The Yankees may be off tonight, but starting tomorrow all eyes will be in the Bronx as the Red Sox come to town for a three-game set against the first place Yankees. The Yankees play 21 road games within the last nine weeks of the season, but three of the road games are in Queens against the Mets in September. The Yankees and Red Sox aren’t really fighting for anything when it comes to the standings, considering the Red Sox are 13 games back in the American League East entering play today but during the series there will be two Major League debuts, one for the Yankees and one for the Red Sox.
— The Red Sox will send rookie LHP Henry Owens to the mound on Tuesday night which will make him the eighth rookie the Red Sox have used since 1914 to make his debut at Yankee Stadium.
Also expect production from the bottom of the order as the team begins their three game set; the bulk of the Yankees offense during the White Sox series came from guys like Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew, with Drew knocking in four runs in yesterday’s win.
This is a series the Yankees could use to their advantage in order to pad heir lead in the American League. They sit six games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays coming into play today, and this series could give them an advantage, or the Red Sox could spoil the homecoming and once again make the AL East a tight race.