Major League Baseball's most historic rivalry will see another 10 regular season games played in 2020.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will square off 10 times during the shortened regular season. Each of the American League East teams will play 10 games apiece versus division rivals and the remaining 20 matchups against National League East opponents.
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The first series between the Red Sox and Yankees this season will take place from July 31 through Aug. 2 at Yankee Stadium. In fact, seven of the 10 games between these rivals will be played in New York.
Here are the dates and locations for all 10 of the Red Sox-Yankees matchups during the 2020 regular season:
- July 31-Aug. 2: at Yankee Stadium
- Aug. 14-17: at Yankee Stadium
- Sept. 18-20: at Fenway Park
Playing most of these games in the Bronx is far from ideal for the Red Sox, but it's hard for the league to make it an even (or close to even) split when there are fewer games and minimizing travel is a priority.
The Yankees are among the favorites to win the 2020 World Series. In fact, oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook have made the Yankees the betting favorite to win the AL pennant this season. New York also is right behind the Los Angeles Dodgers with the second-best odds to win the World Series. The Yankees have not reached the World Series since 2009, which also is the year of their last championship.
The Red Sox last won the World Series in 2018, and they are not expected to be a contender in 2020. Boston has the third-best odds to win the AL East and the sixth-highest odds to claim the AL pennant. Suspect starting pitching depth and a shaky bullpen are two concerns for the Red Sox entering the season.
Anything can happen, though, especially in a shortened season during which each game will carry greater importance. A good record against the rival Yankees could go a long way in the Red Sox having a chance at clinching a postseason berth in late September.