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Yankees vs. Red Sox: Masahiro Tanaka vs. David Price

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The Yankees seek to avoid the four-game sweep at Fenway Park.

Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84) hasn’t lost since April 17th, going 7-0 with six no-decisions since.
Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84) hasn’t lost since April 17th, going 7-0 with six no-decisions since.
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The Yankees head into tonight’s series finale trailing Boston by 8.5 games in the AL East race, while leading Oakland by three for the top Wild Card berth. The Bombers have only been swept in a four-game series (or longer) at Fenway five times (2016, 1990, ‘69, ‘59, ‘44) since the park opened in 1912. They aim to keep it that way behind Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84) this evening. He will be opposed by David Price (11-6, 3.97 ERA).

Pitching matchup

Tanaka hasn’t lost since April 17th, going 7-0 with six no-decisions since. In his last two starts, Tanaka threw 15 shutout innings, allowing only six hits while striking out 17 batters. He carries an 18-inning scoreless streak into tonight’s game.

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.09 ERA over eight career starts at Fenway. Tanaka allowed six runs over five innings during a New York victory in Boston this April, and twirled a complete game shutout there last season.

Price has made nine starts against the Yankees since joining the Red Sox, going 2-6 with an 8.43 ERA. The southpaw has a 24.92 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season, having allowed 12 runs over 4 1/3 innings. During his last start against the Bombers on July 1st at Yankee Stadium, Price allowed eight earned runs, including a career-high five homers, and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Lineups

How to watch

Location: Fenway Park

First pitch: 8:05 PM EDT

TV channel: ESPN

Online streaming: ESPN (subscribers only)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (full listings)

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