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Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts Attendance: 36,434
Slumping Yankees look to get back on track vs. rival Red Sox
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
- The Yankees have lost seven of their last eight games, their worst stretch since dropping seven straight last season from Sept. 4-10. They're unbeaten in the last five series with the Red Sox (4-0-1), outscored them, 27-3, in the last two meetings on July 16-17 and have won 40 of the last 54 meetings in the Bronx.
- Since surrendering five runs over three innings in his season debut on July 21, Yankees right-hander Domingo German has given up five runs over 14.2 IP in his last three starts. In his last start against the Red Sox on July 25, 2021, he did not allow a hit until Alex Verdugo doubled leading off the eighth inning.
- Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has a 12-game on-base streak and owns a .409/.552/.773 slash line with two homers and six RBI during a six-game hitting streak. The major league leader in homers, RBI, runs scored, slugging and OPS (minimum 160 PA), he's 5-for-6 (.833) with two homers and four RBI in his last two games against Boston.
- Thursday's victory over Baltimore gave the Red Sox their first series win this season against an AL East opponent (1-11-1). They've dropped 14 of their last 20 on the road and Boston starting pitchers have an 8.49 ERA in six games at Yankee Stadium this season.
- Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi has a 7.29 ERA and .830 opponent OPS in four starts since the All-Star break after posting a 3.34 ERA and .740 OPS in 13 starts before it. He's allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last 12 starts at Yankee Stadium but has surrendered five homers over his last 14.1 IP there.
- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Thursday joined Carl Yastrzemski as the only players in Red Sox history to collect 300 doubles before turning 30 years old. He has a .306/.405/.333 slash line against the Yankees this season but has just one home run and seven RBI in 16 games at Yankee Stadium since August 15, 2020.
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Andrew Benintendi will see the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry from a different perspective on Friday when the American League East rivals begin a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Benintendi is returning to Boston for the first time since he was traded as part of a three-team swap from the Red Sox to the Kansas City Royals in February 2021. He was injured and did not play for the Royals when they visited Boston last season.
"Obviously, the series are intense. And the fans are really into it. As are we," Benintendi said, per the New York Daily News. "For me, I think, it'll be the same as it was -- intense. But I'll just be on the other side."
Benintendi, who spent his first five major league seasons with the Red Sox, overcame a sluggish start with the Yankees to heat up of late. He rebounded from a 2-for-25 performance in his first nine games with New York by going 5-for-15 with three RBIs and three runs over his last four.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, they have lost seven of their last eight games.
"We know we're going to be fine in the long run," catcher Kyle Higashioka said following New York's 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
"But it gets more and more frustrating every day that we don't come out and win. We're definitely not satisfied with that. This is the time of the season where you've got to dig deep and really pull it together because it's a long year, and it only gets tougher as it goes on. We're going to dig a little deeper."
Aaron Judge belted his majors-best 45th homer of the season in the seventh inning on Wednesday.
Judge is batting .400 (28 for 70) with 12 homers, 29 RBIs and 20 runs since the All-Star break. The slugger is hitting .308 (12 for 39) with two homers, five RBIs and nine runs against Boston this season.
Judge has hit well against Friday's scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 4.23 ERA), going 9-for-26 with one homer and two RBIs.
Eovaldi, 32, has surrendered three homers in a pair of no-decisions against New York this season. He is 3-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 17 career appearances (14 starts) versus the Yankees.
New York will counter with right-hander Domingo German (1-2, 5.09), who sustained a hard-luck loss in his last outing. He permitted one run on four hits in five innings of a 1-0 setback at the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
German, 30, is 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against Boston.
The Red Sox have struggled mightily versus AL East representatives this season. However, they recorded their first series win versus the division with a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. The win in the one-game series improved Boston to 1-11-1 in sets versus AL East foes.
The Red Sox, who reside on the outside looking in during the chase for a wild-card spot, posted just their second win in their last eight games.
"I know the math doesn't help us," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "When teams are playing against each other, we have to win, and we haven't done that for a month. We're still there. The guys know it."
--Field Level Media
Updated August 12, 2022