Season Series
Yankees win 10-8
• 9/16: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3
• 9/15: Red Sox 10,Yankees 1
• 9/14: Yankees 8, Red Sox 7
Previous season series
2006: Yankees 11, Red Sox 8
2005: Yankees 10, Red Sox 9
2004: Red Sox 11, Yankees 8

BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (2-4, 5.59 ERA)
Tavarez worked a season-high seven innings against Detroit on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits. In his only start against the Yankees this season, Tavarez picked up the win as the Red Sox rolled to a 7-4 victory in the Bronx on April 29.

Player to watch
Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp has been a pesky hitter for Mussina. In 20 career at-bats against the right-hander, Crisp owns a .400 average with three doubles and three stolen bases.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• MY9

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 4-1, 3.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 2-3, 2.83), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 3-3, 3.46) at Yankees (RHP Tyler Clippard, 1-0, 1.50), 7:05 p.m. ET

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.