"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.
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.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (2-4, 5.59 ERA)
Player to watch
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.
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.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 4-1, 3.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 2-3, 2.83), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 3-3, 3.46) at Yankees (RHP Tyler Clippard, 1-0, 1.50), 7:05 p.m. ET