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Heads up: Tanaka set for season debut vs. Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees host the Red Sox in their home opener for just the second time in the last 15 seasons. The last time they did so, in 2013, the Sox earned an 8-2 victory, with Jon Lester besting CC Sabathia. Boston would go on to win the World Series that year.
  2. The Yanks won eight of the last nine meetings between the clubs in 2019, part of a 14-5 advantage in the season series. The Bronx Bombers scored at least five runs in 15 of the 19 games versus Boston and batted .290 as a club.
  3. The Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with road wins over the Mets on Wednesday and Thursday. After allowing at least seven runs in all four defeats, Boston allowed a total of seven runs in the two victories at Citi Field.
  4. Christian Vazquez is off to an 8-for-19 start, has the most hits among MLB catchers, and is tied for the major league lead with four home runs. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is 0-for-15 in 2020; only Detroit's Jeimer Candelario and San Francisco's Hunter Pence (both 0-for-17) have more at-bats without a hit.
  5. Boston is hitting .311 off left-handed pitching in 2020, ranking second among AL clubs (Chicago - .385). The team's 32 hits off southpaws are 10 more than any other club; individually, Kevin Pillar is tied for the MLB lead with five hits against lefties.
  6. Giancarlo Stanton is 8-for-16 with a pair of home runs and six RBI. His OPS of 1.600 leads all MLB players with a minimum of 15 plate appearances and is the top mark for Stanton through five games in any season of his 11-year career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/31/2020 thru 8/2/2020

One of the scariest moments of summer camp for the New York Yankees occurred during the first workout on July 4 when Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton's line drive.

Four weeks later, Tanaka is ready to make his season debut. He will be on the mound Saturday night when the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox.

Tanaka was diagnosed with a mild concussion after Stanton's 112 mph liner struck him on the right temple. After getting hit, Tanaka was motionless on the ground for about 10 minutes and sent to a nearby hospital.

Tanaka's final steps toward returning occurred when he pitched in a simulated game in Moosic, Pa., on Sunday when he threw about two innings.

"I'm feeling good, no problems at all," Tanaka said through an interpreter Friday. "I'm not sure how many pitches I'll be given, so I'll guess we'll see."

When Tanaka was hurt, there was not a protective netting. On Saturday, he will be wearing a protective insert in his hat.

Tanaka, starting his seventh season in New York, was 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 appearances (31 starts) last season.

The right-hander is 8-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 21 career starts against the Red Sox. Last season, he was 0-1 with a 24.75 ERA in three starts against Boston, and in the past two seasons, he owns a 12.67 ERA against the Red Sox.

Tanaka will be taking the mound after the Yankees opened the series with a 5-1 victory on Friday. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight game while Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner also connected, giving the Yankees 12 homers through the first six games.

The New York offense wasn't affected by the lack of fans at the home opener on Friday.

"Very different," Judge said of playing in an empty stadium. "We enjoyed it. We were locked in and ready to go from the first pitch."

The Red Sox were unable to follow up two straight wins at Citi Field over the New York Mets, losing for the ninth time in their past 10 meetings with the Yankees. Michael Chavis homered but the Red Sox hit into three double plays as J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez were a combined 0-for-10.

While Vazquez is batting .348, Devers is 5-for-29 (.172) and Martinez is 7-for-32 (.219).

"It would be nice for one of us to get going a little a bit," said Martinez, who was 5-for-9 in the first two games of the season.

The Red Sox hope Martinez and some of their other slumping hitters can get going in support of Zack Godley, who starts Saturday.

Godley made a case to be included in the rotation when he pitched four scoreless innings Monday in Boston's 7-4 loss to the New York Mets. The right-hander threw 53 pitches to 16 hitters, and he could be stretched out a little further.

"It's exciting," Godley said. "That (Yankees) lineup speaks for itself. They do what they do night in, night out. The biggest thing is trying to get ground balls."

Godley will be making his first start since June 22, 2019, when he pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Francisco Giants. His only appearance against the Yankees came on Aug. 8, 2019, for the Toronto Blue Jays when he allowed three runs in three innings out of the bullpen.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 1, 2020

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