MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
NY Yankees0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 5120
Boston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 070
  W: J. Paxton (13-6)   L: E. Rodriguez (17-6)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 9, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 35,884

Yankees look to beat rival Red Sox once again

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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
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

The New York Yankees get the chance to put what could be the final nail in the coffin of their rivals when they face the host Boston Red Sox in the finale of a four-game series Monday.

New York has won two of the first three games in the series to drop Boston's chance to make the playoffs to less than 1 percent, according to FanGraphs. After a 10-5 Yankees win Sunday, the Red Sox parted ways with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Left-hander James Paxton (12-6, 4.16 ERA) gets the nod for New York in the last game between the two teams this regular season. Boston will counter with southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5, 3.81).

Boston made the postseason from 2016-18 under Dombrowski's guide, including winning the 2018 World Series. The veteran executive has been a popular target for criticism this year, most notably when the team stood pat at the trade deadline despite being on the outside of the playoff picture.

Dombrowski's firing might signal the Red Sox are set to wave the white flag, now down eight games in the AL wild-card chase with three weeks to go.

A big part of Boston's problems this season has been New York, which has won 13 of their 18 meetings thus far. In Sunday's contest, Gleyber Torres, Mike Tauchman and Aaron Judge all went deep for the Yankees to set a club record for homers as a team at 268, surpassing the 267 they hit last year.

Left fielder Tauchman would leave the game in the fourth inning with tightness in his left calf, and he returned to New York for further tests Monday.

"It's certainly a concern," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "The calf was bothering him, so we'll see what we have hopefully by tomorrow."

The injury marred the good vibes from infielder Gio Urshela's return from the injured list earlier in the day. Urshela, who was sidelined the 10-day minimum with a groin ailment, came on as a defensive substitution Sunday and is expected to start Monday.

For the Red Sox, left-hander David Price (wrist) and rookie infielder Michael Chavis (shoulder, oblique) are both question marks to return this year. Manager Alex Cora said Sunday the team will remain cautious with Price, while Chavis is raring to return before the end of the month.

"One of my goals is just to not finish the season on the IL," Chavis said. "I really just want to play before the season is over."

Rodriguez is the man Boston wants on the mound, having won each of his last four starts, including seven shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins last time out. His only loss since June 9 came against New York on Aug. 2, and he's 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in three starts against the club this season.

For his career, Rodriguez is 6-5 with a 4.03 ERA in 17 games (15 starts).

Paxton is coming off one of his strongest outings of the year, striking out 12 and giving up just one hit over seven innings to the Texas Rangers. He beat Boston by giving up just two runs over six innings in that Aug. 2 game and is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his three starts against the Red Sox this season.

Paxton is 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in seven starts lifetime versus Boston.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 9, 2019

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