After the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees failed to impress with two non-playoff teams in 2014, the storied clubs reversed that trend with yet another memorable matchup.
With a quick turnaround between games, the Red Sox will look to Joe Kelly to carry momentum from their six-hour, 49-minute marathon win into Saturday afternoon's contest with New York.
Closing in on what seemed to be a routine victory, Boston's Edward Mujica surrendered a two-out, game-tying home run to Chase Headley in the ninth inning Friday in what became the longest contest in both Red Sox and new Yankee Stadium history.
Following a temporary power outage in the 12th inning, Boston's David Ortiz and New York's Mark Teixeira each hit solo home runs in the 16th, the two teams exchanged run-scoring hits in the 18th, and Mookie Betts mercifully put the Red Sox (3-1) ahead for good with an RBI sacrifice fly in the 19th to win 6-5.
"It's a testament to the will and the resiliency of this team,'' manager John Farrell said.
Tired as they might be, the Yankees seemed happy to have a chance to get back on the field some 11 hours later.
''It feels worse than one loss, but thank goodness it's only one,'' Brett Gardner said.
Prior to Friday's marathon, the Red Sox had dropped two straight in New York, last winning when Kelly (6-4, 4.20 ERA) toed the rubber for a 9-4 victory on Sept. 2. The 26-year-old allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings, and relied on a strong offensive showing to pick up his first win with the Red Sox after he was acquired from St. Louis on July 31.
He posted a 4-2 record and 4.11 ERA in 10 starts with Boston last August and September, and earned a win in both meetings with the Yankees last season.
Kelly's spot in the rotation this season comes in a somewhat surprising move, as the right-hander initially planned to open the year with a minor league rehabilitation start due to a strained right bicep.
"No one wants to miss starts," Kelly told the Red Sox's official website. "Everyone wants to stay healthy and make all 35 starts. This is my first opportunity and I didn't want to miss it.
Adam Warren (3-6, 2.97) will take the mound for New York (1-3) in only his fourth career start. Usually coming from the bullpen, Warren has 101 relief appearances and last started on Sept. 27, 2013.
Warren won the Yankees' final rotation spot with a strong spring performance. In 16 2-3 innings, he struck out 11 while walking one and posted a 2.70 ERA.
"I've always been a starter coming up and I still see myself that way," Warren told the Yankees' official website earlier this month. "As soon as they told me that, I was excited to get myself back into a starting role."
He's made 17 appearances against Boston, all in relief. He allowed 12 runs in his first six outings (15 innings), but was lights out last season, surrendering just four hits and one run in 12 1-3 innings.
Ortiz's home run Friday was his 45th against the Yankees, his second-most versus any opponent, while Teixeira now has five homers in his last 12 meetings with Boston.
Mike Napoli's slump to begin the year took a steep downturn with an 0-for-8 performance Friday that included four strikeouts in extra innings alone. He is hitless in 13 at-bats this season.