The Yankees finished up their home stand going 5-1, including a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. They will ship up to Boston for three important games. The Yankees took two out of three games earlier this season at Fenway. Nick Swisher has been on a tear, hitting three home runs and driving in six runs while hitting a .474 clip in his last five home contests.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The goal for the Yankees this weekend?
Get Out Alive
Over the last week, the Yankees have had a laundry list of injures. Andy Pettitte will probably join Curtis Granderson on the disabled list shortly with an inflamed elbow which means Sergio Mitre will get two starts next week. Jorge Posada’s calf has been barking. Mariano Rivera’s side has been stiff. Alex Rodriguez has had rumored knee problems. It’s only May and the Yankees are taking the correct approach with these injuries. We noted in Spring Training that the team had no injures…funny how that all changes in a month.

The Red Sox are starting to play better baseball, sweeping the Angels in a four-game set. The Yankees have won seven of their last eight contests. This series will feature some great pitching match-ups. Each team will send out their three hottest arms to the mound.

Pitching Match-Ups

Friday, 7:10 PM, YES: Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31 ERA)

Career Stats:
Hughes: 0-2, 7.62 ERA
Beckett: 9-5, 5.51 ERA

Saturday, 3:10 PM, FOX: CC Sabathia (4-1, 2.74 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (3-2, 2.97 ERA)

Career Stats:
Sabathia: 5-5, 3.62 ERA
Buchholz: 0-1, 5.74 ERA

Sunday, 8:05 PM, ESPN: AJ Burnett (4-0, 1.99 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93 ERA)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 5-2, 4.30 ERA
Lester: 3-1, 4.19 ERA

Here again is my favorite promotional video from 2010:

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