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Red Sox formalize weekend plans against Yankees

Rob Bradford
September 27, 2018 - 11:29 am

Alex Cora has said all along that the Red Sox' approach against the Yankees in the teams' three-game series at Fenway Park this weekend would be all about prioritizing his own team. 

Sure, the Yankees are in a dogfight with the A's to determine where the Wild Card Game will be played Wednesday, but that is of little concern to Cora. (Although the Red Sox' manager has hinted he wouldn't mind seeing New York have to travel to the West Coast for the one game.)

Thursday Cora offered the first definitive schedule when it comes to what the Yankees might be getting at Fenway Park.

While Rick Porcello was originally slated to start Friday, he is now making his final regular-season appearance Sunday. Going in the series opener will be Brian Johnson with Nathan Eovaldi going Saturday.

What this suggests is that not only will Eovaldi get a start in the American League Division Series, but he could be jumping ahead of Porcello and pitching in a Game 3.

Eovaldi has pitched well of late, following up his six innings of shutout ball at Yankee Stadium with a five-inning, one-run outing against the Orioles in his last start.

The Yankees enter Thursday 1 1/2 games up on the A's, who are off on Thursday before taking on the Angels over the weekend. New York and Oakland have split their six games against each other this season.