Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
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Red Sox Kick Off First Yankees Series Of The Season

Red Sox Kick Off First Yankees Series Of The Season

And while the Yankees schedule hasn't necessarily put them through the ringer, it's hard to believe their struggles will continue throughout the season. Boston has its gaze fixed on loftier goals, and that starts with dispatching what will nearly certainly its chief competition throughout the regular season.

The Red Sox placed Bogaerts on the 10-day DL.

Aaron Boone became a permanent part of one of sports' great rivalries on October 16, 2003, when he homered off Tim Wakefield and sent the Yankees to the World Series. Even if they are only 5-5 on the season, Boston's biggest rival poses their biggest challenge of the season.

Martinez has started slow for the Red Sox like Stanton has for the Yankees.

While Sale went 0-3 against NY a year ago, he still had a solid 2.65 ERA and will pick up his first victory of the 2018 campaign at Fenway. He also scored a run and now has his OPS up to.938 on the season.

"We've been playing good baseball for a month now", Boston manager Alex Cora said. He launched two long homers and doubled at Toronto, and the smashing start left Yankees fans giddy, wondering how many homers might Stanton and teammate Aaron Judge combine to hit.

Boston is looking a little better than expected so far this season, and the Yankees haven't gotten anywhere near living up to their preseason hype.

Speaking of which, the Yankees are 7-2 in Severino's last nine road starts and are 17-4 in his last 21 outings overall. While nobody should be panicking yet, Stanton is hearing plenty of boos in NY.

And this season fans of both teams will be treated to 19 contests to see which GM built the better club.

Judge went 11-for-73.151 (batting average) with a.295 on-base percentage, .260 slugging percentage, .556 OPS, two homers, two doubles and five RBIs in 19 games vs. Boston past year. Whereas the strength of the Sox is Cy Young-level left-handed pitching, the Yankees main asset is the most powerful right-handed line-up in recent memory.

The Yankees are coming off a series loss to the Baltimore Orioles at home, dropping three of four games after taking two in a row against the Tampa Bay Rays.

At least for NY, their late-inning aces David Robertson and Dellin Betances have been solid as of late.

With these lineups, it's doubtful either team's starters go eight and require no bridge to either Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman.

The Athol Police Department is getting in on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry ahead of their upcoming match-up.

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was put into hyper-drive this offseason when NY landed Giancarlo Stanton.

But two weeks into his debut in pinstripes, Stanton is stalling at the plate to an unprecedented degree. Hitting's just a really hard thing.

The reigning NL MVP had never fanned five times in a pro game until doing it twice in a week.

Sanchez and Judge need to get it going as well, of course, but right now, it's Stanton who has been failing to epic proportions.

Boone slept at Yankee Stadium following Friday night's 14-inning marathon defeat.

A cupcake schedule has helped the Red Sox build an early lead in the AL East but now a greater challenge awaits.

"As soon as he gets that feeling and strings a couple of good at-bats together, look out". Maybe one of the big offseason acquisitions will break out over the next three games.

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