Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (76-34)||YANKEES (68-39)|
|Betts RF||Gardner LF|
|Benintendi LF||Stanton RF|
|Pearce 1B||Gregorius SS|
|Martinez DH||Hicks CF|
|Kinsler 2B||Torres 2B|
|Núñez 3B||Bird 1B|
|Holt SS||Andujar DH|
|León C||Romine C|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Walker 3B|
|Pitching: RHP Rick Porcello (13-4, 4.03).||Pitching: RHP Luis Severino (14-4, 2.94).|
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI, WFAN.
Red Sox vs. Severino: Betts 7-24, Benintendi 10-22 (2 HR), Bradley 4-20, Bogaerts 2-21, Moreland 5-15, Kinsler 3-15, Holt 1-12, Martinez 3-11, Nunez 3-12, Leon 1-10, Pearce 1-4, Swihart 0-2,
Yankees vs. Porcello: Gardner 17-54, Hicks 4-28, Gregorius 5-28, Walker 1-11, Bird 1-9, Stanton 3-5, Romine 1-6, Andujar 1-3, Torres 1-3, Voit 1-1.
Stat of the Day: Since July 1 the Red Sox are 20-6 and the Yankees are 15-11.
Piercing impact: Steve Pearce is 19 of 53 (.358) with four doubles, four home runs, 10 runs and 12 RBIs in 18 games with the Red Sox since being obtained from Toronto. He is 9 of 18 with five extra-base hits against lefties.
Home sweet home: The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Yankees at Fenway Park and have outscored them, 42-21.
Rick rolling: Since joining the Red Sox, Rick Porcello has a 2.87 ERA in 11 starts against the Yankees, 1.29 in seven starts at Fenway Park.
Pair of kings: The Sox or Yankees have had the best record in baseball in 84 of the last 92 days.
Just digs Fenway: J.D. Martinez has reached base safely in 46 consecutive home games. It’s the longest streak since Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers reached in 46 straight at Comerica Park in 2013. Before that, you have to go back to Ichiro Suzuki reaching in 63 straight at Safeco Field in 2009. For the Red Sox, it’s the longest streak since Hall of Famer Wade Boggs (naturally) reached in 64 consecutive games at Fenway from July 20, 1987 to June 15, 1988.
Watch to watch for: The Yankees have used their bullpen 11.1 innings the last two days. They need Luis Severino to get the ball to Dave Robertson or Dellin Betances in the seventh inning, especially with a spot starter needed for Saturday. If the Red Sox get into the Yankees bullpen early tonight, it could be a long weekend in Boston for them. But if Severino hands a lead off in the seventh, they have a chance of salvaging the series.
Other notes: The Sox have won five of six and lead the Yankees by 6.5 games in the AL East. Only the Indians (up 10 in the awful AL Central) have a bigger lead. … The Yankees have lost two straight and allowed 22 runs. … The teams have split 10 games this season with the Red Sox outscoring the Yankees, 68-56. … Severino’s last three starts: 14.1 IP, 28 H, 17 ER, 5 HR. He is 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Red Sox. … Ian Kinsler is 4 for 10 in two games with the Sox. … Craig Kimbrel has 99 saves with the Sox. He has not pitched since Sunday, so today could be an opportunity to get 4-5 outs from him. … Mookie Betts is 18 of 39 against the Yankees this season with nine extra-base hits, nine RBIs and 10 runs in 10 games. … Giancarlo Stanton is 16 of 27 against the Sox this season with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. … Eduardo Nunez is 10 of his last 24 with five extra-base hits.
Song of the Day: Kay Hanley will be at the game tonight. So how about “Here and Now” by Letters to Cleo?