American Red Sox leaders will host second-placed Yankees for a four-game series in three days starting Friday night in a game broadcast by MLB Network in A Fenway Park that is probably full.
“You’re going into the second half, particularly when you’re leading the division, and there are several aspects that matter more now, with the number of remaining games dwindling,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
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“I like the way we come from the break, especially the shape of our pitchers, it’s always good when we face New York, we’ll also be facing a pair of Serpentineros who are doing well, we have to go out and continue playing Good baseball “.
For the Yankees, this is the start of an 11-game tour that begins in the East (Boston), continues in the center (Minnesota) and ends in the west (Seattle).
“It will be very important to us, obviously,” said Yankees reliever Dellin Betances.
“It’s vital to get out of the break by playing well, they’ll be counting on their best pitchers, just like us, hopefully we can win three of four, that would be very important.”
“This will be a very important trip for us because we have to start playing better,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “It’s an important tour, but neither will decide the fate of the world. We will still have 60 games to play after this period, but it’s important.”
New York, led by rookie Aaron Judge, spent most of the first half at the top of the division, but the Red Sox have seized the summit since June 30.