Boston Red Sox Odds
Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi is to a 2-for-21 start, something that gets magnified even more in a 60-game season. He was not in Friday’s lineup. “He changes that leg lift,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Sometimes it’s a timing mechanism that helps him really start to generate some more bat speed, but it’s also to the point that, if you’re a little late with it, you’re always trying to catch up.”
Benintendi likely will be back in the lineup Saturday since he is 9-for-29 (.310) with two homers off New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Right-hander Zack Godley (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will serve as Boston’s opener, coming off an impressive outing Monday against the Mets: four shutout innings, seven strikeouts.
New York Yankees Odds
Almost a month after getting drilled in the head by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his season debut Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. “I’m feeling good, no problems at all,” Tanaka said through an interpreter Friday. “I’m not sure how many pitches I’ll be given, so I’ll guess we’ll see.”
The Yankees’ bullpen, already short-handed after closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for coronavirus during summer camp, took another hit Friday when the team announced Tommy Kahnle likely will require Tommy John surgery. Chad Green and Jonathan Holder, who combined on three scoreless innings Friday, likely will see increased action.