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Boston Red Sox (74-80) at New York Yankees (85-69)MLB Baseball: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
The Line: New York Yankees -160 / Boston Red Sox +150
The New York Yankees are on the verge of being eliminated from contention in the American League East race and the rival Boston Red Sox are waiting to push them over the edge. The Red Sox will try to post their fourth straight shutout win when they visit the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series on Monday
The Boston Red Sox look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Red Sox have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 190 hits and 80 RBI while Mookie Betts and David Ortiz have combined for 176 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have split their last six road games. Eduardo Rodriguez takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees look to remain hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Yankees have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Yankees have lost five of their last eight when scoring three or less runs. Chase Headley leads New York with 147 hits and 62 RBI while Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius have combined for 119 RBI. The New York Yankees have won four of their last five home games. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill, and he’s 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Rodriguezs last 4 road starts. The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass and 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The Red Sox are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings.
The AL East is all but out of reach for the Yankees. Also, Rodriguez has been solid against the Yankees this season and these games are usually close.
Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (9-6, 3.97 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Ivan Nova (6-9, 4.87) Rodriguez allowed three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in six innings against Tampa Bay last Monday without factoring in the decision. That snapped a string of three straight outings of surrendering exactly one earned run, but marked the 16th time in 20 outings that the opposition failed to reach the 22-year-old Venezuelan for more than three earned runs. Rodriguez has limited New York to two or fewer runs in each of his three starts against the division rivals.Nova is 1-5 in his last six starts, but held the mighty Blue Jays to one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-0 loss on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Dominican has completed seven innings only once in his 15 starts this season. Nova was reached for three runs in six innings at Boston on Aug. 31 to suffer a loss to fall to 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 11 career games – 10 starts – against the Red Sox.
- New York’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot is three.
- Boston SS Xander Bogaerts added two more hits on Sunday and needs 10 over the final seven games to reach 200.
- New York CF Jacoby Ellsbury has recorded multiple hits in five of his last eight games.