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New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon throws at a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, August 27, 2023 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (AP Photo/Scott Audette) (Scott Audette, AP)

The Red Sox and Yankees meet again in prime time on Saturday night, with the two rivals going head-to-head in a nationally televised showdown on Fox.

Cooper Criswell (3-3, 4.13) takes the mound for Boston against New York left-hander Carlos Rodon (9-2, 2.93), who is having a strong bounce-back season after a disastrous first year with the Yankees. Signed for six years, $162 million prior to last year after back-to-back All-Star seasons, Rodon posted a dreadful 6.85 ERA amid a frustrating series of injuries, but he’s settled into Year 2 entering this weekend after posting a win in seven straight starts.

Boston will counter with a heavy right-handed lineup, including Rob Refsnyder starting in right field and batting second, Tyler O’Neill starting in left field and batting third, Connor Wong catching and hitting fifth and Jamie Westbrook, Bobby Dalbec and Ceddanne Rafaela batting seventh, eighth and ninth. Rafaela will also start at shortstop, allowing Jarren Duran to bounce to center and Masataka Yoshida to remain in the lineup as the designated hitter.

Red Sox lineup

Jarren Duran CF

Rob Refsnyder RF

Tyler O’Neill LF

Rafael Devers 3B

Connor Wong C

Masataka Yoshida DH

Jamie Westbrook 2B

Bobby Dalbec 1B

Ceddanne Rafaela SS

Cooper Criswell P

How to watch

When: 7:15 PM

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

Broadcast information: Fox, WEEI 93.7 FM, WCCM 1490 AM (Spanish)

See more at Boston Herald