Michael Pineda will make his second start since coming off the DL as the New York Yankees look for a rebound victory at Fenway Park.
- New York Yankees (72-58) @ Boston Red Sox (61-70)
- Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA) – Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA)
- American League
- Today, 7:10 PM on YES, NESN, MLBN
- Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
By Robby Sabo
The New York Yankees 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night wasn’t rough just due to the fact they had a great opportunity to tie it up in the ninth-inning. It stung badly because the Toronto Blue Jays actually allowed the door to open up a smidge.
With the Jays losing to the Cleveland Indians, the Yanks could’ve tied up the loss column with a victory.
It didn’t happen and the AL East deficit for Joe Girardi’s club remains at 1.5. Tonight they’ll throw Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA) out there to oppose the very disappointing Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA).
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While the Yanks still hold a comfortable four-game lead over any other team in for the final AL Wild Card spot, winning the division remains of the utmost importance.
Girardi understands how tough Monday night’s loss was, via ESPN:
‘That’s just a tough one,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Guys had great at-bats there at the end.”
Despite Sox closer Jean Machi throwing all over the place – walking three in the inning – New York couldn’t find that equalizer.
Tonight’s spotlight will be firmly planted on the back of Pineda, who is making his second start since returning after a long stint on the DL. His first appearance back, last week against Houston, didn’t fare well. He allowed five runs in just 4.1 innings.
“I don’t feel good right now because I want to win,” he told MLB’s official website. “The only thing is, keep my head up and continue working to be ready for my next start. The good thing is, I’m feeling good and I’ll be back for pitching every five days. Just keep going.”
Mark Teixeira is still not with the team. He remains in New York having his bum shin examined further.
First pitch is slated for 7:10 PM ET from Boston.
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