It's a business-as-usual lineup for the Red Sox, who hope that Rick Porcello will keep on rolling and help them to pile on a Yankees team that has very few things going right for it these days.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Mookie Betts, CF||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|David Ortiz, DH||Brian McCann, C|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Carlos Beltran, DH|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Brock Holt, LF||Aaron Hicks, RF|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Ronnie Torreyes, 3B|
|Starting Pitcher -- Rick Porcello||Starting Pitcher -- Michael Pineda|
When the Red Sox faced the Yankees last week, New York managed all of nine runs against them. Of those nine, a full six were either scored or driven in by Alex Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez is now on the disabled list. So, for the record, is CC Sabathia, not that he was expected to factor in here anyways.
On the road, against a rival, you never talk about the sweep until you're one game away, so...I won't. But suffice it to say, fresh off a series win against the AL-leading White Sox, it's even more true now than it was last time that this is a Yankees team these Red Sox should be beating, particularly with the best part of their rotation set to take the mound, and Masahiro Tanaka not in line to pitch for New York.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.