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Sox open series at Yankee Stadium

The Boston Red Sox are 2-1 on the MLB betting lines against the New York Yankees so far this season as those American League East clubs begin a three-game set in the Bronx on Friday night.

Boston took two of three games on the road in New York when the clubs last met at the beginning of April to pay off for their supporters on the MLB odds. Overall, though, the Red Sox are just 3-7 over their 10 most recent games against the Yankees.

Boston puts its faith in starter Jon Lester to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 6-1. Getting the ball for the Yankees is CC Sabathia, who owns a 4-4 record on the season with a 3.96 ERA.

View Boston vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Yankees as -109 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Yankees sit at No. 5 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Red Sox sit at an American League No. 3 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 11-rated American League offense, averaging 4.1 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 4 in the American League at 4.1 in runs allowed per game. The Yankees have averaged 8.3 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

New York owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 4-rated defense.

The Red Sox were a 9-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -132 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Phillies, a 9-2 final on Thursday in support of Franklin Morales at Citizens Bank Park.

New York lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Mets on May 30. Bettors who backed the Mets at +185 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Yankees were saddled with a loss last time out in Vidal Nuno's start, as they lost 3-1 against New York on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Red Sox at Yankees trends to consider:
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at NY Yankees, Saturday, June 1