New York is still clinging to second place in the AL East and remains in the Wild Card hunt despite a -27 run differential that is the 6th worst in the AL. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only other team in the league with a winning record despite a negative run differential, but their run differential is only -2.
Boston is 27-26 (.509) in the current Yankee Stadium, giving them the highest winning percentage of any visiting AL team since the park opened in 2009.
- Joe Kelly (0-1, 4.14 ERA) takes the mound for Boston. He's still looking for his first win in a Red Sox uniform, despite giving up 2 runs or less in four of his five starts. He has an even amount of walks and strikeouts (18) in those starts, but over a larger sample size covering his starts with the St. Louis Cardinals, his 2.50 K/BB is much more reasonable.
- David Ortiz returns to the lineup after getting a day off to rest yesterday. He's reached base in 16 straight games and finished August hitting .342/.442/.592 for the month.
- After getting his first career start in the lead-off spot yesterday, Mookie Betts swaps with Brock Holt again to move back to the two-hole. The switch yesterday may have been due to Betts crushing left-handed pitching (.344) in his limited action this season, but with a right hander on the mound tonight it will be Holt at the top of the order. Betts is hitting only .224 against right-handed pitching this season.
- Boston called up pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and catcher Dan Butler. Ranaudo, who recently was named as the International League Triple-A Most Valuable Pitcher, is likely to get the start tomorrow. Butler will serve as some added depth at the catcher position, which will allow the Red Sox to be more comfortable pinch-hitting or running for one of their catchers late in games.
- John Farrell said that he has received mixed reports on Jackie Bradley's progress at Triple-A and he remains a work in progress at the plate. It remains to be seen if he's done enough to earn a promotion back to the majors, but once the minor league season ends and there's no more at-bats for him to get at a lower level, there's really no harm and bringing him back to be a defensive replacement.
- Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09 ERA) gets the start for New York. The rookie gave up 3 runs or less in all 5 of his August starts, but lasted long enough to get a quality start in only 3 of them. He was knocked out after 4.2 innings the last time he faced Boston after giving up three runs. He also gave up 3 unearned runs while recording only one out in a relief appearance against the Red Sox in his major league debut back in April.
- Jacoby Ellsbury sat out the last two games after injuring his left ankle sliding into home plate on Friday, but he's back in the lineup today. He was recently named AL Player of the Week for hitting .522 with 4 home runs, 9 RBI and 2 steals over his last 6 games.
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