After a walk-off 7-5 victory Thursday night, thanks to Hanley Ramirez’s three-run homer, the Red Sox look to make it two in a row over the Yankees tonight at Fenway Park.
Right-handed hitting Chris Young gets the start in left field against Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (4-1, 4.34 ERA). Sandy Leon is behind the plate catching Clay Buchholz (6-10, 5.31), who tries to bounce back from a rough start Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Young is hitting .300 (10-for-30) with three homers in September. Lefty hitting Andrew Benintendi is likely getting the night off after his first start since returning from the disabled list.
The first-place Red Sox have a two-game lead over the Jays and Orioles in the A.L. East. The Yankees are three behind Baltimore and Toronto in the wild-card race.
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Mason Williams RF
Luis Cessa RHP
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."