Phil Hughes - Hughes draws the nod as the Yankees begin their second trip to Fenway Park this season, getting the ball for his fifth start of the campaign. The Yankees bypassed struggling Javier Vazquez in part because of their trust in Hughes, who hurled seven innings of scoreless four-hit ball against the White Sox in his last start on Saturday. A Red Sox fan growing up in California, Hughes is 0-2 with a 7.62 ERA in eight career games vs. Boston, including two starts. His last start against the Red Sox came on May 4, 2009, in New York, when Boston hit him for three earned runs in a four-inning losing decision.
Josh Beckett - The ace recovered nicely from a two-start slump by allowing just six hits and two runs over seven innings against the Orioles in his last outing. Beckett took a no-decision in a game the Red Sox lost in 10 innings. This is the first time Beckett has faced the Yankees since Opening Night, when he gave up eight hits and five runs over 4 2/3 innings. The Red Sox won that game, 9-7, but Beckett didn't factor in the decision. Beckett has had mixed results against the Yankees in his career, going 9-5 with a 5.51 ERA. The righty has made 65 career starts at Fenway, going 31-17 with a 4.53 ERA. Opponents are hitting .303 against him this season.
CC Sabathia -Sabathia overcame a shaky opening and a momentary flareup of his emotions to hurl eight innings of one-run, six-hit ball against the Orioles on May 3 in New York, his fourth win in his past five starts. He'll try to improve over his April 4 Opening Night start at Fenway Park, when the Red Sox got him for five runs on six hits in a 5 1/3-inning no-decision. Sabathia is 5-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox.
A.J Burnett- Good news for the Yankees and bad news for the American League -- Burnett found the curveball that had abandoned him for most of April in his last start, when he limited the Orioles to an unearned run on five hits in a 7 1/3-inning victory on May 4 at Yankee Stadium. Burnett walked two and struck out eight. He is off to the first 4-0 start of his career. Burnett took a no-decision against the Red Sox on April 6 at Fenway Park, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings. Burnett is 5-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 13 career starts vs. Boston.
That's a lot of question marks for Boston this weekend. We'll see how it turns out.