The Boston Red Sox begin a trip to New York Friday when they take on the Yankees in a game that will stream live online for free and legally as the last-place Yanks look for revenge on their home turf after the Red Sox swept them in a three-game series last weekend at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry has been baseball’s best and most intense — but over the last two decades the competition has become even more heated as the two clubs have battled directly for first place in the American League East in season after season — and even faced each other in two memorable, seven-game AL Championship Series in 2003 and 2004.
But the glamour of the rivalry has dropped off in recent years, with the Red Sox finishing in last place both in 2014 and 2015, while the Yankees placed second in the division both seasons.
So far in the young 2016 season, however, those roles have been reversed, with the Red Sox off to a strong start, sitting atop the AL East heading into Friday’s contest at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. But the Yankees struggled throughout the season’s first five weeks and sit dead last, with only nine wins against 17 losses.
Watch highlights of last Sunday’s Red Sox win over the Yankees, completing the sweep at Fenway, in the following video.
To watch a free and legal live stream on the Friday night Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Gametime is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time — 4:05 Pacific — at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, on May 6.
The weather in New York is predicted to be rainy and drizzly all day and into the evening, so there is a chance that the start of the game will be delayed by rain. But the precipitation is expected to subside early in the evening, so the teams will likely press to get the game in.
The Red Sox stand at 17-11 and have won five of their last six games — and nine of their last 13.
In fact, the May 6, Friday night game will be the first time that a first-place Boston Red Sox team has faced a last-place New York Yankees club after more than one game into the season since September 22, 1990.
The American League East still had seven teams in 1990, rather than the current five. The Yankees finished that season in last place, while the Red Sox won the AL East pennant in dramatic fashion, clinching in the final game of the season.
Rick Porcello is scheduled to take the mound for the Red Sox. After a disappointing first season in Boston, Porcello has started 2016 as the team’s hottest pitcher, winning all five of his starts with a sparkling 2.76 ERA.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda, on the other hand, has yet to get untracked in the 2016 season, with a 1-3 record in five starts and a bloated 6.33 ERA.
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There are two ways to watch Friday’s Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees game stream live for free. Yahoo! Sports will stream one Major League Baseball game for free every day during the 2016 MLB regular season. Friday’s free offering will be the Yankees vs. Red Sox showdown, and the game can be viewed on the Yahoo! Sports home page at this link.
As an alternative, use the feed provided by MLB.TV at this link, where the online streaming subscription service of Major League Baseball is offering the Red Sox vs. Yankees matchup as its “Free Game of the Day” on the MLB.TV site as well. That means the game may be streamed live via the MLB.TV site by anyone without a fee, though signing up for a free MLB website membership is required. The Friday night Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees live stream can also be viewed for free using the MLB At Bat app for mobile devices, as well as on the MLB channel offered on set-top streaming boxes such as the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and others.
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