The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees meet up again tonight in Major League Baseball action. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on the MLB Network and locally in both markets. Currently the odds for the game have the Yankees favored to pick up this win at home.
Boston and New York renew their baseball rivalry tonight in the Big Apple. The Yankees hold a 5.5-game lead in the American League East, helped by the fact they are a very solid team when playing at home. New York comes into tonight's game at 30-17 inside Yankee Stadium, that's the fewest losses by any American League team at home this season.
The Red Sox, coincidentally, are one of the worst teams on the road at 20-31. The 31 road defeats is tied with Baltimore and Toronto for the most in the American League.
Getting the ball for the Yankees tonight will be Masahiro Tanaka, 7-4 with a 3.80 ERA. Tanaka won 13 games for the Pinstripes last year in his first Major League season and was very good at home. This year Tanaka's ERA has increased by a run and a half at home but he's still 5-2 in eight starts. Opponents are hitting .226 against him inside Yankee Stadium. Current Red Sox, in 63 plate appearances, are hitting .286 against him.
Mike Napoli has homered twice, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez both have a home run as well.
Henry Owens will make his Major League debut in this game, he had a 3.16 ERA in Triple A before being called up. The lefty walks an average of better than four hitters per nine innings, which could prove to be a problem tonight against a New York team that can draw walks as the Yankees have the fifth-most in the league to date.
Tanaka on the mound, the Yankees playing well at home and Owens making his first career start have the Red Sox in a tough spot here tonight.
Free Pick: Yankees
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