First Yankees homestand ends with boos for Stanton

First Yankees homestand ends with boos for Stanton

In seven games against divisional foes, Red Sox starters have an ERA of 1.71 and the bullpen's ERA is 5.09.

They've won eight straight since losing on Opening Day at Tampa Bay, a run highlighted by Sunday's improbable comeback against the Rays. Sale, Price, and Rick Porcello have given up a total of five runs in their first six starts. He has also had to navigate a ton of injuries.

After two weeks of teeing off on punching bags, the Red Sox finally get an opponent that'll fight back.

Players like Stanton and Judge can get hot at any moment. They weren't in dire need of an outfielder this offseason with Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier in the organization. For Giancarlo Stanton, he'll get a taste of how tough it is wearing that very jersey while in Boston. Two months later the Sox countered with slugger J.D. Martinez.

After dealing with plenty of boo-birds after dropping three of four games at home to Baltimore last week, the Yankees may be happy to be hitting the road for their next six games.

Stanton is the first Yankees player in the live-ball era to have two games with no hits and five strikeouts in the same season.

Stanton was booed vociferously by Yankees fans because of his terrible performance during his first homestand wearing pinstripes. When the Yankees finally got on the board for the first time in the fifth, it was on their lone highlight of the night - a 444-foot solo blast from Aaron Judge to dead center that traveled out of the park at 116 miles per hour, according to MLB's Statcast.

Chris Mason is a Red Sox beat writer for CNHI Sports Boston. Still, the early-season narrative will be set by what happens over the next three nights.

And this season fans of both teams will be treated to 19 contests to see which GM built the better club.

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But fans aren't feigning any sympathy for Stanton, who is earning a little more than $154,000 a game.

Following a day off, the Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Compared to the Astros and Red Sox, the injury bug has been far more unforgiving to the Yankees. Other notable names on the DL include Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, and Tyler Thornburg, none of whom are expected to be back for this series.

Sale is still looking for his first win over the Yankees in a Red Sox uniform after going 0-3 with a 2.65 ERA in five starts last season.

Give Major League Baseball credit for parsing out the head-to-head meetings between these rivals.

Brach came home to force Austin Romine, and then Joseph, instead of throwing to first as most catchers do, fired to Tim Beckham at third to retire Didi Gregorius and complete an unusual 1-2-5 double play.

That means we'll be doing this dance all season.

Sanchez, off to a terrible start at the plate, missed the last two games with a sore calf, but he hopes to play Tuesday night. After all, this isn't his first rodeo - and there are still 152 games remaining. Smith has been a nightmare in his bid to claim that eighth inning role, sporting a robust 2.45 WHIP in five appearances (3.2 innings).