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AP - Sports

The New York Yankees are making a habit of scoring two or more games' worth of runs in a single day at Fenway Park.

On Saturday, they'll actually get to play two games there.

The Yankees look to continue pounding Boston pitching and potentially send the Red Sox to their longest losing streak of the season when the AL East rivals play a day-night doubleheader.

The Yankees (50-32) and Red Sox (42-41) are playing twice Saturday to make up for an April 22 rainout of what would have been the finale of a three-game series. New York took the first two games of that set, culminating in a comeback from a 9-0 deficit to stun Boston 15-9 on April 21.

Manager Bobby Valentine dubbed that loss - the fifth straight for the Red Sox - "rock bottom" at the time, but if Boston gets swept Saturday it will be mired in a season-high six-game skid. That's because the Yankees used two big innings Friday night to improve to 3-0 at Fenway this season, jumping on Red Sox starter Josh Beckett for five runs in the first, then plating four more off Boston relievers in the seventh to turn a one-run deficit into an eventual 10-8 victory.

Mark Teixeira had the go-ahead two-run triple and added a two-run single for New York, while Alex Rodriguez added three hits and Curtis Granderson scored three times.

Teixeira especially relished his triple given that it was against Vicente Padilla, a longtime nemesis who has given up two homers to the slugger but has also hit him three times.

"He doesn't have too many friends in the game,'' Teixeira said. "Guy throws at people. Fact of the matter, I'm not saying anything that's news.'

"In the NFL, he'd probably be suspended by (commissioner) Roger Goodell eight games or a whole season. There's only one guy in baseball. No one else does this. That's the thing that is unbelievable to me.''

Dating to last September, the Yankees have won six of seven against the Red Sox overall and four in a row at Fenway. They haven't won five straight in Boston since a seven-game run during the 2006 season.

Should the Red Sox get swept Saturday, they'd be assured of entering the All-Star break at .500 or worse for the first time since 1997, when they were 38-48.

The Yankees will give the ball to Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94 ERA) in the day game and Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29) for the nightcap.

Garcia had been demoted to the bullpen after a rocky four starts to begin 2012, but got another chance to start after Andy Pettitte landed on the disabled list. The veteran right-hander acquitted himself well Monday at Tampa Bay, allowing two runs over 5 1-3 innings and not getting a decision in the Yankees' 4-3 loss.

The Red Sox built their big lead April 21 against Garcia, whom they knocked out of the game by scoring five runs off him in 1 2-3 innings. Garcia is 9-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 22 career appearances versus Boston.

Hughes is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA since the start of June, and will be looking to win his third straight outing. He has thrown eight innings to win each of his last two starts, including a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday in which he allowed two runs and struck out eight.

Hughes is 2-3 with a 9.00 ERA - his highest at any park - in eight appearances at Fenway. Boston All-Star David Ortiz is 8 for 17 with two homers and three doubles against him.

The Red Sox will start Franklin Morales (1-1, 2.51) in the opener. The left-hander has pitched out of the bullpen for most of the season, but went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three June starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer in each of them and striking out 24 over 18 innings.

Another Boston southpaw, Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42) will take the mound in Game 2. Before the Red Sox bullpen imploded in the April 21 loss, Doubront was in line for the win after limiting the Yankees to one run in six innings.

He also allowed one run Sunday at Seattle, but only lasted 4 1-3 innings as he walked five and threw 103 pitches.

New York second baseman Robinson Cano has driven in a run in nine straight games. The last Yankees player to have an RBI in 10 in a row was Reggie Jackson, from May 4-13, 1979.

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