The Yankees have already well and truly wrapped up the season win, coming into this game with a 13-5 edge. However, they can wrap up another thing with a win tonight. Should the Yankees beat the Red Sox one last time tonight, that would put them 18.5 games ahead of Boston. The Red Sox would then only have 18 games remaining, and would officially be knocked out of the AL East race.
To try and get that done, the Yankees will send James Paxton to the hill. Paxton’s last appearance in Fenway didn’t go great, as he allowed seven runs in four innings. On the other hand, his other starts this season against the Red Sox have been great. In his most recent outing against Boston, Paxton gave up just two hits and two runs in six innings in a 4-2 Yankees win on August 2nd.
As for the rest of the lineup, Cameron Maybin is back in the starting lineup in place of the injured Mike Tauchman. Also, Gary Sanchez gets the night off.
Starting for the Red Sox will be Eduardo Rodriguez. He was Paxton’s opposite number in the August 2nd game, and was tagged for four runs in 6.2 innings.
Tonight’s game can be seen on YES and FuboTV or heard on WFAN and WADO. First pitch will be at 7:10 PM ET. Go Yankees, go baseball.