BOSTON -- Now that No. 660 is out of the way, we can all return to our regularly scheduled baseball season. Saturday's episode involves the latest chapter in the vaunted New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry, and Nathan Eovaldi's first encounter with it.
The Yankees starter gave up more hits than any pitcher in baseball as a member of the Miami Marlins last season, and this season has shown a curious mixture of electric stuff -- his fastball was clocked at 100 mph in a start earlier this year -- and hit-ability, since he has allowed 31 hits in his first 21 2/3 innings as a Yankees. It will be interesting to see how Eovaldi's stuff plays at Fenway, a great hitter's park, and against the Red Sox lineup, which has more than a couple of great hitters.
Here's today's lineup, first pitch at 1:35 p.m. ET (YES Network):
Chris Young RF
Eovaldi (1-0, 4.15)
Teixeira, who was hit by a pitch on his surgically-repaired right wrist in the seventh inning of Friday's 3-2 Yankees win, reported he was good to go Saturday morning. ... Carlos Beltran, who had two hits including an RBI double Friday night, is 1-for-7 lifetime against Red Sox starter Wade Miley and was given the day off. ... Miley has never lost to the Yankees. He is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in three career starts and beat them on April 11 at Yankee Stadium, allowing one run on one hit over seven innings and retiring the last 17 hitters he faced.