There is no easing back from the All-Star break for the participants of baseball’s most storied rivalry.
The American League East-leading Red Sox host the second-place Yankees for Custom Dolphins Jersey four games in three days beginning on Friday night in the MLB Network Showcase game at Fenway Park, which will surely be rocking from all corners.Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.
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“You get into the second half, particularly when you’re in the division, and there may be some added weight that goes to wins and losses as remaining games as the number of remaining games continue to dwindle,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
“I like the way we set up coming out of the break, the way our pitchers are throwing. It’s always a great series when we go up against New York. We’re going up against a couple of pitchers in there that are throwing the ball well. We’ve just got to come out and continue to play good baseball.”
For the Yankees, this is the start of an 11-game road trip that starts East (Boston), continues Central (Minnesota) and finishes West Personalized Dolphins Jersey (Seattle).
“This is going to be very important, obviously,” said Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. “We’ve got to come out of the break and play them well. They’re lining up their best pitchers and we’re lining up our pitchers as well. Hopefully we take three out of four. That would be huge.”Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.
“It’s a really significant trip for us, because we have to start playing better,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s an important road trip, but it’s not the end-of-the-world road trip. We still have 60 or so games left after that road trip, but it’s important.”
New York, led by breakout rookie Aaron Judge, spent much of the first half leading the AL East. But the Red Sox have held the top spot in the division since June 30.
“Every series is crucial, but especially playing the Red Sox,” Judge said. “They’re in first place right now, so it’s going to be big for us.
“We’re in a good place. We’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of guys go down, but we’ve also had a lot of guys step up for us. We’ve had a lot of young talent coming up and Custom Packers Jersey produce for us, and a lot of more Personalized Patriots Jersey guys in the Minor Leagues still to come up. I’m excited for the second half.”
The series gives the Yankees an immediate chance to close the gap against a team they’ve played some of their best baseball against this season. The Bombers have had an upper hand in the rivalry so far, taking four of the first five games.
Judge brings 30 homers with him to Fenway, an amazing feat for half of a season.
“Obviously he has the size and power,” said Red Sox setup man Joe Kelly, who struck Judge out on a 102.2-mph fastball on June 6. “He’s a big human being, you can tell from facing him last year to facing him to this year, he put a lot of work into the offseason of trying to minimize moving parts. When you’re that big, there’s so many fine movements. He did a great job of trying to simplify it. He knows he’s a strong guy.”Women’s Nike Custom Made Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale.
The Fenway faithful should get its first look at another of the Baby Bombers, as Clint Frazier was called up on July 1, and hit a walk-off homer at Yankee Stadium on July 8. The Red Sox are also led by several homegrown stars, including Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and veteran leader Dustin Pedroia.
“Even a month ago, you look at what a strong one or two weeks is going to do with the standings — it can turn them upside-down,” Farrell said. “We’ve made up quite a bit of ground in the last three weeks. No one is overlooking anyone. No one is overestimating their place today. More importantly, we’ve Custom Patriots Jersey just got to continue to work and stay focused on the task at hand and that’s what we’ve got to do today.”
Drew Pomeranz draws the assignment for the Red Sox in Friday night’s opener. Ace Chris Sale takes the ball on Saturday. Rick Porcello and David Price get the assignments in Sunday’s day-night doubleheader. The Yankees have yet to reveal their rotation plans for after the break.
Three things to know about this game
• The Yankees expect to get Matt Holliday back for this series. The veteran had been sidelined with a viral infection. Second baseman Starlin Castro could return at some point at Fenway as well. He had a right hamstring strain.
• One thing that surely endears Pomeranz to Red Sox fans is his track record of success against the Yankees. In six career appearances against the Yankees (five starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Pomeranz has pitched well against everyone lately, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his last five starts.
• Judge is slashing .333/.478/.556 against the Red Sox this season with a homer. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has had a tough time against the Yankees so far this season, going 1-for-16.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.