Boston Red Sox

Jun 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrates his three run home run against the New York Yankees with Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After Thursday night’s game was postponed due to positive COVID tests in the Yankees’ clubhouse, the Red Sox are expected to make their return from the All-Star break Friday night in the Bronx.

According to a statement from Major League Baseball, “after conducting testing and contact tracing involving members of the New York Yankees’ organization, the Club’s home game tonight vs. the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium will proceed as scheduled.” There was no detailed information on the results of the tests.

As for the game originally scheduled for Thursday night, that will now be played on Tuesday, Aug. 17 as part of a double-header. According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, inclement weather in the schedule led to the game being pushed to next month, instead of made up during this weekend’s series.

Although the Red Sox will return to the field, fans will likely have to wait for the debut of Jarren Duran. The Red Sox’ second-ranked prospect will not be in the lineup Friday night with Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery getting the start, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. However, he could make his MLB debut off the bench. Duran was scheduled to start Thursday night’s postponed game, batting seventh and playing center field.

Opposing Montgomery for the Red Sox will be Eduardo Rodriguez. The 28-year-old lefty is looking to start his second half on a high note after a disappointing start to the season that left him with a 5.52 ERA heading into the break. You can see the Red Sox’ full lineup here.

The Red Sox return from the All-Star break with a 55-36 record and a 1.5 game lead in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 46-43, eight games back. Head-to-head, the Red Sox have won all six matchups between the two this year.

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