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Yankees-Red Sox opener postponed, to be made up in Tuesday DH

Yankees-Red Sox opener postponed, to be made up in Tuesday DH

BOSTON — The Red Sox and Yankees will have a delayed start to their four-game rivalry series at Fenway Park.

Monday night’s game was postponed due to persistent rain in the Boston area and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader (1: 35 p.m., 7: 10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.

Spectators with tickets for Monday can use them for Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Nick Pivetta will pitch Game 1 for Boston. Kutter Crawford, originally scheduled to pitch on Monday night, will take the ball for the nightcap.

Randy Vásquez gets the ball in Game 1 for New York, followed by Carlos Rodón in Game 2.

It has been a down season for both the Red Sox (73-70) and Yankees (71-72), who are in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the American League East.

While these teams have often fought for postseason positioning in late-season matchups such as this, the rivals would both like to avoid a last-place finish in the division this season.

“We’re still in the fight, we’re almost there,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “But it’s always fun to play them. Tough season for both of us, put it that way. Let’s be honest. They have their things [they’ve dealt with] and us, I know before the season not too many people thought that we were going to be in the playoff hunt, but we believed. Things haven’t gone our way. It’s different.”

Said Yankees manager Aaron Boone: “When you come to Boston in September, usually we’re two of the teams at the top of the division fighting it out. It’s not where either of us want to be. But the reality is, it is where we are, and we have an opportunity to go out there and play baseball against a good Red Sox team in Fenway Park.”

Game 1 of the doubleheader will be televised on MLB Network. Game 2 will be on TBS. NESN will televise both games for the Red Sox, while Amazon Prime will air Game 1 for New York with YES Network televising Game 2.

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