October 17, 2021

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The Yankees may find it difficult to play Luke Voight against the Red Sox

Luke Voit has a 1,084 OPS in 148 board appearances against the Red Sox, his best against any opponent who has had at least 36 board appearances. The only stadium he’s played in more than six games with an OPS higher than .880 at Fenway Park is Camden Yards (.966).

But right-handers Nathan Evaldi and Nick Pevita are set to start for the Red Sox on Friday and Saturday, and Voight may be limited to Sunday only against left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez — that is, if any.

“I’ll take whatever I can do,” Voight said. “I just want to be there, but whether I’m starting or off the bench, I’m just going to do my job – especially with these last matches we have.”

Voit’s season was marred by injuries and then lost playing time after the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo arrived on the July 30 trade deadline.

Wednesday, against Texas leftist Taylor Hearn, Voit was in the lineup, but he went 0 for 3 with a knockout. He also failed to come up with a hard grind and later made a throwing error before being replaced by Rizzo in the seventh inning.

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It’s unclear what Voit’s future will be at The Bronx after this season, though Rizzo will be a free agent.

“He’s obviously frustrated,” Voight said. “I know [manager Aaron Boone] Makes the best selection possible every day. I will continue to do what I do. I’m a big player and I’m going to be a professional.”

Asked if he would see himself with the Yankees next season, Voight told the newspaper: “We’ll see. A lot can happen. We have to get a file. [collective bargaining agreement] First see what happens with that. But I love playing here.”

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A year ago, Voit led the majors with 22 home games in 234 plate appearances in the COVID season abridged. It has appeared in six other paintings so far in 2021 and exactly half the visitors.

His numerous injuries and his inability to constantly stay on the court helped lead the Yankees to make the trade for Rizzo.

Voit was part of a fresh-looking arena he was initially supposed to have, DJ LeMahieu in second, Gio Urshela in third and Gleyber Torres at short notice.

The last time the Yankees visited Fenway in July, they had LeMahieu at the start and Rougned Odor in second (not to mention Ryan LaMarre in left field and Greg Allen in the right).

There is a lot at stake this weekend.