The Yankees look to avoid their fifth straight loss when they face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.
The Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 8 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Despite that, they have the third-best record in the American League and hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A's for the first wild-card spot. ... Yankees relievers have a 7.56 ERA in the month of August, allowing 14 runs and 26 hits in 16 2/3 innings.
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Mookie Betts, CF|
|Giancarlo Stanton, DH||Andrew Benintendi, LF|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Steve Pearce, DH|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||J.D. Martinez, RF|
|Miguel Andujar, 3B||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|Luke Voit, 1B||Mitch Moreland, 1B|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Eduardo Nunez, 3B|
|Austin Romine, C||Brock Holt, 2B|
|Shane Robinson, RF||Sandy Leon, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84 ERA), who has not allowed a run in his last 15 innings pitched. ... Tanaka, 29, has allowed 10 runs and 15 hits in 10 innings in two starts against the Red Sox this season. ... In his last outing, Tanaka struck out eight batters in six scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles last Tuesday.
Who is starting for the Red Sox?
LHP David Price (11-6, 3.97 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 24.92 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season. ... When he faced the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 1, he allowed eight runs, nine hits and five home runs in 3 1/3 innings. ... In his last two starts, though, the 32-year-old Price is 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA, giving up just one run and 12 hits in 14 1/3 innings.
More Yankees notes
The Yankees are 4-6 without Aaron Judge in the lineup this season. ... Over his last 19 games, Giancarlo Stanton has a .329/.349/.507 batting line with three home runs and 14 RBIs. ... Aaron Hicks is slashing .375/.556/.667 in nine games since July 26.