The first three games of The Rivalry this year were epic.
A pair of late home runs to give the Red Sox an improbable rally off Mariano Rivera and extra-inning win. A steal of home plate punctuating a series sweep … and in the middle, the Battle of Hastings.
That is, a 16-11 war in which tonight's starters — Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett — washed out early and the Sox won the battle of bullpens.
Since that start, Beckett is 4-1 with a 3.11 ERA, including three total earned runs in his last four starts, while Burnett is 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA and has yet to find the consistency that made him such an attractive free agent over the winter.
What awaits these clubs under the gray, drizzly skies tonight? Hopefully a Red Sox win to tie up the division, go 6-0 against the Yanks on the season and get things back on track at home. Here's your spot for all the action. Comment away!