They now have alarming evidence Sonny Gray isn't going to provide much help against their rivals.
But the Red Sox, who led 6-0 entering the ninth inning, held on for a 6-3 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday night thanks to strong work by Craig Kimbrel.
"I remember Carlos Beltran, he talked about him a year ago and he felt his stuff was still there, but his changeup wasn't there", Cora said. "I feel like it will turn around, but tonight wasn't the night".
Not only that, but it would have been a awful time for Gray to suddenly enact his revenge on the Red Sox.
In seven career starts versus Boston, he's 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA - thanks in part to his performance Thursday, perhaps his worst start as a Yankee.
The right-hander, who had allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his previous road starts, had a hard time with his command on a damp night.
Stanton became the Yankees' first baserunner when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth. Betts plated the second on a sacrifice fly, Benintendi's fielder's choice made it 3-0 and Moreland capped the uprising with an RBI single to left.
To be sure, it wasn't on the level of classic Red Sox-Yankees melees, like in 1973 when Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk went at it, or 1976, when Fisk and Lou Piniella squared off, or even 2004, when Jason Varitek used his mitt to wipe the smug smile off the face of Alex Rodriguez.
The scrawny right-hander, working about a 45-minute rain delay after the fifth inning, held the Yankees without a victor on the seventh inning until Aaron decide completed it using a double over the top of centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
By then, the Red Sox has added a pair of runs, as the slow-paced Gray struggled again in the third. Aaron Judge was finally able to break through, smacking a leadoff double off Porcello at the start of the inning. Stanton headed past the foul line and overran the ball and it landed in fair territory and bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.
"I had it as three or four rows in the seats", Stanton said. "I was just trying to play the game the right way and that was that".
"I felt OK", Gray said.
Hours after leaving a 10-7 loss to the Yankees after just one inning with numbness in his left hand, Price was confident he'd be fine. "I told him I would go out there whenever he wants".