It is one of the biggest rivalries in sports, and on Tuesday the stakes will be even higher than usual: The Yankees are at Fenway Park for the American League wild-card game against the Boston Red Sox. The winner advances to a division series matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays — the team that beat both of them for the American League East title — and the loser will go home.
The Yankees have set their 26-man roster for Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game, to be played at 8:08 p.m. ET at Boston’s Fenway Park.
Here is how the Yankees will take the field, vying for the right to advance to the American League Division Series, where they would meet the Rays on Thursday:
The Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday night, the first contest of the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason. First pitch is 8:08 p.m. ET on ESPN. Our national writers and beat reporters will provide analysis and insights as the fierce rivals vie for a spot in the American League Division Series to face the Tampa Bay Rays. Follow along.
Last week at Fenway Park, the Yankees made a statement, sweeping the Red Sox to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Now, the next chapter of baseball’s most storied rivalry will be written in October, a winner-take-all ballgame in Boston to decide who advances to the American League Division Series.
Who will move on in the AL Wild Card Game? Let’s break down the matchup before predicting the result.
The Yankees play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wild-Card round at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. Eastern.
ESPN will televise the game, with Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney calling the game.
Here are the lineups for the game.
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Kyle Higashioka, catcher: Higashioka is expected to be behind the plate in the AL Wild Card Game. A defense-first backstop, Higashioka is one of the longest-tenured players in the organization, having been selected in the seventh round of the 2008 Draft.