New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 9/4/14
Boston Red Sox (60-77) at New York Yankees (70-65)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Brandon Workman (R) (1-7) (5.131) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (9-8) (3.88)
The Line: New York Yankees -167 / Boston Red Sox +157 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees look to rebound against the Boston Red Sox in a nationally televised game on ESPN on Wednesday night.
The Boston Red Sox are left to play spoiler to close the year but they enjoyed that role to the fullest on Tuesday night in a 9-4 rout of their AL East rival. Starter Joe Kelly was effective enough allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six over 6.1 innings and the offense was alive in a 12 hit effort. Xander Bogaerts had four hits including a double and home run while driving in two, Mookie Betts had three hits including a home run, Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a triple and drove in a run, Daniel Nava homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Napoli added two RBI’s in the commanding win.
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Anthony Ranaudo makes his fourth start of his career for the Red Sox on Wednesday after winning his first three starts. Ranaudo enters this game with a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 4.50 over 18 innings of work. Ranaudo faced the Yankees in his first ever start and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings in Boston, conceding a home run to Carlos Beltran.
The New York Yankees can’t afford to drop home games at this stage of the season as they have an uphill climb in the wild card race sitting five games back of the Tigers for the second spot. Rookie Shane Greene was roughed up for the Yankees on Tuesday night allowing six runs on six hits while walking three over just 2.2 innings of work. The offense scored four runs on seven hits in the loss as Brian McCann and Martin Prado each homered in two hit efforts and Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter each drove in a run.
Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the home team Yankees in what’s been a remarkably consistent if not overly impressive campaign. Kuroda enters this game with a WHIP of 1.18 and ERA of 3.88 while posting a 9-8 record on the year. The veteran righty Kuroda struggled in his lone start against the Red Sox on April 12th allowing four runs on six hits over 6.1 innings, but still managed to pick up the win. Kuroda has an ERA of 4.08 across 14 home starts while allowing 12 home runs.
The line has yet to be released for this game, so please check back on Wednesday morning for a free pick.