"[Monday] night, he got a knuckleball up and he hit it, and we could pick it up on the way home," Francona said.
On the pitching side of things, the Yankees bullpen is slowly coming around after being worn out early this season due to injuries. The Yankees are 17-1 when leading after eight innings this season, and reliever Brian Bruney hasn't allowed a run so far in May.
A key factor to the bullpen improvements could be that the Yankees starters have gone deeper into games as of late.
"The better our starting pitching is, the better our bullpen will be," manager Joe Torre said.
Schilling, slated to pitch for the Red Sox, is 7-5 with a 4.57 ERA in 20 career games against the Yankees.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (4-1, 3.57 ERA)
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-3, 2.83 ERA)
Pettitte continues to pitch well, but opposite of Schilling, his team hasn't been winning when he starts. In his last outing against the Mets, Pettitte gave up five hits and three runs in seven innings, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium.
The Red Sox have been winning the games Schilling starts, but the right-hander has struggled as of late. That's not a good sign as he faces the Bombers for the second time this season. In his first start against the Yankees on April 20, he was touched for eight hits and five runs. The Red Sox did, however, win that game.
Player to watch
David Ortiz has 10 hits in 28 career at-bats against Pettitte, including a home run and four RBIs. The left-handed-hitting slugger has also raked three doubles off of Pettitte and owns a .571 slugging percentage against him.
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Friday: Yankees (Tyler Clippard, 1-0, 1.50) vs. Los Angeles (Jered Weaver, 3-3, 3.46), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 3-3, 4.28) vs. Los Angeles (Kelvim Escobar, 5-2, 2.82), 1:05 p.m. ET