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Major League Baseball
Preview
NY Yankees at Boston
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, August 1, 2014
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Red Sox team that hosts the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series on Friday will look like a very different club than the one that ended the day on Wednesday. The Red Sox went to full-on sale mode at Thursday’s trade deadline, sending away top two starters Jon Lester and John Lackey while setting themselves up for 2015. The Yankees are still going for it in 2014 and even completed a rare trade with rival Boston.

New York picked up disappointing shortstop Stephen Drew from the Red Sox just prior to the deadline and will move the veteran to second base while Derek Jeter stays at shortstop. The Yankees, who are in third place in the American League East after dropping four of their last five, made a number of smaller moves to bolster the offense and add some versatility on defense, bringing in Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Drew to join Chase Headley in a rebuilt infield. Boston, which sits firmly in last place in the AL East, sent away Lester in exchange for Oakland All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes while also letting go of Lackey, Jonny Gomes, Drew and left-hander Andrew Miller.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, YES (New York), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LHP Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.30 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Anthony Ranaudo (NA)

Capuano is another part of New York’s in-season rebuilding effort and is pitching against his former team after being designated for assignment by Boston in June. The veteran made his first appearance for the Yankees on Saturday and held Toronto to two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings without factoring in the decision. Capuano is making his second straight start after serving as a reliever with the Red Sox.

Ranaudo is being recalled to make his major-league debut in place of Lackey, who was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly. Ranaudo is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season after making the Double-A All-Star game in 2013. The LSU product is one of several prospects who figures to get a long look down the stretch.

WALK-OFFS


1. The Red Sox received INF Kelly Johnson from the Yankees in exchange for Drew.

2. New York will clear room for Drew to play everyday by designating veteran 2B Brian Roberts for assignment.

3. Boston also picked up an extra draft pick in the Lester deal, getting Oakland’s competitive balance pick in the 2015 draft.

PREDICTION: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Yankees 55-52 L1 25-26 30-26 19-22 9-9 14-14 13-7
Boston 48-60 L3 26-29 22-31 18-30 14-15 10-9 6-6
Last Meeting
NY Yankees Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/29/14 BOS 8 NYY 5 .257 2 .840 .364 1 .961
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Yankees D. Jeter .375 12 .835
Boston M. Napoli .306 11 1.071
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Yankees C. Beltran 4 8 7
Boston M. Napoli 3 5 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Yankees 2.93 .278 89
Boston 3.98 .220 70
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Yankees B. Gardner .283 110 .816
Boston B. Holt .302 93 .772
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Yankees M. Teixeira 18 42 50
Boston D. Ortiz 25 42 77
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Yankees 3.89 .252 901
Boston 3.90 .246 853