The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are set to close out a three-game series Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium

Texas Rangers at New York Yankees

Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson has never beaten the New York Yankees

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The Red Sox are hoping to earn a split in this four-game series and see their talented left-hander bounce back from a bad stretch.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Boston will try to salvage a split in this four-game series after dropping the last two contests, including a 7-2 defeat last night on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.  “This was a huge opportunity for us, trying to gain ground on these guys and Tampa Bay,” said third baseman Adrian Beltre.  “But unfortunately it didn’t work out the way we wanted.”  The Red Sox are now seven games back of the Yankees and 4.5 away in the Wild Card race.  The club is now an even 4-4 this month (-340) and 38-25 in August the last three years (+780).  Boston has also slipped up against divisional foes in 2010, posting a 21-22 record (-530), with the total being 24-17 O/U in those games.  The banged up ball  club did receive some encouraging news over the weekend, as second baseman Dustin Pedroia (left foot) has plans of returning to the lineup on August 17

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The Senior Circuit is primed to breakthrough with its power pitching staff and end the Junior Circuit’s dominance in the Midsummer Classic.

National League at American League

It’s been well-documented that the National League has failed to capture a victory in the Midsummer Classic since 1996, even though the last four contests have been decided by a single run.  Ever since the game was changed to hand the victor home-field advantage in the World Series, the National League has failed to deliver as well.  “The priority is to win the ballgame,” Philadelphia Phillies and National League manager Charlie Manuel said.  “That’s why we are here.”  All the talk about the Senior Circuit is centered on the pitching staff, with Florida starter Josh Johnson, Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay and San Francisco’s two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum set to come out of the pen.

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