Game 107: Rivalry Renewed

CC Sabathia makes his 35th start as a New York Yankee against the Boston Red Sox and will take on fellow southpaw Brian Johnson.

Sabathia has held down the back of the Yankees rotation once again, pitching to a 3.53 ERA (4.55 FIP). Since June (nine starts), the Yankees are 6-3 and Sabathia has a solid 3.33 ERA and 47 strikeouts. In two starts against Boston in 2018, CC is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA.

Johnson gets the start today with Chris Sale moving onto the 10-day disabled list with minor inflammation in his left shoulder. The 27-year-old has worked mostly as a reliever, but has also made six starts. His last five outings have come as a starter, and he is 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA in that time (allowed five earned runs in 24 innings – beware small sample size). In his career, Johnson has yet to allow a run in 4⅔ innings against the Yanks.

Luke Voit will bat seventh as the designated hitter in his Yankees debut. Brett Gardner slides from the leadoff spot to the second-leadoff spot with the lefty on the hill for Boston.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – RF
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. Steve Pearce – 1B
  4. J.D. Martínez – DH
  5. Ian Kinsler – 2B
  6. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  7. Blake Swihart – C
  8. Brock Holt SS
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF


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