Well at the very least we know the Red Sox won't get swept in this series by the Yankees.
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With their fate all but determined, the Red Sox used seven pitchers to beat the Yankees 6-1 at Fenway Park in the opening game of a four-game set.
David Price was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night (as if no one could have seen that coming), so Boston opened with Jhoulys Chacin, who had been released by the Milwaukee Brewers on August 26.
Chacin (pictured) faced six batters and retired all of them - four via strikouts and two on ground ball outs.
Manager Alex Cora followed Chacin with six relievers who all threw just one inning, with the exception of Ryan Weber who tossed two scoreless innings.
Mitch Moreland had the hot bat for the Red Sox with a three-for-four performance including a three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning off Yankees starter Domingo German.
As for Price, the remainder of his 2019 season is in doubt. Pulled from the rotation following a bullpen session in which he felt tightness in his left wrist, Cora told reporters, "As soon as (Price) feels well, he'll throw a bullpen and we'll go from there," which doesn't sound particularly optimistic.
With 17 relievers currently on the roster thanks to the September callups, expect what we saw last night - a parade of relief pitchers coming out of the bullpen for an inning at a time - to be the norm for the remainder of the season.
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