The Yankees (68-39, 7.0 GA in AL East) begin another pivotal four-game set with the Boston Red Sox (59-51, 10.5 GB in AL East) on Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 at Yankee Stadium.
Didi Gregorius is not in the lineup for the Yankees, as he deals with a strain in his left hand. ... Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Garner are each hitting .280 with one home run in their respective careers against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez. ... DJ LeMahieu is hitless in three at-bats against the lefty. ... The Red Sox took three of four from the Yankees last weekend.
|Mookie Betts, RF||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Rafael Devers, 3B||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B|
|JD Martinez, DH||Aaron Hicks, DH|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Sam Travis, 1B||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Michael Chavis, 2B||Cameron Maybin, LF|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton (5-6, 4.72 ERA), who was rocked by the Red Sox in his last start, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits, including four home runs over just four innings of work. ... Paxton's last two starts have been dreadful, allowing a combined 14 runs (11 earned) over just 7.1 innings. ... Paxton pitched his best game as a Yankee against the Red Sox back in April, throwing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits.
Who is starting for the Red Sox?
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-4, 4.13 ERA), who picked up his 13th win his last time out against the Yankees, allowing three earned runs over 5.2 innings. ... The Red Sox have won eight of Rodriguez's last nine starts, and are 17-5 overall in his 22 starts this season.
The Yankees and Red Sox play a split doubleheader on Saturday. In Game 1, Domingo German (13-2, 4.08 ERA) will get the ball for the Yankees. The Red Sox have not yet announced their starter.