NY Yankees at Boston Red Sox
When: 7:05 PM ET, Sunday, July 28, 2019
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Preview for Digital Sports Desk by Gracenote
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox are sending the American League East-leading New York Yankees a not-so-subtle message: “You don’t want to see us in the postseason.” After treating the visiting Yankees like punching bags by amassing 38 runs over the last three days, the Red Sox look to complete a four-game sweep in the series finale tonight at Fenway Park.
J.D. Martinez put the Red Sox ahead to stay with his second homer in as many days and extended his hitting streak to six games in Saturday’s 9-5 romp. Rafael Devers has hit safely in eight consecutive games following his second straight three-hit performance as Boston scored at least eight runs for a record sixth straight game in the rivalry to hand the New York its first series loss since June 7-9 in Cleveland. Gio Urshela went 4-for-4 with a home run for the Yankees, who have allowed at least seven runs (and 73 total) in a franchise-record seven straight games.
New York will send 12-game winner Domingo German to the mound to oppose Chris Sale as the Yankees attempt to halt a seven-game streak in which their starting pitcher failed to make it past 4 1/3 innings.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Domingo German (12-2, 4.03 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Chris Sale (5-9, 4.00)
German won his first three starts in impressive fashion since returning from the injured list, but that streak came to a crashing halt when he was shelled for eight runs on nine hits (three homers) over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Minnesota on Tuesday. He also lasted 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus Boston on June 1, giving up three runs and six hits. Brock Holt is 3-for-4 against German, who owns a 6-1 record away from home despite a bloated 5.66 ERA.
Sale has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season after striking out 10 and surrendering a pair of runs on four hits at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He was overpowering in his previous outing against Toronto, allowing two hits over six scoreless innings while racking up 12 strikeouts. Edwin Encarnacion is 7-for-21 with three home runs off Sale, who has lost both decisions against New York this season, giving up four runs in each of his starts at Yankee Stadium.
- Yankees 2B DJ LeMahieu sat out Saturday due to tightness in the groin and underwent an MRI exam.
- Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi is 7-for-13 with a homer and seven runs scored in the series.
- Yankees 1B Luke Voit is 16-for-35 this season and 27-for-63 lifetime versus Boston.