The Sox are doing what they should for every series that takes place, at least take 2 out of 3 or at least settle for splits. They have gone 11-2 thus far in the month of August. The bullpen has had their fair share of work, but luckily for them have had three days off since last week. The Yankees, now 10.5 back, have gone 7-9 in August. Part of their struggles being the lack of days off. The last day there wasn’t a Yankees game was July 30, and next day off is July 20.

Ian Kinsler is being activated today off the DL, making the lineup even more potent.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Sox, in what could be one of his last starts for the time being. Eduardo Rodriguez has rehab assignments set up, and could return by the end of this month. Johnson’s last two starts has seen him give up 10 Runs in 12 innings. But his start in Toronto through 6 innings was an overall solid effort. Cora wanted Johnson to go seven to save some bullets from the bullpen, and Johnson gave up a 3 run shot before he departed.

Ryne Stanek takes the ball for those pesky Tampa Bay Rays. Old buddy Kevin Cash has done wonders with his plan of bullpen starting rotation, and the team is a respectable three games above .500. The Rays have given the Yankees quite the fit, holding an 8-7 advantage. The unqiue way of working the pitching staff has produced results, as their team ERA of 3.77 is 7th best in MLB.

Debuting last year to a 5.85 ERA, Stanek has had a 180 degree season with a solid ERA of 2.42. Hitters are being quite baffled as they face him, holding a meager .174 batting avg against him (lefties hitting .115). Now while he is starting the game, this is a bullpen rotation. The most he has gone for the season is two innings, done seven times.

Brian Johnson — Career vs Tampa Bay Rays in 3 games, 13.50 ERA. In those three relief appearances, the Rays have hit him around for 7 runs off of 12 Hits in just 4.2 innings. He has walked 1 batter and struck out 5 in that short span. Career at Fenway Park in 20 games (7 starts), 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays:

Willy Adames – 0 for 1

Jake Bauers —–

Ji-Man Choi —–

C.J. Cron – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 Ks

Matt Duffy – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Carlos Gomez – 0 for 2

Kevin Keirmaier —–

Brandon Lowe —–

Mallex Smith – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg)

Michael Perez —–

Tommy Pham —–

Jesus Sucre – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI

Joey Wendle – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Triple, RBI

Ryne Stanek — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 5 games, 4.91 ERA. In those five relief appearances, he has given up 2 ER in 6.2 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 2 games, 6.75 ERA. That is 1 ER in 1.1 inning.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers – 2 walks

Brock Holt —–

Ian Kinsler —–

Sandy Leon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 2

Steve Pearce —–

Blake Swihart —–