The Best of the Day preview swings for the bleachers with an MLB grudge match between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. 

MLB Tips – Boston Red Sox V New York Yankees

10:10 (AEST) @ Fenway Park, Boston

History: Played 2211: Yankees 1201 V Red Sox 996

Last meeting: September 8, 2019: Yankees 5 d Red Sox 1 at Fenway Park

Final Thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down the third clash between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees of a four-game MLB series at Fenway Park.

The ledger stands at one convincing win apiece so far between the division rivals. The Red Sox claimed a 6-1 victory in the opener, largely thanks to four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mitch Moreland had one run, three hits and three RBI.

But the Yankees responded with a 5-1 success yesterday, with Gary Sanchez (2 runs, 1 hit, 2 RBI) and Edwin Encarncion (1 run, 2 hits, 3 RBI) starring.

Yankees march towards top seed

The 93-50 Yankees lead the AL East with an equal league-best record. They have won 25 of their last 36 and are 9-3 in the past fortnight.

After sweeping the Mariners three games to nil on the road, the Yankees came into this series on the back of 2-1 home series wins over the Athletics and Rangers.

The 76-66 Red Sox are third in the AL East – and currently seven wins outside the Wild Card slots. Time is running out.

But Boston have found good form over the past month, winning 13 of their last 20 games.

They won two of their three games away to the Angels, before losing two of three at home to the Twins.

The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (10-8) and the Red Sox’s Rick Porcello (12-11) will start this game on the mound.

The Yankees boast a 12-5 record against the Red Sox this season and have won six of the last seven. But the count is 4-4 in Boston in 2019.

Tanaka provides more reliable recent form for the visitors than Porcello does for the hosts. New York are 25-8 in their last 33 game three series showdowns and should parlay the momentum of yesterday’s result into a Best of the Day win.

Tip: Handicap – Yankees -1.5 @ $2.25