Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single against the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.

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Yankees Look To Gain Ground On Red Sox In 4-Game Series

August 02, 2018 - 2:37 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Yankees will look to take a bite out of the Red Sox's AL East lead, as the longtime rivals square off in a four-game series beginning Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Entering Wednesday’s games, Boston owned a five-and-a-half game lead over the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees have won five of nine games against the Red Sox this season.

The series will be missing some star power, with Yankees sluggers Gary Sanchez (groin strain) and Aaron Judge (wrist fracture) and Red Sox ace Chris Sale (shoulder inflammation) all on the disabled list.  

Both the Yankees and Red Sox are coming off an eventful run up to the trade deadline. New York dealt for pitchers J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn and Zach Britton, while Boston acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and second baseman Ian Kinsler.

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The Red Sox's Brian Johnson (1-3), who boasts a 3.45 ERA across both starts and relief appearances, will make his first start against the Yankees on Thursday night. Johnson will face off against CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.53 ERA), who threw seven innings and gave up just one run in his last appearance against the Red Sox.

Friday’s game will feature Boston's Rick Porcello (13-4, 4.03) against Luis Severino (14-4, 2.94), as the Yankees' top pitcher looks to bounce back after going 1-2 with an 8.84 ERA over his last four starts.

Eovaldi (4-4, 3.80), a former Yankee, is set to make his second start for Boston on Saturday. The Yankees will be without the newly acquired Happ, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday with hand, foot and mouth disease. Luis Cessa (1-2, 3.10) will start in Happ's place.

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The series is set to close with David Price (11-6, 3.97) facing Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84) on Sunday night. Price will be making his first start against the Yankees since allowing eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings on July 1. On April 11 vs. New York, Price gave up four runs in one inning of work. Tanaka has not lost a game since April 17, a string of 13 starts.

The Yankees and Red Sox will meet two more times following this weekend’s games -- Sept. 18-20 at Yankee Stadium and Sept. 28-30 in Boston, games that could potentially decide the division champion.

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