Ah. Friday Night Baseball. Red Sox vs. Yankees. This is how baseball is meant to feel and be played.
The Red Sox, who are winners of 10 of their last 13 games and 1st in the AL East, are coming off of a great series against one of the top teams in the American League in the Chicago White Sox. As of late, Boston's offense has been clicking on all cylinders, and they seem to have found the long ball, having hit five home runs in their three-game series against the White Sox. Tonight, the Red Sox strut out their best pitcher so far this season, Rick Porcello. The 27-year-old New Jersey native has been stellar this season, having amassed a 5-0 record and a 2.76 ERA, while striking out 36 batters in 32.2 innings of work. If Porcello is able to get it going early, this could be a long night for the Bronx Bombers.
Speaking of long nights, this season has just been one insomnia-filled restless evening for the Yankees. They currently sit at 9-17 and are in last place in the AL East. While the questionable pitching staff has been surprisingly decent to start the season, the Yankees' lineup has been terrible to start the season. The Yankees currently rank 29th in all of baseball in runs scored with 89. In comparison, the Red Sox rank fifth in the MLB in runs scored with 147. With Alex Rodriguez heading to the 15-Day DL with a hamstring injury, the Yankees need to figure it out quickly.
Nevertheless, the Yankees will be sending out righty hurler Michael Pineda to face the Red Sox Friday night. Pineda currently has a 1-3 record with a 6.33 ERA, while amassing 30 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. While Pineda is on a four-start winless streak, he did throw a decent game against the Red Sox on April 30 at Fenway Park, tossing five innings and allowing two earned runs.
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You can catch the game on NESN and WEEI, and on the MLB Network in some areas.