Franklin Morales should be the difference in game one against the Yankees.
Boston Red Sox
Daniel Nava LF
Pedro Ciriaco 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Mauro Gomez 3B
Ryan Kalish CF
Mike Aviles SS
Kelly Shoppach C
Brent Lillibridge RF
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix SS
Darnell McDonald CF
Chris Stewart C
LHP Franklin Morales will be on the mound for the Red Sox. Morales has been on fire since becoming a starter in June. On the season Morales has gone 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 46 strikeouts, in 43 innings pitched.
His last six appearances have been nothing short of dominant.
Over that time he has posted a 1.35 ERA with 33 strikeouts, in 26.2 innings pitched. His last start, against the Seattle Mariners, was particularly dominant. He struck out seven in seven innings and did not allow a run.
This will be Morales' first start against the Yankees. Here is how key Yankees have fared against Morales: Robinson Cano 1-for-2, Curtis Granderson 1-for-2, Raul Ibanez 0-for-1, Nick Swisher 1-for-2, Mark Teixeira 0-for-1, Andruw Jones 0-for-1, Dewayne Wise 0-for-1 (h/t Boston Globe).
The Red Sox will go up against Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94 ERA).
Over the past five seasons against the Red Sox, Garcia is 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA. During his last start against Boston, Garcia allowed five runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
David Ortiz, Mike Aviles and Adrian Gonzalez have had success against Garcia in the past. Ortiz is batting .300 (12-for-40) against Garcia, with two home runs, five doubles and seven RBI. Aviles is batting .563 (9-for-16) against Garcia, with one home run and two RBI.
Katie Sharp of ESPN notes:
Since Garcia joined the Yankees last year, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz have tagged him for a combined .429 average with six extra-base hits in 21 at-bats.
The Red Sox desperately need a win. If there were ever a game the Red Sox should take, it should be Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.