It's no secret that the Red Sox starting rotation has changed drastically in the last week. The team traded away its top three starters in Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy.
Those changes have brought an influx of young talent into Boston's current starting rotation.
"There is a lot of leadership, ability and success that left in Jon Lester and John Lackey," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "At the same time, we feel like there is a support and structure in place to maximize the abilities of young guys with good stuff."
One of them, Anthony Ranaudo, got a win Friday night against the Yankees in his big league debut. Another, 24-year-old Allen Webster, takes the ball on Saturday against New York at Fenway Park.
The right-hander has made just eight Major League starts. His first start this season came on Sunday against the Rays, and he allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win.
"We feel like they have gone through a transition phase and whether that was part of last year or prior, we feel like a good majority of that transition is behind them," Farrell said. "A greater expectation comes with that."
Young talent will also be on the mound for the Yankees in the form of 25-year-old Shane Greene. The right-hander will make just the fifth start of his Major League career.
On Sunday against the Blue Jays, Greene took a no-decision, yielding three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I felt pretty good," Greene said after the game. "I made some good pitches. I've just got to be better later in the game."
A steady presence on the road this season in five appearances (two starts), Greene is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA. Ironically, the right-hander made his Major League debut against Boston on April 24, allowing three runs in 1/3 inning of relief.
Yankees: Prado to play mostly right
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Friday's game against the Red Sox that he would use veteran Martin Prado in right field, even though it was a position he'd never played at the big league level.
Prado did just that when he pinch-hit for Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh and then played in right field for the next two innings.
"A guy like Martin Prado, who has moved around in his career and has played a lot of different positions, you feel pretty comfortable there," said Girardi.
Prado was sent to the Yankees on Thursday in exchange for Minor League slugger Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later.
Red Sox: Craig gets start in left field
Recently acquired outfielder Allen Craig made his debut with the Red Sox Friday night against the Yankees, batting fifth and starting in left field.
Craig finished the night going 1-for-4 with a double and one strikeout. He was traded from the Cardinals on Thursday, along with right-hander Joe Kelly, for Lackey.
"I think it's still sinking in, just being in the clubhouse and seeing a lot of faces and putting the names to faces and that type of stuff," Craig said. "It's cool to be on this side of the clubhouse and get to know the guys who I played against last year in the World Series."
• After sitting out the series opener, Yoenis Cespedes is expected to make his Red Sox debut in Saturday's game.
• Yankees batters have hit multiple home runs in each of the last seven games (exactly two home runs in each game).
• With a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday's game, Derek Jeter accumulated RBI No. 1,289. It put him in a tie for 100th place on the all-time list with Andruw Jones and Torii Hunter.
• Xander Bogaerts has a hit in nine of 12 games since the All-Star break. He's hitting .311 in that span with two home runs and four RBIs.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.