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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Drew Pomeranz

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The Yankees hope Masahiro Tanaka returns to form against the Red Sox.

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This is as big it gets. The Yankees and Red Sox face off in a battle for first place. While it's only June, this matchup figures to serve as a preview for the rest of the summer in the American League East. A win tonight would go a long way in setting the tone for the series .

Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound tonight, and he must be glad that it's a new month. Tanaka owned a sky-high 8.42 ERA in May. He pitched his best game of the year in Boston. Perhaps he'll rediscover that form tonight. As for the Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz gets the ball. The left-hander has pitched to a 4.24 ERA this year. The Yankees missed him when the two teams squared off in April.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. You can follow along on YES locally or MLB Network nationally.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK YANKEES
Mookie Betts - RF Brett Gardner - LF
Andrew Benintendi - LF Gary Sanchez - C
Xander Bogaerts - SS Aaron Judge - RF
Mitch Moreland - 1B Matt Holliday - DH
Hanley Ramirez - DH Starlin Castro - 2B
Jackie Bradley - CF Aaron Hicks - CF
Christian Vazquez - C Didi Gregorius - SS
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Chase Headley - 3B
Deven Marrero - 2B Chris Carter - 1B
Drew Pomeranz - LHP Masahiro Tanaka - RHP