With their magic number to clinch the AL East at one, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to open a three-game series. David Price will take the ball for Boston, while the Yankees will counter with rookie Luis Cessa.
Price is 17-8 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP in 33 starts. In his last start on Thursday, the southpaw threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Orioles.
“This is the time of year you want your team to get on a roll in the way we have,” Price said (via MLB.com). “That’s what we’ve done and just continued to bring the same attitude to the field every day.”
Price is 14-9 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.344 WHIP in 35 career games (34 starts) against the Yankees. In four starts this year against New York he is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP. Price last saw the Yankees on Sept. 17. He went six innings, allowing five runs, nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 6-5 Sox win.
Cessa is 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.142 WHIP in 15 games (seven starts). The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A in early August and made his first career start on Aug. 20. In his last start on Thursday he threw six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Rays. One of the two runs that Cessa surrendered was a solo home run in the sixth inning. In 58 2/3 innings of work, he has given up 15 home runs.
“He gave up two runs in six innings; most of those games, we’re going to win,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said (via MLB.com). “I thought he pitched a really good game tonight. The first run, it was questionable if that should have scored. He was not the problem. We didn’t score any runs; that was the problem.”
Against the Sox, Cessa is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.857 WHIP in two games (one start). The 24-year-old native of Mexico last saw Boston on Sept. 16. In that start, he went five innings, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks with one strikeout in a 7-4 Sox win.
Red Sox vs. Cessa (RHP)
Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-4.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-3.
David Ortiz is 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Travis Shaw is 1-for-3 with 1 double.
Mookie Betts is 1-for-2.
Sandy Leon is 0-for-2.
Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-2 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.
Chris Young is 0-for-2.
Aaron Hill is 0-for-1.
Yankees vs. Price (LHP)
Jacoby Ellsbury (78 plate appearances): .342 AVG./.385 OBP/.521 SLG, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Mark Teixeira (77): .214/.286/.386, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (51): .220/.327/.268, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 7 walks, 8 strikeouts
Chase Headley (31): .367/.387/.500, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Brian McCann (30): .345/.367/.655, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Aaron Hicks (21): .278/.381/.389, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Didi Gregorius (20): .444/.474/.556, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Billy Butler (19): .250/.316/.250, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Austin Romine (13): .364/.417/.545, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Starlin Castro (12): .455/.500/.636, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Rob Refsnyder is 0-for-6 with 4 strikeouts.
Eric Young is 2-for-4.
Gary Sanchez is 1-for-3 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.
Donovan Solano is 1-for-3 with 1 home run, 3 RBIs and 2 strikeouts.
Ronald Torreyes is 1-for-3.