The New York Yankees go for a series sweep against the rival Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. The Yankees have won the first two games by scores of 5-1 and 5-2, as they now lead the Red Sox by four games in the American League East standings. The Yankees win moves them to 6-1 on the season, while Boston fell to 3-6.
Red Sox look to salvage a game versus YankeesThe Boston Red Sox have scored just three runs in the first two games against the Yankees in the series, as the Sox try and salvage game three on Sunday. Kevin Pillar had two hits for the Red Sox, the only player to record more than one for Boston, as he raised his season average to .423. The Yankees scored five runs in the first two innings, and the Red Sox could manage just two runs the rest of the way as they lost their second straight. Zack Godley was credited with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.
"I don't think he pitched as bad as what the score was," Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said on espn.com. "We just need to get guys clicking right because I know they can hit."
Boston has hit fairly well as a team, with a .264 batting average through nine games, however their relief pitching has let them down so far this season. They have four pitchers who have an ERA above 10.00. Even though it is still relatively early, that stat needs to change for the Red Sox to be competitive this season. Christian Vazquez has been a bright spot at the plate, batting .333 with four home runs and eight RBI. Pillar leads the team in hits with 11, including three doubles and a home run this season.
The Red Sox will send Austin Brice to the mound on Sunday. This will be the first start of his Major League career. This season he has pitched in four games, giving up four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings for a 7.71 ERA.
Yankees keep on rollingAmid all the uncertainties of this season, the postponements, and switching opponents on the fly, the Yankees have remained unfazed in the young season and just keep on winning. New York won their fifth straight game on Saturday, as Gio Ushela hit his first major league grand slam and Aaron Judge hit a home run in a career-high fourth straight game. Nick Nelson pitched three no-hit innings in his major league debut to get the win.
The Yankees are not hitting for a high average this season (.233 as a team), but they have been scoring some runs by knocking the ball out of the ballpark. Judge has left the yard four times this season, while Giancarlo Stanton, Urshela, and Luke Voit have all hit two home runs apiece. DJ LeMahieu and Stanton lead the Yankees in hitting, batting .385 and .348, respectively.
New York sends James Paxton to the mound in the series finale, as he tries to bounce back from a disastrous first start. Paxton lasted just one inning on July 25, as he gave up three runs on five hits and a walk against the Washington Nationals. Paxton has had three straight season of double-digit wins, including a 15-6 season last year with the Yankees. He has had a sub-4.00 ERA in each of his seven seasons in the big leagues.
"My arm angle was low," Paxton said about his first start on espn.com. "I was kind of bending over too far my way on my way to the plate. So I've been working on my posture, standing up a little bit straighter."
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