Red Sox Kick Off First Yankees Series Of The Season

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Playing for a team where pressure is as much a part of the uniform as the pinstripes, Stanton won't get much of a mental break.

Pablo Olivares hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning, but the Lakeland Flying Tigers (2-2) scored two late runs and held on to beat the Tampa Tarpons (2-2), 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Boston's other two wins were against the equally woeful Miami Marlins. The Red Sox will try to extend their winning streak in a three-game series against the New York Yankees starting Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see what they do with the rotating DH spot and the outfielders especially if Giancarlo Stanton continues to struggle, although benching the $325 million star seems like a stretch. Even if they are only 5-5 on the season, Boston's biggest rival poses their biggest challenge of the season.

Tony Massarotti opened up the Baseball Reporters previewing tonight's start to the Red Sox 3-game series with the New York Yankees. Something tells us the MVP is going to figure it out, even if he does strike out plenty.

New York's Jordan Montgomery allowed four runs and a career-high 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Finally, Tony talked about Alex Cora's honesty. He's has never faced Stanton, but Sale has a great track record against Aaron Judge (0-for-12, 10 K's) and Gary Sanchez (3-for-17, 7 K's). It is the ideal time to start overreacting about the Red Sox and Yankees this season. And while there are always expectations for the Yankees, this year feels a little different.

The Red Sox went 8-11 SU against the Yankees last season. I can't find a whole lot of reasons to pick NY here, so I'm going Red Sox. They've issued 20 free passes in those innings, as well, which could prove to be incredibly advantageous for the Yankees lineup.

"No, he's too good a player for that", Boone said.

When Montgomery turned over the ball to the bullpen the Yankees were up 5-4.

Gregorius revealed that the Yankees have yet to talk to him about a potential contract extension, but he clarified that he is ready to sit down with the front office about extending his stay in NY. NY is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

At least for NY, their late-inning aces David Robertson and Dellin Betances have been solid as of late. Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs.

It's hard to imagine a player of his stature having a poorer start with a new team than Giancarlo Stanton has had in his first week as a New York Yankee. Stanton can't be disappointed.

They should know, then, that booing is a tradition that dates back to the gladiators at the Roman Colosseum, except these days you don't get thrown to the lions for blowing a save or, in Stanton's case, striking out five times.

Afterward, while Stanton handled himself at his locker professionally, the one question that obviously bothered him was being asked when the last time a manager intentionally walked a hitter to get to him.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters and yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his home pitching debut, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday. That's not going to get it done going forward.

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