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Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts Attendance: 36,719
Yankees, Red Sox end weekend series with doubleheader
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
- The Yankees hold a significant edge over the rival Red Sox this season, going 4-1 versus Boston thus far this season (outscoring the Red Sox 27-7 in those games). New York's 1.20 ERA versus Boston this season is its lowest against any single opponent since its 1.00 ERA versus San Francisco in 2013.
- The Yankees capped off the first half of the season with a 5-3 home loss to the Brewers, and their 7-18 record since June 13 is the worst in MLB. Their .280 winning percentage over those 25 games is their worst over a 25-game span since May 23 -- June 17, 1995 (also 7-18).
- Boston fell to Tampa Bay 5-3 on Sunday for its fourth loss in its last five games prior to the All-Star break (that five-game stretch immediately followed its six-game winning streak). With a record of 50-39, the Red Sox find themselves at the top of the AL East standings at the break for the first time since 2013.
- Michael Pineda is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in his last five starts versus the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Pineda got the win in his lone start versus Boston this season, allowing just one run (zero earned) in 7.0 innings pitched at Yankee Stadium on June 8 (a 9-1 Yankees win).
- Drew Pomeranz notched his third consecutive win and ninth overall last Friday by pitching 6.0 innings and allowing just two runs at Tampa Bay. In six career appearances versus the Yankees (five starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA, his lowest ERA against any current divisional rival.
- Home Run Derby champion, Aaron Judge, wrapped up his first half with a 1-for-4 day versus the Brewers on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to seven games, two games away from tying the longest streak of his career. Judge is batting .370 with three home runs during the streak.
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BOSTON -- Two games at Fenway Park in one day? Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees figures to be in good shape.
Ellsbury is batting a combined .351 (39-for-111) with five home runs and 11 RBIs against the Boston Red Sox's two starters on Sunday, Rick Porcello and David Price.
Porcello takes the ball for game one of the doubleheader against New York's CC Sabathia in the afternoon while Price opposes Masahiro Tanaka in the nightcap.
New York (46-42) scored three runs in the 16th inning Saturday to earn a 4-1 win over Boston (50-41) after blowing a 4-3 lead in Friday's series-opening 5-4 defeat.
The Yankees moved within 3 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Red Sox.
"Our whole pitching staff did a tremendous job," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who had to use eight pitchers in the marathon five hour, 50-minute game. "I don't know what it means for (Sunday), but that's a long, grueling game."
The Red Sox also used seven relievers after starter Chris Sale tied a season high with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
"Playing the Yankees at Fenway Park, played a great game ... (we're) feeding off of that," Sale said. "I'd say the last two games here have probably been the funnest two games I've ever been a part of. The energy and the ballpark, the fans have really come alive."
As for Porcello and Price, they are a combined 21-18 with a 4.30 ERA in 53 outings versus New York.
Porcello is 7-7 with a 3.47 ERA in 16 starts against New York, but is 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in two starts against the Bronx Bombers this season.
Chase Headley is 10-for-25 (.400) lifetime with a homer and four RBIs versus Porcello.
Price, meanwhile, is 14-11 with a 4.69 ERA in 37 outings against the Yankees, one of which came this season on June 8 when he gave up six runs on eight hits in a five-inning loss.
Each of Gary Sanchez's four career hits off of Price have been home runs, and he has nine RBIs total against him.
Sabathia (7-3, 3.81 ERA) is 14-13 with a 4.32 ERA in 36 career starts against the Red Sox and 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 16 outings at Fenway.
On June 7, Sabathia pitched eight scoreless innings with five strikeouts in New York's 8-0 win. He allowed five hits and did not issue a walk.
Xander Bogaerts (4-for-22), Hanley Ramirez (2-for-16) and Sandy Leon (3-for-8) each have one homer opposite Sabathia. Dustin Pedroia is 17-for-65 (.262) with three RBIs against him.
Tanaka (7-8, 5.47 ERA) is hoping for better second-half fortunes after a rough start to 2017.
He is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox this season, tossing a three-hit shutout with three strikeouts on April 17 at Fenway.
Overall, Tanaka is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 career starts opposite Boston and 3-1 with a 3.32 mark at Fenway.
Ramirez is 5-for-18 (.278) with two homers and three RBIs off Tanaka while Bogaerts is 7-for-32 (.219) with a homer and four RBIs against him.
Updated July 16, 2017