Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

There is no other option. Athletes apparently feel so much pressure to perform, they can't enjoy themselves if they struggle at the plate or blow a big game. Ever since the postseason past year Gregorious has stepped up in a major way.

Except, at 5-5, their mastery lies only in their own fate. Chris Carter retains it with 4 6 at 2013, when he had been with all the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox (8-1) rallied to their eighth straight victory Sunday.

Closer Brad Brach walked a pair and committed an error to load the bases in the 12th before starting a clever 1-2-5 double play with catcher Caleb Joseph and striking out Giancarlo Stanton to end the game.

The injury-plagued Yankees will try to do that against a Red Sox team that has burst to an 8-1 start under new manager Alex Cora. The Yankees have been known for their strong pen over the last couple of years and it was expected to be strong this year, but that has not been the case so far as their pen had a 4.89 ERA in the early going, compared to a 3.19 ERA by their starters.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Five of Boston's wins this season have been in come-from-behind fashion. The Red Sox were roundly criticized for not admonishing Price more harshly after he berated beloved Hall of Fame hurler Dennis Eckersley on the team plane. To put that in perspective, consider that Joe DiMaggio struck out 13 times in all of 1941, a season in which he won one of his three American League Most Valuable Player Awards.

But on Tuesday, extended spring training is over. Don't expect a turnaround anytime soon as All-Star outfielder Wil Myers has been placed on the DL with nerve irritation in his right arm. His replacement, Billy McKinney, sprains his shoulder crashing into the outfield wall two games into his big league career.

Notes & quotes: Cashman said "the hope" is that Gary Sanchez, who missed Saturday's and Sunday's games with a calf issue, will be back in the lineup Tuesday.

Don't tell New Yorkers that. Ronald Torreyes has made a name for himself by succeeding in whatever role the Yankees' need him in, much like he did previous year. They're not chanting, "Red Sox suck, " in Manhattan during championship parades. Weather permitting, we'll get to see Chris Sale vs. Luis Severino and David Price vs. Masahiro Tanaka in the first two games. "But we showed what type of team we are in this series". Meanwhile, the Yankees are 5-5 as they look to recapture their 2017 magic. Asked about the Yankees on Sunday afternoon, the new manager played it cool. But only Judge and Gregorius have lived up to the hype. Stanton achieved that only nine times last season and never more than 11 times in a season in his career. His final line was 4 1/3 innings, two earned runs, two hits, one home run, one strikeout, six walks and one wild pitch, throwing 85 pitches, 47 for strikes. He doesn't need to hit 50 home runs or even drive in 130 runs, but the reigning MVP needs to return to hitting for contact and not focusing on hitting to select parts of the field. However, when you have to face Judge and Stanton, regardless of batting average, anything can happen.

Since going 3 for 5 with a double and two homers in his Yankees debut, he has hit.108 (4 for 37) with one home run and three RBI and 19 strikeouts. All three home runs came from now ex-Yankees, in Chase Headley, Todd Frazier, and Matt Holliday.

  • Julie Sanders