The Red Sox aren't conceding the American League East title just yet after unleashing a historic offensive performance.
If the New York Yankees entered the week with any doubts about needing to strengthen the rotation, it should be gone after the most recent blowup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. "How it goes, but obviously, by the time the game started and he stepped up in the first inning, he got it back in hurry".
NY led for the first time all weekend when Gio Urshela homered in the second inning and hung with the Sox until they broke it open with a three-run sixth. Edwin Encarnacion made it a one-run game with an RBI double in the fifth before Boston took over, scoring five insurance runs over the next three innings and taking a 8-3 lead after six.
Cashner has not fared well since he left the Orioles, with a 7.36 ERA for the Red Sox in two starts.
For Saturday's game, the Yankees will bring out starter CC Sabathia. Things unraveled even more after that for NY. Boston will try to sweep in primetime Sunday night with lefty Chris Sale on the mound opposite right-hander Domingo German. After a replay review, it was ruled a home run.
Lance Lynn has not been his usual self for the Rangers over his last two starts, with a 6.23 ERA, and the Athletics will offer him no relief Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum.