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Red Sox vs. Yankees: Brandon Workman returns

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Brandon Workman is back from suspension. Better hope he doesn't not hit someone again.

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Brandon Workman's suspension is over, and while the Red Sox have both Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz back on the roster, his spot in the rotation remains untouched. He'll take the mound Friday night against the Yankees hoping to nail it down once and for all.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK YANKEES
Brock Holt - RF Brett Gardner - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
David Ortiz - DH Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Mike Napoli - 1B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Jonny Gomes - LF Carlos Beltran - DH
A.J. Pierzynski - C Brian McCann - C
Xander Bogaerts - 3B Brian Roberts - 2B
Stephen Drew - SS Ichiro Suzuki - RF
Jackie Bradley - CF Kelly Johnson - 3B
Brandon Workman - RHP Vidal Nuno - LHP

Once upon a time, this would be one of the worst assignments Workman could have drawn when he's trying to displace rotation competition. These days, however, the Yankees stand side-by-side with the Red Sox as one of the American League's lowest-scoring teams. True, there will always be some danger for right-handed pitchers like Workman who surrender enough fly balls, but the dimensions of the ballpark are certainly more threatening than the actual lineup presented.

Similarly unthreatening is Vidal Nuno. Once again, though, the ballpark could be a problem. Nuno hasn't given opposing lineups much reason to fear him in his 12 starts this season, but he's a left-handed pitcher in a stadium that is generally kind to them. Certainly more kind than to right-handed pitchers. In this, as with so many other things, the Red Sox and Yankees are at odds.

Whatever happens, the Red Sox had better hope things don't get heated. Otherwise a Yankee pitcher might plunk one of the Red Sox, and as we know that's a suspension-worthy offense...

...For Workman.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.