Losers in 5 of their last 6 games, the Yankees lost hometown bragging rights as the Mets won the first Subway Series matchup of the year, taking 2 of 3 from the struggling Yankees. The series opened on a positive note for the Yankees who got a strong performance from starting pitcher Javier Vazquez who pitched six innings of one hit ball before taking a line drive off of his finger. The Yankees went on to win 2-1 with Mariano Rivera locking up his 8th save of the year.
After starting the season like a potential Cy Young candidate, Phil Hughes looked vulnerable for the second straight outing eventually taking his first loss on the year in Saturday’s matchup against the Mets. They Yankees stranded 13 runners in their 5-3 loss while Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey took command on the mound earning his 6th win of the year.
Sunday night’s series finale featured the marquee pitching matchup of C.C. Sabathia against Johan Santana. For the second straight game it was the Mets who pulled through in a close game. K-Rod ended the night with a dramatic 9th inning strikeout against A-Rod who represented the go ahead run at the plate.
The Boston Red Sox rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and two in the ninth to defeat the New York Yankees 7-6 yesterday in the Bronx. JD Drew kicked off the late offensive run with a double to deep left to advance Dustin Pedroia and score Marco Scutaro. Pedroia and Drew then finished their trip around the bases courtesy of Kevin Youkilis making contact for a single. David Ortiz sent Youk home with a double, where he proceeded to get thrown out at second to conclude the pivotal eighth inning surge.
After recording the loss in Monday night’s contest at Yankee Stadium, closer Jonathon Papelbon allowed just one run before shutting the door to solidify the W. “I was hoping all night long I would get another chance,” said Papelbon. “It’s a heavyweight fight. They might get one good blow in but they’re not going to knock me down.” The 20-20 Sox will attempt to further build their momentum at home for two games against the Minnesota Twins starting tonight at 7:10 PM. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
It wasn’t the first time Phil Hughes flirted with a no-hitter, but alas it wasn’t meant to be again. His no-hit bid against the A’s was broken up on a come backer to the mound in the 8th inning. Despite losing the no-hitter Hughes dominance led to the 6th straight Yankees win and their 11th overall on the season. Hughes stuck out 10 and finished the game with 1 hit and 1 earned run against, good for his 2nd win of the year.
The Yankees got RBI’s from Cano, Posada and Gardner in the 3-1 win over Oakland. The Yankees wrap up their series with the A’s on 4/22 before heading to L.A. and Baltimore. New York will return to the Bronx on 4/30 to host the Chicago White Sox.
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Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada collected their World Series rings before coming up with multiple hits en route to the New York Yankees 7-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels yesterday at Yankee Stadium. The ceremonies consisted of fans cheering in appreciation for their beloved 2009 lineup that included Angels outfielder Hideki Matsui. The former Fall Classic MVP received the loudest ovation as he walked towards Yogi Berra to hold on to his newest prized possession. Captain Derek Jeter didn’t hesitate to praise his longtime friend and co-worker, saying “he has been one of my favorite teammates I ever played with.”
The Yankees wasted no time getting on the board with a pair of home runs supplied by Nick Johnson and Jeter through the first three innings. New York was able to cruise until the start of the 9th, when Bobby Abreu knocked a three-run homer to right to make it 7-5. From there the Yanks were able to close it out to conclude their first home stand of the 2010 regular season. The Angels will stay in the Bronx for two more games starting Wednesday, April 14th. New York Yankees tickets are now available!
The Boston Red Sox are scheduled host the New York Yankees tonight at 7:10 PM to conclude their 2010 opening home stand at Fenway Park. Former LA Angels ace John Lackey is preparing to take the hill for the first time in Red Sox uniform with hopes to give his new squad the initial 2-1 advantage over their longtime rivals. The 31 year-old produced 139 strikeouts last season while holding a 3.83 ERA. Lackey and the Boston front office were able to agree on a five-year contract worth $82.5 million. So far during his time with the Sox he’s already built strong relationships co-pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
“Honestly, we haven’t talked much about the battles we used to have,” said Lackey of Beckett and Lester. “They are great guys and we’ve played some golf and hung out off the field. It’s been cool. I think there’s a lot of similarities between the three of us that have made it easy for us to fit in as teammates.”
15-year veteran Andy Pettitte will make his 2010 debut for the Yanks tonight. Pettitte played a key role to the success of the World Champion Yankees in 2009. Both Red Sox and Yankees are eager to claim victory tonight after splitting in their first two meetings. New York shifted the momentum yesterday after breaking the tie in the eighth inning to pull out the 6-4 W. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available all season long right here at AceTicket.com!
Kevin Youkilis belted two doubles and a triple to rally his Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 9-7 to open the 2010 MLB season last night at Fenway Park. The Sox found themselves down 5-1 early in the contest before chipping away to tie it up in the sixth. The Yanks regained the lead in the 7th after Robinson Cano grounded to second to give Mark Teixeira enough time to reach the plate. Jorge Posada then singled to center, scoring Alex Rodriguez to set the stage for Boston to retaliate once more.
