Boston Red Sox Preview
The Boston Red Sox look to avoid a road sweep at the hands of the rival New York Yankees in the finale of their three-game series Sunday night. A loss would drop the Red Sox to 3-7 through 10 games of the 60-game season and 1-5 against division opponents entering a key series at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Pitching continues to be Boston’s bugaboo — right-hander Zack Godley allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 loss. Right-hander Austin Brice (0-0, 7.71 ERA) is expected to be the opener Sunday.
New York Yankees Preview
Off to their best start since 2003, the New York Yankees look to keep things rolling by finishing off a sweep of the visiting Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. The Yanks are 6-1 despite a COVID-19-related shakeup to their schedule earlier in the week, and the offense is leading the way.
Aaron Judge has homered in a career-high four straight games, and Gio Urshela hit the first grand slam of his major league career in Saturday’s win.
Left-hander James Paxton (0-1, 27.00 ERA) gets the nod in the finale after struggling with diminished velocity in his first start against the Washington Nationals on July 25. Paxton underwent back surgery in February.