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Yankees vs. Red Sox series preview: Severino's debut and those other two games

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The Yankees head home from their ten-game road trip and welcome the division basement-dwelling Red Sox to town for three games while looking to pad their 5.5 game lead a bit. Luis Severino's impending MLB debut on Wednesday is obviously the headliner of the series, but the Red Sox are throwing out a rookie starter in the first game of the series to oppose Masahiro Tanaka on the mound.

Henry Owens will make his MLB debut tonight at Yankee Stadium. His Red Sox have gone an even 5-5 over their last ten, but their pitching rotation has been in shambles all season. Tanaka wasn't great his last time out, surrendering four runs in six innings to the Rangers in a loss. He gave up three earned runs to the Red Sox in five innings in his only start against Boston this season.

Wednesday brings us the highly anticipated debut of top prospect Luis Severino. With Michael Pineda being ruled out through the month of August, Severino will need to help hold down the fort until the rotation is back to full strength. Steven Wright will start for the Red Sox. CC Sabathia will oppose Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale on Thursday. Sabathia pitched poorly in his last start against Texas and will continue to try to turn his season around, which would be welcome at any time.

Here's tonight's lineup:


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