While the New York Yankees are coming off a tough series in Tampa Bay, they were able to avoid a sweep with a huge comeback win Wednesday. Once the Bombers got Rays’ ace David Price out of the game, the heart of the order (Robinson Cano) was able to get the clutch hit to send New York to Boston with some confidence. Starting tonight, the Yankees will play the Red Sox sixteen times over the next 81 games, but this edition of the rivalry comes with a unique twist of a player switching sides.
That’s right! On Wednesday, the Yankees brought in Boston outfielder Darnell McDonald in a waiver-wire move. In 38 games this year, McDonald has two home runs and nine runs batted in. With Brett Gardner probably due back at the end of the month, McDonald will most likely be competing with Dewayne Wise for that reserve left fielder spot. With three lefties pitching for the Red Sox in this series, expect McDonald to be put to the test right away to show those “true Yankee pinstripes”.
The Red Sox are coming in reeling after they got swept at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. The stat that was the most unique about that series was that Boston’s ex-outfielders Brandon Moss, Coco Crisp, and Josh Reddick all hit a home run. Talk about a little revenge! Can McDonald repeat that this weekend? This is a huge series for the hated rivals because a series win could lead to some huge momentum for them in the second half of the season.
For this show, I spoke with a great friend of mine, Derek Stykalo from Bosoxinjection.com to breakdown not just the pitching matchups, but also the McDonald move, the Will Middlebrooks vs. Kevin Youkilis dynamic, Daniel Bard‘s progress, and some injury updates relating to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford.
Enjoy the show and keep in mind, Yanks Go Yard will be doing a show during the All-Star break to recap the first half of the season!
Disclaimer: The Show was recorded before the results of Thursday night’s games!