NY Yankees at Boston
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON – Left-hander David Price has been virtually unhittable through his first two starts but he has been beat up routinely over the past two seasons by the New York Yankees. Price looks to continue his sizzling start to the season when the streaking Boston Red Sox go for their 10th consecutive victory against the visiting Yankees in the second of their three-game series on Wednesday night.
Price has received one run of support in 14 innings but he had to feel heartened by the offensive show put up by his teammates in a 14-1 demolition in the series opener. The top three batters in the lineup, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez, were a combined 8-for-9 with eight runs and nine RBIs as Boston ripped off its ninth straight win since dropping its season opener. The one bright spot in an otherwise dismal night for the Yankees was right fielder Aaron Judge, who collected three hits and homered after entering the game 3-for-36 with 14 strikeouts at Fenway Park. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will oppose Price for New York, which has lost four of its last five games and been tagged for 37 runs in that span.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, WPIX (New York), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (1-0, 0.00)
Tanaka has split his first two decisions despite turning in a pair of quality starts, holding Toronto to one run on three hits over six innings before yielding three runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last start at Baltimore on Thursday. Tanaka is 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA lifetime against Boston but he has pitched superbly at Fenway Park, allowing six runs over 30 1/3 innings in his last four starts there. J.D. Martinez is 5-for-9 with two homers against him.
Limited to 11 starts in 2017, Price opened the season by blanking Tampa Bay on four hits over seven innings in his season debut before tossing seven scoreless frames of three-hit ball in a rematch with the Rays. Price was 1-4 with 32 runs allowed in his first six starts versus the Yankees since joining Boston before blanking them over eight innings last July. Didi Gregorius (12-for-27) and Gary Sanchez (5-for-11, 4 HRs) have tormented Price.
1. Betts joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players with at least four hits, five runs and four RBIs against the Yankees.
2. Sanchez was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday to fall to 2-for-36 on the season.
3. Ramirez has hit safely in eight straight games and has 11 RBIs in his last six.
CHICAGO — Five-time All-Star David Price is expected to make his season debut Monday for the Boston Red Sox in the opener of their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The 31-year-old left-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since Oct. 2 because of a strained left elbow.
“My thought process is to put up zeros and help us win. That’s what I’m here to do. That’s what I plan on doing on Monday,” Price told reporters Thursday.
Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young winner, allowed nine runs (six earned) and 12 hits, struck out eight and walked two in 5 2/3 innings in two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. He threw 89 pitches in 3 2/3 innings in his last outing.
“A lot of pitches in a short amount of time,” Price told reporters. “I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six (innings) in 90 pitches. To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”
Price is 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 13 career starts against the White Sox, including 3-4, 4.30 in seven turns at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“He’s eager to get back to us, and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Boston has won six of its last seven games while the White Sox took three of four over the weekend against Detroit. Last season, Chicago won four of seven games against the Red Sox.
For the White Sox, left-hander David Holmberg (0-0, 0.87 ERA) will make his first start of the season. He struck out six and walked two in eight relief appearances after the White Sox purchased his contract from Triple-A Charlotte on May 4. He is 3-6 with a 5.47 ERA in 22 career major league appearances, including 12 starts.
At Charlotte, Holmberg was 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA in six appearances, including one start. Holmberg has never faced the Red Sox.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Monday could be a bullpen day, but hopes Holmberg can pitch five innings.
“We’re hoping that we can take him out to a five-inning stint, depending on how many pitches he throws and things like that nature,” Renteria said. “He was starting obviously in the minor leagues, so he had been stretched out. Everybody’s going to have to be available, but I’m hopeful that he’s going to give us a good outing.”
The series will reunite the White Sox with Chris Sale, who was a five-time All-Star when he pitched for Chicago from 2010-16. The hard-throwing left-hander was traded to Boston in December in exchange for four prospects, including highly touted infielder Yoan Moncada. Sale is scheduled to start Tuesday.
“He has my respect,” White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu said through a translator. “He was one of the best teammates that I had here in my first three years, and that will be fun. He’s a very good pitcher, and we’ll see what happens.
FT. MYERS – (Wire Service Report) – Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list after the former Cy Young Award winner re-aggravated an elbow injury during spring training, the team announced Tuesday. Price, 31, experienced pain and swelling after throwing a simulated game on Feb. 28 and was later examined by surgeons James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache, who concluded that the injury did not require surgery.
“At this point, it would be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told ESPN.
Boston hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates in its season opener April 3.
Price threw for the first time since the injury popped up last Friday, but still has no timetable to move onto a more strenuous throwing program. Price told the Boston Globe his range of motion has already returned to normal.
“With the progress I’ve made right now, honestly (it’s) out of my mind,” Price said. “It’s been comforting the way the past probably three days have gone.”
Price posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA and 228 strikeouts over 230 innings last season, his first of a seven-year, $217 million pact with the Red Sox.