You don’t often see the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at the bottom of the AL East standings, but one week into the 2009 season, that’s exactly where they are. At 2-5 and 3-4 resepectively the Red Sox and Yankees have struggled out of the gate but no one is throwing in the towell just yet. It is afterall just the first week of the season. By the time the two teams meet later this month they could be battling for 1st place. Let’s hope.
The Red Sox continue to struggle at the plate. The A’s defeated Boston last night 8-2 in Oakland. Starting Pitcher, Jon Lester also struggled for the Red Sox and dropped to 0-2 on the season. Kevin Youkilis did get Boston off to a nice start with a solo homer in the first but the Sox never gained any momentum.
The Yankees had an even uglier night in Tampa. The Rays raised their 2008 AL Championship banner to the rafters and celebrated with their bats, knocking the Yankees around for a 15-5 final. Chien-Ming Wang surrended 8 runs in one inning of work for New York, dropping to 0-2 on the year. The Yankees will finish up their series in Tampa before returning to New York for Thursday’s home opener and the regular season debut for the new Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees tickets are available for all 2009 games.
The Red Sox will return home on Friday, April 17 to host the Baltimore Orioles. Red Sox tickets are available for this and all games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his season debut today at 1:35 pm to help the Red Sox clinch their first series of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays. After a 5-3 opening day win at Fenway, Boston was silenced last night losing 2-7 to a hungry Rays team.
Jon Lester did not show his best as he let up five runs in five innings, including a Carlos Pena two-run homer to center in the fifth. Scott Kazmir pitched 6 innings for the Rays and let up only one run. Boston produced eight total hits, but could never get a streak going in one specific inning.
Kevin Youkilis was the only Red Sox player to come up with multiple hits. “I think we continued throughout the whole game to try to put together good at-bats,” said Varitek. “I think we did that. They were a little better than us today.”
The last time the Red Sox saw Rays pitcher Matt Garza was game 7 of the 2008 ALCS. They get to see him now in the in rubber match of the first series of the 2009 season. “We’ve seen him for two years,” said Boston manager Terry Francona. “We’re excited to watch him pitch. It’ll be nice to watch him show up tomorrow and attack the zone, and hopefully, he’ll be out there until about the seventh.”
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The 2009 Major League Baseball Season is underway! Nearly every team has been in action, and a number of rookies have already made big impacts for their clubs.
Sunday April 5th
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1 – Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie Jordan Schafer all homered to give the Braves the win over the World Series Champs.
Monday April 6th
Tampa Bay/Boston and Kansas City/Chicago were both postponed due to inclement weather.
NY Mets 2, Cincinnati 1 – K-Rod headlined the new and improved Metsbullpen. Sean Green, JJ Putz, and Rodriguez held the Reds scoreless in the last 3 innings.
Texas 9, Cleveland 1 – A slimmed-down Kevin Millwood went 7 strong for the Rangers, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk.
Arizona 9, Colorado 8 -Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez both hit homers from each side of the plate in part of the D’Backs’ offensive assault.
Baltimore 10, NY Yankees 5 – New Yankee CC Sabathia was shelled and held without a strikeout in his NY Debut.
Florida 12, Washington 6 – Rookie Emilio Bonifacio made a splash in his debut with an inside-the-park home run.
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4 – Jack Wilson hit a three-run double in the 9th to give the Bucs the late win.
LA Dodgers 4, San Diego 1 – Hiroki Kuroda pitched a gem to give the Dodgers the win over Jake Peavy.
Chicago Cubs 4, Houston 2 – Zambrano had six strong innings, and new closer Kevin Gregg hung on through a rocky 9th to notch his first save for the club.
Toronto 12, Detroit 5 – Adam Lind had a monster game; a homer and 6 RBI’s made him a fan (and Fantasy) favorite in Toronto.
Seattle 6, Minnesota 1 – Ken Griffey Jr homered in his first game back with the Mariners.
