MLB Odds: Yankees, Red Sox Resume Ancient Rivalry

It's one of the most ancient and enduring rivalries in sports. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have faced each other 2,137 times over the past 115 years, with the Yankees holding a 1,161-962 advantage heading into their latest series at Fenway Park. Game 1 of this three-game set takes place Friday night at 7:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

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This will be the first meeting of the 2016 regular season between the Yankees (8-12, –5.90 betting units) and the Red Sox (12-9, +1.84 units). Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to take the mound for New York, while Boston is expected to respond with Henry Owens, one of the top prospects in the system.

Owens has been pressed into service because of injuries to the Red Sox rotation; in his 2016 debut, the 6-foot-6 southpaw gave up three runs over 3.1 innings in a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros (–105 at home). Tanaka (3.14 FIP) might never be the same pitcher he was before he tore his elbow during his 2014 “rookie” campaign, but he's played at a high level this year, leading the Yankees to three wins in four starts for a profit of 2.05 units.