The Boston Red Sox's first trip to Yankee Stadium this season was always going to be notable with Bobby Valentine returning to New York. It will be all the more anticipated now that Ichiro Suzuki will take part in one of baseball's best rivalries for the first time.
Suzuki will make his home debut for the New York Yankees when they open a three-game set against Valentine's struggling Red Sox on Friday night.
Boston (49-50) is well behind the AL East-leading Yankees (59-39), although the Red Sox are closer to a wild-card spot.
Valentine will manage in New York for the first time since he was fired by the Mets after the 2002 season, but there's clearly no time for reminiscing with his Red Sox below .500 and losers of five of six.
"We definitely need to win the series," slugger Adrian Gonzalez told the Red Sox's official website. "That goes without saying. We need to win two out of three, if not try and sweep them."
Valentine enjoyed managerial success in Japan after leaving New Y...