It is time once again for another installment of 'The Rivalry.' Yep, that means New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, a three-game series beginning Friday night at Yankee Stadium between -- some people will tell you -- the only two Major League Baseball teams who really matter.
Yankees vs. Red Sox is always entertaining. There is always drama. There are blowout games, but there are also high-wire acts, exciting late-inning comebacks or unexpected turns. That will, of course, be the case this weekend.
There is only one bummer about the whole weekend, and that is not the fact that we are talking about a mid-May series rather than an end of September one with a playoff spot hanging in the balance. Fact is, right now neither one of these teams is playing very well.
The Yankees just suffered back-to-back ugly losses to Kansas City and fell out of first place in the American league East for the first time since April 13. The Yankees played atrocious defense on Thursday, and their offense has been AWOL for most of the past two weeks.
Boston is 17-20, five games behind division-leading Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Red Sox have pitching and offensive woes of their own, and have not yet completely recovered from a shocking 0-6 start to the season.
'Bionic' Bartolo Colon takes his stem-cell repaired pitching arm to the mound for the Yankees in Friday night's series opener. Clay Buchholz pitches for Boston. The Red Sox won two-of-three earlier this season at Fenway Park.
TV Listings For The Series
Friday -- (YES, 7:05 p.m.)
Saturday -- (YES, 7 p.m.)
Sunday -- (ESPN, 8 p.m.)