Yan­kees and Red Sox re­new ri­valry tonight.

Tues­day will be the 2,143rd all-time meet­ing be­tween the two clubs.

Metro USA (New York) - - Front Page - JOE PANTORNO @JoePan­torno [email protected]

Yan­kees, Red Sox.

Just putting those two names to­gether will perk up any base­ball fan and cre­ate a pit of re­sent­ment within the stom­achs of many New York­ers and Bos­to­ni­ans.

For 114 years, these two fran­chises have cre­ated count­less mem­o­ries that will live on in the an­nals of Ma­jor League Base­ball his­tory in a ri­valry that will con­tinue on as long as there is base­ball.

And to quote Al­bert Hague’s fa­mous Christ­mas­time jin­gle of one Mr. Grinch, the two teams and their fan bases go to­gether as well as “a three-decker sauer­kraut and toad­stool sand­wich with arsenic sauce.”

The good news for every­one is that the Yan­kees and Red Sox will re­sume their an­cient ri­valry on Tues­day night from Fen­way Park in Bos­ton for early-sea­son supremacy in the Amer­i­can League East.

En­ter­ing Wed­nes­day, the Yan­kees hold a slim 0.5-game ad­van­tage over Bos­ton, though both are look­ing up at the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

The Pitts­burgh Pi­rates, winning two of three games in the Steel City, cooled off New York over the week­end.

Prior to their se­ries, the Yan­kees had won nine of 10 games af­ter a 1-4 start to the sea­son.

The Sox are also com­ing off a testy se­ries in which they dropped two of three to the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. Af­ter scor­ing just two runs in the first two games of the se­ries, Bos­ton sal­vaged Sun­day by col­lect­ing 14 hits in a 6-2 win.

The vic­tory was over­shad­owed by Matt Barnes throw­ing at the head of Bal­ti­more star Manny Machado.

Don’t ex­pect any warm, fuzzy feelings to en­ter this Yan­kees-Red Sox se­ries, ei­ther.

New York has an op­por­tu­nity to prove in April that it should be a team taken se­ri­ously in the AL East.

Bos­ton, much con­sid­ered the di­vi­sional fa­vorites af­ter ac­quir­ing Chris Sale dur­ing the off­sea­son, will look to squash any no­tion that the Baby Bombers can hang with the Sox.

It cre­ates an aura not felt around the ri­valry this early in a sea­son for quite some time. How­ever, it will be a trial by fire for the some of the Yan­kees’ more in­ex­pe­ri­enced stars like Aaron Judge, who holds the power to va­por­ize a base­ball with just one swing.

The 24-year-old, who turns 25 on Wed­nes­day, pul­ver­ized his sixth home run of the sea­son on Satur­day that trav­eled 457 feet.

He and the New York lineup are go­ing to be fac­ing the top of Bos­ton’s ro­ta­tion with dates against reign­ing AL Cy Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello, Sale and Drew Pomer­anz, by far the best trio of hurlers they’ve faced this sea­son.

The Yan­kees will counter with Luis Sev­erino, Masahiro Tanaka and C.C. Sa­bathia.

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Aaron Judge will carry the Yan­kees of­fense into their first big se­ries of the year against the Red Sox.

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