LA Angels 3, Oakland 0 – The Angels’ bullpen (Arredondo, Shields, and newcomer Brian Fuentes) held the A’s hitless after Joe Saunders left in the 7th.
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Given the strong possibility of heavy thunderstorms in Boston this afternoon, today’s Home Opener between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays will be postponed until Tuesday, April 7 at 4:05 pm. The same tickets will be honored for Tuesday’s game, and no new tickets will be re-issued.
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The Boston Red Sox announced that concession prices will be staying the same this year. In addition, “Family Food Hour” at the Park will be introduced in April. Selected concessions will be available for half price for the first hour the park gates are open. The discounts will be offered on Fenway Franks, Pizza slices, Pretzels, Popcorn, Cotton candy, Fruit cups, Veggie cups, Bags of burgers (sliders), Hoodsie ice cream Cups.
Read the full announcement of discounts and new fan amenities.
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Aaron Reza hit a clutch two-run double with one out in the 9th to give the Boston Red Sox the 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Sarasota Florida last Wednesday. Clay Buchholz had a stellar performance on the mound, throwing six innings allowing one unearned run on three hits. Buchholz is ready to go this season as he has averaged a 0.46 ERA this spring.
Despite his fantastic showing Buccholz got the no decision and Hideki Okajima picked up the win after holding the Reds scoreless in the eighth. Cincinnati’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto gave up just two hits and struck out five in his six innings thrown.
The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals next tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Josh Beckett is scheduled to make the start for Boston.
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Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis has recently been diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain and tendinitis in his left Achilles. He returned to Fort Myers, Florida to join the Sox in spring training to begin the healing process, and is not likely to make a return to the World Baseball Classic.
Youkilis has been a major contributor for the United States team. In their last game against Puerto Rico he had a homerun and two RBI’s. “There’s a good possibility that Youkilis may be off the roster,” said team U.S.A. manager Davey Johnson. “He played with kind of a sprained ankle the other night. I have a bad feeling.”
Hopefully the U.S. can find a way to carry on with out Youkilis. They will be playing Venezuela on Wednesday night, which will be a game to decide seeding for the final rounds.
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David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jason Varitek all homered to contribute to Boston‘s win over the Minnesota Twins 9-5 last Tuesday. Red Sox ace Josh Beckett pitched four innings, allowed three runs and six hits with three strike outs. All three runs let up by Beckett were in the second inning. Red Sox manager Terry Francona let him continue, saying “we were really pleased that he went back out and was able to have a third and fourth, ends up being a decent workload outing.”
Alexi Casilla hit 4-for-4 with two stolen bases, and Denard Spean drove a solo homerun in the fifth for the Twins. Look for the Red Sox to take on the Cincinnati Reds for their next challenge on Thursday night.
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Roy Halladay gave up three home runs in five innings as the Red Sox beat out the Blue Jays 6-4 in Dunedin, Florida on Monday. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 from the plate with a homerun and 2 RBI’s for the Sox. Jeff Bailey and Chris Carter also had multiple hits with one homer apiece.
Boston scored all 6 of their runs in different innings of the game. Halladay ended his outing giving up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston commented on his performance, saying “They didn’t beat him up badly. I think he just didn’t locate the way he wanted to. When you don’t, you’re going to get hit sometimes.”
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Red Sox third-baseman Mike Lowell went 1-3 with a single in his first game back since hip surgery. Lowell suffered a torn labrum in his hip-the same injury that Alex Rodriguez recently received surgery to repair. Lowell’s recovery took from October until a running session last week, and Sox manager Terry Francona was impressed with his return. “It’s nice to see him get a hit, because it was a good swing,” Francona said at a post-game press conference. “But it’s nice to see him in the game. We only were planning on giving him two at-bats.” Lowell will be in the lineup again on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in just his second MLB start, but struggled greatly in the 2008 season. On Tuesday, however, the young pitcher dominated the O’s again. Buchholz struck out two in three perfect innings. After a tough first full season, the Sox hope that this is a sign that the pitcher has worked out any mechanical problems he may have had last year.
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