New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Tip-off: Friday, July 19, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
- New York: Pettitte (7-6, 4.39 ERA)
- Boston: Doubront (6-3, 3.91 ERA)
The AL-leading Boston Red Sox and their YouWager fans are excited that 13 of their first 16 games after the All-Star break will be at home.
The New York Yankees are currently stuck in fourth place in the AL East and have to be hoping they can relive 2012’s success at Fenway Park — which they haven’t visited this year.
Tonight these longtime foes open a three-game set, and star second baseman Robinson Cano will be playing for the Yankees after leaving the All-Star game with a leg injury.
The Red Sox (58-39) start a seven-game homestand versus the Bronx Bombers and second-place Tampa Bay Rays in their first game at Fenway since July 4. Boston leads Tampa Bat by 2 1/2 games in the East.
New York (51-44) is six games back as they start a seven-game road stretch that includes a series with the Texas Rangers.
This week the Yankees main worry was the condition of Cano. The 30 year-old hobbled off the field after being hit on the right leg by a pitch from the New YorkMets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning of Tuesday’s All-Star game.
X-rays were negative, and the second-baseman said it was a bruised quadriceps. Cano also added that Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue says he will be fine.
Online sports betting experts consider Cano will play but fellow infielder Derek Jeter will not after the Yankees placed the veteran shortstop on the disabled list Friday with a strained quad. The 39 year-old suffered the injury in his only game after missing the entire season recovering from a broken ankle, suffering the injury in the eighth inning of an 8-4 win versus the Kansas City Royals on July 11.
Boston leads the MLB in numerous offensive categories, most notably runs (498), extra-base hits (338) and walks (357).
Boston and the Yankees will start left-handers with Boston’s Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91 ERA) matching up with Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39).
the 25 year-old Doubront allowed one run over six innings June 1 to earn an 11-1 win versus New York, giving him a 2-1 mark and 2.32 ERA in five starts against them.
Pettitte has gone 2/3 with a 5.35 ERA over his last six starts, although the Louisiana native won the last two. The 41 year-old earned a 4-2 win versus the Red Sox on April 4 by yielding one run over a season-high eight innings.