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Why Bob Costas Is Calling Today's Yankees-Red Sox Doubleheader

A closeup of Bob Costas.

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Sunday Night Football commentator Bob Costas sits on set before the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. New England won 23-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Legendary sportscaster Bob Costas will call one of professional sports' greatest rivalries today when he works both games of a double-header between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Costas was a fixture as a baseball announcer on NBC in the 1980s and 1990s, and he still occasionally calls games on MLB Network. Originally, he was supposed to fill in for Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay for one of today's pair of games.

However, with Kay still out due to vocal cord surgery, Costas will instead be on the mic for both contests on YES Network.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported the news this morning.

On a personal level, I've always been a fan of Costas calling baseball games. This should be a pretty cool experience.

The Yankees and Red Sox will play at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET today. The earlier game will also be broadcast nationally on FS1.

Currently, the Yankees are in first place in the AL East, 7.5 games ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Rays and 11.5 ahead of Boston.

They won the first game of this weekend's series on Friday night, claiming a 4-2 victory thanks to a Gleyber Torres grand slam.