The Boston Red Sox are now 4-0 against the rival New York Yankees in 2009. Boston enjoyed its first win at the new Yankee Stadium last night with 6-4 rain delayed victory. Papelbon saved the game for the Sox striking out Cano with the bases loaded in the 9th inning.
The Yankees did have some positives in this one. The struggling Mark Texiera homered twice, once from each side of the plate. Damon also added a homer for New York in the losing effort. The Yankees may have lost Jorge Posada to a hamstring injury. Posada will not play tonight against the Red Sox. It also appears that A-Rod will be rejoining the Yankees this Friday.
Tonight’s Red Sox vs Yankees game features Josh Beckett vs Joba Chamberlain. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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The New York Yankees survived a near-collapse of their bullpen to notch a 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Joba Chamberlain showed why New York wants him to be a starter; allowing only one run on three hits and three walks through 7 innings, while racking up 6 k’s. Nick Swisher was the offensive catalyst for the Yanks, racking up 4 RBI on two homers and helping to chase Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
The Yanks didn’t have it easy after Chamberlain was done, though. The Tigers mounted an impressive comeback, scoring four runs off of reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, as well as getting a huge two run homer off of Mariano Rivera by Curtis Granderson. Detroit fell short in the end, and the Yankees won their second consecutive game.
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When Jacoby Ellsbury noticed Andy Pettite pitching from the wind-up with the bases loaded, he knew he had a chance to do something. “I was pretty confident that I could get in there,” Ellsbury told the AP’s Howard Ulman. Ellsbury exploited a slow delivery in what would become the first straight steal of home at Fenway in fifteen years.
Justin Masterson had another solid (although short) outing, giving up one run on six hits and a walk across 5 1/3 innings. Sox prospect Michael Bowden thew two perfect innings with two K’s to bridge the gap to Takashi Saito. Saito notched his second save, and is making a serious case to be the Sox go-to setup man.
With the sweep the Sox run their winning streak to ten games, just one game behind the solid-looking Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox travel to Cleveland to face the Indians for a 3 game set starting on Monday.
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Melky Cabrera belted two homers for the Yankees, including the deciding home run in the bottom of the 14th to win over the Oakland A’s 9-7 last night at the new Yankee stadium. Cabrera has been playing well lately for the Yanks and hopes this will keep his confidence going. “I knew it was gone and I knew that we won,” said Cabrera. “I was just trying to get on base and make good contact. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am right now.”
The Yankees bullpen were the real heroes of the night, pitching 7 1/3 innings with out allowing any runs. C.C. Sabathia struggled from the mound allowing seven runs in 6 2/3 innings. New York was able to get enough run production to tie it up as Jose Veras relieved Sabathia with three scoreless innings. “I feel real happy,” Veras said. “I let my team down the first game of the season here at Yankee Stadium, and I knew I had to do something good for my team to pick up the bad. I feel really good today.”
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Chien-Ming Wang struggled last Saturday as he gave up eight runs on eight hits in just one inning, resulting in a 4-22 loss for New York. The Indians lit up the Yanks in the second inning scoring 14 runs with 3 home runs. The line up finished the game with 25 hits to the Yankees 7. Wang has an 0-3 pitching record so far this season, serving up 23 runs in 6 total innings.
Johnny Damon had some less than reassuring words for his starting pitcher. “He’s making it real tough on our bullpen right now. We have to count on guys in our ‘pen to go seven or eight innings. We have six losses on the year right now, and he’s got three of them.” He continued to criticize Wang, saying “in all three of those games, we’ve been blown out and we’ve had to go to our bullpen, so maybe our bullpen’s not sharp the following days. I don’t know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out, because it’d be tough to keep on going like this.”
The Yankees came back on Sunday with a 7-3 win over the Indians, but it still doesn’t nearly make up for one of the worst losses in their 108 year history. The Yanks will next make their way to Oakland to face the A’s before traveling to Boston to face the Red Sox for three weekend games.
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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.
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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After winning eight straight spring training games, the New York Yankees have lost their last two against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees pitching has not been strong as of late, letting up five runs to the Rays and eight to the Phillies. Raul Ibanez hit 3-for-3 for Philadelphia, and Eric Bruntlett went 3-for-4. Matt Stairs and Miguel Cairo added homeruns for extra run support.
Chien-Ming Wang allowed five hits, three runs and two walks in five plus innings. Though the numbers don’t look pretty, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was happy with the outing. “Each inning that went on, it seemed like his sinker got better,” he said. “That’s a good sign. He was down a lot in the zone. That was clearly, to me, his best outing”
Right field has been an open spot for New York since the start of spring training. Girardi has recently stated that Xavier Nady is looking like the better candidate over Nick Swisher with two weeks left. New York will meet the Boston Red Sox one last time before the start of the 2009-2010 regular season. The game will take place in Tampa, Florida tonight at 7:15 p.m.
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New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui is still recovering from left knee surgery conducted last September. Manager Joe Giradi doesn’t want to rush his healing process, and wishes for him not to take the outfield for at least three months. Until then he will perform as designated hitter, and will also be available for necessary pinch hit situations.
“The earliest we would need him in the outfield would be interleague, and that’s a ways off,” said Giradi. “That’s why we envision him as our everyday DH. We need him.” Matsui will be counted on to hit fourth in the line up, and will drop to the five spot when Alex Rodriguez comes back from right hip surgery. He has already been thrown in the DH spot for their last four spring training games. Matsui feels good about his progress so far, saying “I think the fact that my body and knee are getting used to it is a good sign.” Look for Matsui to be starting at DH opening day with CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees.
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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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