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Game Of The Week Preview: Yankees v. Red Sox, 8:05 PM (ESPN)


On Friday, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox opened their first series of the 2016 season with the Sox winning Game one, 4-2, aided by a David Ortiz monster bomb to put Boston up for good.

Yankees Masahiro Tanaka started and threw 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  But Dellin Betances took his second loss on the season, after tossing 1.1 innings and allowing the go ahead run, Big Papi’s bomb in the eighth. The only offense for New York came in the form of Alex Rodriguez‘s fourth home run of the season, and Brett Gardner‘s RBI single.

Boston’s Henry Owens started and pitched six innings, allowing two runs, on six hits, walked three and struck out three to earn a no decision. Closer Craig Kimbrel closed out the victory to earn his seventh save on the season.

In Game two, the Red Sox continued their hitting attack against Yankee pitching with an 8-0 win on Saturday to improve to 14-10, while New York dropped to 8-14.

Boston Starter Rick Porcello tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, with one walk and six strikeouts to win his fifth game of the season against no losses.

The Yankees Michael Pineda took the loss, after tossing five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.

On the offensive side, the Yanks could only muster up five hits, two by Brian McCann as the rest of the offense was non-existent. As for Boston, they managed 13 hits, scoring eight runs, two in the second and sixth and four in the seventh, highlighted by Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two RBI triples, Mookie Betts‘ two run scoring hits and second home run in two days off the bat of David Ortiz.

On Sunday, Game three will face Yanks starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.38) against Boston’s David Price (3-0, 5.76 ERA).

Eovaldi no-hit the Texas Rangers for six innings in his last start and earned his first win on the season. Price is coming off a 14-strikeout game against the Atlanta Braves and will face the Yankees for the first time in this storied rivalry.

The Yankees, who are having a disappointing start to the season, are in the bottom of the American League East, losers of four straight games  and seven of their last ten.

As for the Red Sox, they are only .5 games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles. Boston has played better on the road (7-3) then at home (7-7), but looks to build on their recent two game winning streak and keep pace with the Orioles.

First pitch is scheduled for an 8:05 pm start on ESPN at Fenway Park.

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