Rick Porcello has made 7 straight starts against the Yankees at Fenway in which he's pitched 6+ innings and allowed 2 ER or fewer - the longest streak by a Red Sox vs NY in Fenway history. He faces Yankees ace Luis Severino. Follow all the action here: bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/…
Alex Cora gets his first ejection as Red Sox manager for arguing the warnings given to both teams after Severino goes up and in to Betts with 95 mph with the first pitch of the game. And Cora is livid.
The Legend of Steve Pearce will be a strange chapter of the 2018 Red Sox season. Pearce follows Benintendi's double by demolishing a 1-0 fastball over the Green Monster, his fourth homer against the Yankees in 2 days.
Mookie Betts is playing 2B for the first time since 2014. Worth recalling that he was widely projected as a Gold Glove-caliber 2B (shocker) coming up through the minors. He still takes infield grounders, though usually from the left side, as a means of maintaining quick release.
Second baseman Mookie Betts saw his 6-PA on-base streak come to an end in the first. He started a new one with a double in the second. He found something to help him out of 2nd half struggles prior to Thursday's game bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/… via @BostonGlobe
Pearce played 2B as recently as 2016 and he's been taking grounders there this year. Given vastness of Fenway RF, one wonders why the Sox opted to put Betts in the infield and Pearce in RF, particularly given that Porcello isn't a particularly groundball-heavy pitcher anymore.
For what it's worth in light of Kinsler injury: Tzu-Wei Lin isn't playing tonight in Pawtucket. RHP Mike Shawaryn is, making his PawSox debut. He'd gone 9-up/9-down with 4 Ks before allowing a leadoff single in the 4th.
One night after the Red Sox got into the Yankees bullpen in the 4th inning, Severino is at 67 pitches through 3 innings. This is a very different start from his last vs Boston, when he needed 99 pitches for 6.2 innings.