The Boston Red Sox (49-60) take on the New York Yankees (55-53) in the middle game of their weekend series. Boston took the opening game of the series to win their first game in the post-roster shake up following the trade deadline.
Anthony Ranaudo earned the win in his major league debut, limiting the Yankees to a pair of runs over 6 innings of work. There are a lot of new faces in this Red Sox lineup but it was a couple of old reliables leading the way. Dustin Pedroia collected a couple hits and knocked in two runs, while David Ortiz drove in a run.
The trades made at the deadline were made with an eye on 2015, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of reasons to keep watching this season. The Red Sox probably won't win more often than they had been so far, but there are a lot of exciting young players that should help put a spark into this ball club.
- Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA) gets his second start of the season for Boston. He picked up the win in his only appearance last week by holding the Tampa Bay Rays to 2 runs in 5.1 innings. He only gave up 3 hits, but also walked 5 batters in the game with 3 strikeouts. He struck out 100 with 44 walks over 122.0 innings down in Pawtucket this year, which should be an indication that those ratios should straighten out as Webster adjusts to the major league level.
- Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut this afternoon. His flight arrived in Boston just before last night's game, but not in time for him to join the starting lineup. Today is a different story, as he's here and ready to go. Cespedes was hitting .256/.303/.464 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI with the Oakland A's prior to the trade that sent him to Boston. That's more homers and RBI than anyone on the team aside from David Ortiz and those 17 HR are more than all Red Sox outfielders combined for this season before the trade (14).
- Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) takes the mound for New York. The rookie has made 4 career starts, all coming in July. After winning his first two starts, he hasn't made it out of the 6th inning in either of the last two, picking up a loss and no decision. While the Red Sox have traded away four of the five starters from their Opening Day rotation, the Yankees have lost four of their starters to injury. Like the Red Sox, the Yankees have been relying on a lot of unproven starters this season, but unlike Boston they aren't doing it intentionally and are actually still trying to compete this season.
- Derek Jeter hit a rare home run in the 8th inning of last night's game, giving him 3 this season. He has only 15 extra-base hits all season and is on pace for career lows in nearly every category (if you ignore the disaster that was last year's brief 17 game injury plagued campaign). It was Jeter's first HR at Fenway Park since 2009 and the 14th time he's gone deep in Boston in his 20 year career.
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