Dustin Pedroia sailed one over the monster in that same inning to make it 7-7 before Youkilis broke for home on Posada’s passed ball. Pedroia added the extra insurance with a single to knock in Mike Cameron. “We all have faith in ourselves,” said Youkilis. “It’s good to get a win opening night. It’s good for the city. It’s good for the fans. It’s good for the players. It’s good for everyone. But it’s still just one game.”
An event most speculated to be a pitcher’s duel between Josh Beckett and CC Sabathia featured both ace’s letting up five earned runs in no more than five innings of work. “You don’t really want to give them runs,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “That’s the last thing you want to do to a club like this.” The Sox and Yanks are next set to matchup Tuesday, April 6th before the opening series concludes the following day. 2010 Boston Red Sox tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Following the New York Yankees successful run for their 27th championship in 2009, the Boston Red Sox front office struck back to make a handful of crucial acquisitions this offseason. Despite losing strength in the batting order after Jayson Bay went on to sign with the New York Mets, the Sox were able to upgrade their outfield by signing Mike Cameron to play center while shifting the young Jacoby Ellsbury to left. Their most crucial deal in 2010 brought in ace pitcher John Lackey to join the already strong rotation between Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield.
The Yanks may have lost the hot-stove war, but it doesn’t mean they went quietly through the fall and winter months. They added some pitching and offense with Javier Vazquez and Curtis Granderson. The AL East is shaping up to represent baseball’s most competitive division with Boston, New York and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein has one more contract to take care of this season. It’s evident that the Sox are working hard to keep ace pitcher Josh Beckett in Boston, working on a deal to keep him around until 2014 for $70 million. The Red Sox and Yankees are first set to square off Sunday, April 4th at Fenway Park for the start of their opening three-game series. Contact Ace for all 2010 Boston Red Sox regular season ticket needs!
ESPN Magazine just recently predicted the outcome of the 2010 MLB season with the help of Baseball Think Factory‘s cutting edge computer system ZiPS. After simulating the regular season and playoffs 100 times, the results favor the Boston Red Sox to claim the AL East Division en route to winning their third World Series in seven years. The ALCS features the Sox defeating the New York Yankees before taking down the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the Fall Classic.
Despite Boston listed as the heavy favorite, the system ranks the AL East as the most competitive division the league has to offer. Many believe the Tampa Bay Rays have the potential to pose a threat and make a solid run. With contracts expiring in 2011 between Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Pat Burrell, Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheel, the Rays must be motivated to produce this year with any chance of duplicating their 2008 campaign.
The Red Sox averaged out to attain a 97-65 record this season with the Yankees three wins back, eventually leading them to earn the Wild Card spot. The World Champions will surely be prepared to defend their title, but simulations prove Boston’s defense to be more valuable in the long run. With Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox undoubtedly showcase the best starting rotation in the MLB. Lackey along with third basemen Adrian Beltre will certainly prove valuable as new editions to the club. The Red Sox and Yankees are set to matchup April 4th at Fenway Park. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
The Detroit Tigers just recently inked Johnny Damon to a one-year $8 million dollar contract. The 14-year veteran despite the long awaited offseason claimed to have anticipated the motor city as his expected destination before the deal was even discussed.
“I felt like I was a Tiger probably a month and a half ago,” said Damon. “I think it’s a shock when you go into the offseason and you win the World Series and you have a good year and the market’s tough. But you deal with it. You move forward with it. And that’s exactly what we did. I’m happy with how it turned out. And I’m glad to be a Tiger.”
Last season as a member of the World Champion New York Yankees, Damon hit for a career high 24 homers with 82 RBI’s and a .288 batting average. Growing up near the Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Florida, he was thrilled to recieve the news on joining his new club. “This is where we wanted to be,” he continued. “It is where my family wanted to be. Contrary to what has been reported, I wanted a place where I could win right away. I have always been truthful and Detroit was always my first choice, and my wife and I are going to love it there.”
The Atlanta Braves just recently offered free agent and 2X World Champion Johnny Damon a one-year $4.5 million contract. Damon’s agent Scott Boras previously made clear that they’re looking for a two-year deal, but Atlanta players and coaches alike would certainly be excited to welcome the longtime veteran into their clubhouse. “I think he’d be a good addition,” said Braves third basemen Chipper Jones. “He’s a guy with experience and he provides us depth at the outfield position.”
Damon batted .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBI’s last season with the New York Yankees. After a successful title run in the Bronx, it looks as though New York has chosen to take away his pinstripes. The organization previously offered Damon a one-year contract but he refused. The Yanks then acquired Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn to solidify the outfield spots. More MLB hot stove updates to come!