There may be a few ghosts from 1978 lurking in Fenway Park on Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees in this year’s American League wild card playoff game.
Although the two teams have met other times in the postseason — most recently in the 2018 AL division series, and more famously in the 2003 and 2004 AL championship series – the tension and drama of a winner-take-all affair will be most like the one-game playoff for the AL East title 43 years ago.
In that contest, Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent hit a go-ahead three-run homer into the screen above Fenway’s Green Monster in Game 163 to propel New York to a 5-4 win. The Yanks went on to win the World Series.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s AL wild-card game:
What time does Yankees vs. Red Sox start?
First pitch is set for 8: 08 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox are at home due to their 10-9 advantage over the Yankees during the regular season.
Who are the starting pitchers for Yankees vs. Red Sox?
The Yankees will send Cy Young contender Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.23 ERA) to the mound against Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75) of the Red Sox in a battle of hard-throwing right-handers.
Cole has faced the Red Sox four times already this season, with a 2-2 record a 4.91 ERA. Three of those games were Boston. Eovaldi has made six starts this year against the Yankees with a 2-2 record and 3.71 ERA.
On Sept. 24, Cole and Eovaldi matched up against each other at Fenway Park with the Yankees knocking Eovaldi out of the game in the third inning and going on to win 8-3.
What TV channel is Yankees vs. Red Sox on?
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with a Spanish-language telecast on ESPN Deportes and a Statcast-centered broadcast on ESPN2.