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The Yankees look to unleash the offense in the Finals against the Red Sox

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red SoxJune 15, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a replay during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees will look to get more out of their offense on Sunday night when they visit the Boston Red Sox for the final game of a three-game series.

After beating the Red Sox 8-1 on Friday, the Yankees were held to six hits in an 8-4 loss on Saturday. New York walked six, but stranded nine runners. The Yankees went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

“We had opportunities,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I don’t think we had a ton of hits. What, five or six hits? But we had some traffic. A few chances to get back in the game. I got their starter (Cooper Criswell) out of that in just four innings because we really made him work. Overall I thought we gave tough hitting all night. We just couldn’t break through enough.

Juan Soto is a Yankee who broke through. Soto hit his 18th home run of the season in the seventh inning, but it came with the bases empty.

“Impressive to see him take an at-bat and the battle that it is,” Boone said. “Whether he’s 2-0 or 0-2 (in the count), it’s just going to get going. It’s impressive what he continues to do.”

Boston used five pitchers in Saturday’s win. Kenley Jansen entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on first and third base and recorded a four-out save.

Jansen retired Soto, Aaron Judge and Alex Verdugo in the ninth.

“One throw at a time,” Jansen told Fox Sports after Saturday’s game. “When you do this for so long, you have to understand that even though we have the pitch clock, you have to find a way to slow this game down and just play one pitch at a time. That’s an incredible lineup right there. I have to give them credit give, but at the same time I know what my best pitch is and I just have to go out and work.”

Sunday’s game features two right-handed starting pitchers. New York’s Marcus Stroman (6-2, 2.82 ERA) will be opposed by Boston’s Kutter Crawford (2-6, 3.47).

Crawford appeared to be turning a corner in his last start as he pitched six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. He recorded eight strikeouts on the season and walked one. Two of the four runs the Phillies scored against him were unearned, while the other two came on solo home runs from Kyle Schwarber.

Crawford had a 5.82 ERA in his six most recent starts prior to Tuesday’s loss.

“I thought the last couple (starts) were going in the right direction as well, and then (this) it all came together,” Crawford said after Tuesday’s loss. “Obviously Schwarber got me there a few times, but mechanically the field shapes and the way I attacked the zone felt a lot better.”

Crawford has pitched well against the Yankees. He has a 2-1 record with a 1.90 ERA in six games (four starts) against New York. He has 26 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.

Stroman threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 10-1 win over Kansas City. He is 7-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 16 career appearances (all starts) against the Red Sox.

–Field-level media