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1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, September 7, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,619

Red Sox turning to another opener vs. Yankees

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Yankees and the Red Sox are averaging more than six runs per game against the other this season, and the combined total of 13.06 per game makes this the highest-scoring season series ever between these two franchises.
  2. Gleyber Torres, 22, has 58 home runs in his career, the second most all-time by a Yankee in his first two MLB seasons (Joe DiMaggio -- 75). The only Yankees all-time with more home runs before turning 23 are Mickey Mantle (84) and the aforementioned DiMaggio (75).
  3. This is Mookie Betts' third season recording 25+ home runs, 40+ doubles and 5+ triples in his career. There have only been four other such seasons in Red Sox history where a player reached those numbers: Ted Williams (1939 & 1947), Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2011).
  4. J.D. Martinez has hit 77 home runs in his first two seasons with Boston, tied with Jimmie Foxx for the second most hit in a player's first two seasons with the Red Sox . Tony Armas currently has the record with 79 home runs from 1983-84.
  5. DJ LeMahieu is currently batting .400 (44-for-110) with runners in scoring position this season. Only two Yankees have hit .400+ with RISP in a single season over the past 40 seasons (min. 125 PA): Paul O'Neill (.428 in 1997) and Don Mattingly (.400 in 1984).
  6. In hitting his 34th home run of the season on Tuesday, Gary Sanchez set the franchise single-season mark for HR by a catcher, breaking his own record of 33 set in 2017. Sanchez and Yogi Berra (1952 & 1956) are the only Yankees catchers all-time with multiple 30-home run seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2019 thru 9/9/2019

His team dominated by the New York Yankees all season, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora acknowledged before the clubs played Friday night that sometimes the best way to contend with such a powerhouse is to be creative.

Creative as in using seven pitchers, each of whom weren't on the team's Opening Day roster, to quiet one of the best offenses in baseball? Maybe that isn't exactly how Cora drew it up, but it worked as the host Red Sox came away with a 6-1 victory in the opener of a four-game series between the rivals.

"Right now, this is the way we have to go," Cora told reporters. "We got guys that can get people out, we just have to make sure we find the right matchup for them to go and attack guys."

Whether it was a fluke won't take long to find out, with Boston again planning a bullpen game for Saturday's tilt. Right-hander Travis Lakins (0-1, 4.70 ERA) will kick things off for the Red Sox opposite a traditional Yankees starter, lefty J.A. Happ (11-8, 5.34).

With David Price scratched from his scheduled start Friday following a setback with his ailing wrist, the Red Sox instead turned to Jhoulys Chacin, who hadn't pitched in a game since July 24, when he was still with the Milwaukee Brewers. Chacin threw two perfect innings and set the tone for the six relievers to follow him -- the collective group holding the Yankees to one run on a Brett Gardner homer and just three hits total.

"It's a little different," Gardner said of seeing so many different pitchers. "But September baseball (expanded rosters), unfortunately. We've got three more weeks of that. But that's part of the game. It doesn't matter who you're facing, you want to put good at-bats together. Hopefully, we saved some for tomorrow."

Lakins will look to repeat the feat in his first major league start. The rookie has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen this season, his latest coming on Sunday, and will face New York for the first time in his career.

Happ, meanwhile, is coming off one of his best starts of the season and has already beat Boston twice in three tries this year. The southpaw gave up just one hit over six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, though he walked four. He also struck out five and received a no-decision.

Happ gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings in beating Boston on Aug. 4 and had held the Red Sox to one run over five innings in their previous meeting May 31. For his career, the 36-year-old is 10-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) against the Red Sox.

Friday's victory was only Boston's fifth in 16 meetings with New York this season. The Red Sox have won six of their last nine as they try to emerge from the hole they dug themselves in the American League wild-card hunt.

"We can get on a run," Cora told reporters before Friday's game. "Although you guys don't believe me, but I feel that way. I told the guys today, 'Let's do what we have to do this weekend. We've got to win the series.'"

The Yankees' loss was just their third in their last 11 contests, and they still hold an 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East standings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 7, 2019

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