Series: Game 1 of 4

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Game 1: Friday, September 15
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Game 1: Saturday, September 16
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Game 2: Saturday, September 16
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Game 3: Sunday, September 17
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Game 4: Sunday, September 17
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7:05 PM ET, September 15, 2006

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

Yankees aim for sixth straight win against Red Sox

Boston (78-68) at NY Yankees (89-56) 7:05 pm EDT

BRONX, New York (Ticker) - Chien-Ming Wang started the opener of a pivotal sweep of the Boston Red Sox last month. Despite there being considerably less at stake this time, Wang again looks to draw first blood against his team's arch-rival.

With Wang on the mound Friday, the New York Yankees look to improve upon an 11 1/2-game lead atop the American League East Division in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees had a 1 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox when they gave the ball to Wang (17-5, 3.60 ERA) in the opener of a five-game set at Fenway Park on August 18. The righthander responded by allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 12-4 win that began a sweep reminiscent of the four-game "Boston Massacre" of 1978, when New York outscored Boston, 42-9, from September 7-10.

Including that eight-run win against Boston, Wang has gone 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last 12 starts. The 26-year-old has posted a 2.77 ERA in winning his last two starts vs. the Red Sox after going 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA in his first four career encounters with them.

The Yankees also posted an eight-run triumph August 19 in a game started by Josh Beckett (14-10, 5.09), who surrendered nine runs and issued a career-high nine walks in a 13-5 loss. Including that contest, Beckett has gone 1-5 with a 5.98 ERA in his last eight outings.

Beckett gave up seven hits in that meeting with the Yankees but none to captain Derek Jeter, who was hitless in four at-bats that day. Jeter since has put together a career-high 23-game hitting streak, the franchise's longest since Don Mattingly's 24-game streak in 1986.

Robinson Cano drove in three runs as New York posted a season-high sixth straight victory with Thursday's 7-4 triumph against Tampa Bay. Cano, who has 17 RBI in 13 games this month, drove in 10 runs in last month's series at Fenway Park.

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