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Saturday, 17 September 2016 15:39

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Pregame Notes: 9/17/16

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The Boston Red Sox (83-64) will look to take the first three games of a four-game series from the New York Yankees (77-70) as David Price (16-8, 3.81 ERA) will duel against Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.45 ERA) on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. 

Buchholz exercises Yankee demons last night

Clay Buchholz came into yesterday's game with a career 6.19 ERA against the New York Yankees in his career (17 starts) but gave up just two earned runs in six innings to get the victory in the big game. 

For a guy who lacks confidence sometimes, this had to be a shot in the arm for the lanky righty. 

Price going for 8th straight win

After struggling earlier in the season, David Price has righted his ship, going 7-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last seven starts. 

His ERA has dropped below 4.00 and he is searching for his 17th win of the season, which would put him just three behind potential Cy Young candidate and teammate Rick Porcello. 

However, against the Yankees this season, Price is just 1-2 with a 7.79 ERA. But keep in mind, that was when he wasn't pitching well. 

On the other side, Mitchell will be making just his third start of the season and although his ERA looks low at 2.45, he has given up four unearned runs this season. 

Mitchell has allowed five runs on 10 hits against Boston in his career. 

Hanley and Papi are heating up

Ramirez has now homered in six times in the last nine games and if you stretch it even further, he has nine longballs in the last 16 games. 

Last night was the seventh time he has hit homers in back-to-back games this season and with his 101 RBI, it is just the second time he has cracked the 100-RBI plateau in his career. His career high is 106, which he should pass. 

Ortiz, on the other hand, is hitting .390 in September (16-for-41) and has eight extra base hits and 13 RBI. 

Lineups

Boston

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

2.) Xander Bogaerts, SS

3.) David Ortiz, DH

4.) Mookie Betts, RF

5.) Hanley Ramirez, 1B

6.) Travis Shaw, 3B

7.) Sandy Leon, C

8.) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

9.) Andrew Benintendi, LF

New York

1.) Brett Gardner, LF

2.) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

3.) Gary Sanchez, DH

4.) Starlin Castro, SS

5.) Billy Butler, 1B

6.) Didi Gregorius, SS

7.) Chase Headley, 3B

8.) Austin Romine, C

9.) Rob Refsnyder, RF

Notes

- Billy Butler is playing first base for the first time since July 5 when he was with the Oakland A's. 

- Boston is ruining New York's playoff chances with these first two wins. With just 15 games remaining, the Yankees now trail by six games in the division instead of the four they started the season with. New York is four games out of the Wild Card and time is running short for them. 

- The Red Sox still lead the AL East by two games over both Toronto and Baltimore. 

- Ellsbury has 75 at-bats against Price, getting 28 hits in his career. 

- Nobody in the Red Sox lineup has more than three at-bats against Mitchell. 

- Boston is on pace to score the most runs in the major leagues since the 2009 Yankees. 

Red Sox Links

1.) Koji Uehara success could be key in October (ESPN.com)

2.) Tom Werner extremely disappointed in Padres' decision on Preller (MassLive)

MLB Links

1.) Jose Ramirez suspended three games (USA Today)

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Red Sox Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

 

Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas is the Red Sox Beat Team Manager and a member of the Boston Celtics beat team for CLNS Radio. Jess is a co-host on CLNS Radio's Red Sox Beat Podcast as well as a contributor to Celtics Postgame Shows.

Jess currently is a Celtics Production Assistant at the official home of Boston Celtics telecasts, Comcast Sports Net New England.

Jess also currently writes for the MetroWest Daily News.

Previously, Jess was General Manager for Framingham State University's radio station, WJDM 91.3 FM, as well as sports editor for FSU's newspaper, the Gatepost.

Prior to joining CLNS Radio, Jess was an intern at CSNNE as well as WCVB.

Jess is a 2014 graduate of Framingham State University, with a degree in Communication Arts.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @CLNS_JessSayin