4/4 – Yankees at Red Sox – Opening Night

OpeningDay2010.JPGGreetings from Fenway Park, where the Yankees are ready for Opening Night of the 2010 MLB season, and there is definitely a buzz in the streets of Boston. Here’s my take on this: There’s no reason why we shouldn’t just get started with what everyone is going to want to see eventually anyway — the Red Sox and the Yankees. Get right to it and let them pick up where they left off.

Here’s how Joe Girardi aptly summed up the theme of the day: “Everything so far has been very positive, but this is the real season now.”

After 29 Grapefruit League games, finally, these will be nine innings (at least) that count. With old Yankees friend Pedro Martinez lined up to throw the first pitch, here are the starting lineups:

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Cameron CF
Marco Scutaro SS

Pitching: Josh Beckett RHP

Now some info selections from the Yankees’ official Game Notes:

BEAN COUNTING:
The Yankees are 18-10-1 in 29 previous all time Opening Day games vs. Boston (4-4 tie in 1910 due to darkness) and 6-4 in all-time openers at Boston…the Yankees last played Boston on Opening Day in 2005 at the original Yankee Stadium, winning, 9-2 (WP: Randy Johnson, LP: David Wells) and last faced Boston at Fenway Park on Opening Day in 1985, losing, 9-2 (WP: Oil Can Boyd, LP: Phil Niekro)…marks the 10th time the Yankees have opened a season against Boston as defending World Champions, going 8-1 in the previous nine games…have opened a season against Boston and advanced to the World Series that same year on nine occasions…are also scheduled to close the regular season at Fenway Park, marking the third such time in franchise history that the two clubs open and close the season in Boston against each other (also 1938 and 1950). The Yankees’ three scheduled starters for the Boston series (Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte) own a combined 28-16 career record with a 3.75 ERA (367.2IP, 153ER) against Boston.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: After RHP Mariano Rivera, SS Derek Jeter and C Jorge Posada each make their first appearances of the 2010 season, they will become the first trio of teammates in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL history to play together in each of 16 straight seasons (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)…among MLB players, are currently tied with the 15-season Milwaukee Brewers trio (1978-92) of Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount…the second-longest trios in Yankees franchise history played 13 years together (Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing from 1930-42; and Whitey Ford, Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle from 1955-67).

Remember, you can follow along on Twitter for some in-game commentary and fun @BryanHoch. Also in the house tonight and helping out with the Yankees coverage is @AnthonyDiComo. And on the Red Sox side, give a follow to MLB.com’s Boston scribe, @IanMBrowne.

32 Comments

Matt-Alias, Joba is one of the most feared relievers in the game.
By andypettitteisrunningny@gmail.com on April 6, 2010 3:42 PM

Hmmmm, I never said this. I’ve always said that Joba should go back down to the minors. Looks like someone is trying to impersonate me again. I’ll just stay with my rocktman22 bogus ID.

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I love Ramirez a lot more than Joba. Joba sucks!! Why did they have to cut him?

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There’snever a good feeling when we are beaten by the Red Sox, especially the first game of the season, especially when we had two healthy leads in the game and then gave them up. It’s really downright humiliating to lose to the Sox that way. CC pitched well for four innings and then the bottom fell out. Girardi left him in one inning too long. The middle relief was poor to say the least and Joba wasn’t stellar either as set up. ARod wasn’t great and Tex didn’t do much offensively all night. A bad throw from Gardner in left field that allowed a run and runners to advance. Passed ball by Posada. Cano was the one bright spark offensively in the game along with Posada. Granderson got a homer but didn’t do much after that, especially with left handed pitching. All in all, not a great performance I don’t think. You can say it is only the first game of the season like so many said that the record of wins and losses doesn’t matter in spring training. One can only hope that the next few games will help to eliminate the bad taste in my mouth I’ve got right now after that loss to the Sox.

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Kramer born a Yankee fan. My Dad use to tell me that a manager wins 20 games and loses 20 games a year. The other 122 are decided by the players. This one is on Joe tonight. BAD use of his pitching staff. I’m not sold on Park at all. Still say he is an NL pitcher in the form of Hawkins and Farnsworth. They do well in the NL but cannot cut it in the AL. Chamberlain is still a mystery, way too immature for my taste. Glad a baseball season is a marathon.

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It was a tough loss but we still have 161 to go. LET’S GO!!!

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No, and it won’t be the last either. All the same, it was fun to watch the first game of the season.

Hopefully the streak of World Series champions dropping game 1 of 162 will continue for another year.

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Not the first time we blew a lead twice at Fenway. Back on Tuesday, but not live for me!

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We need a new hero!

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Middle relief——probably the worst part of the Yankees over the last 5 years. They simply have to get ahead early in count. Park did not look good! Joba no longer has a plus fastball. Marte—-inconsistent. But beyond all that, it sure is good to see real games that count.

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Good to see? Whose fan are you?

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Well good to see that Girardi has taken his STUPID pills for the night. Left CC in to long and Park is proving again he is NOT an AL pitcher. He belongs in the National League. Like to compare his stats in the AL and NL. The offense was there tonite and will be there throughout the season. I’m still worried about middle relief.

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Time to try for a bunt single?

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Well, so much for that. Tied game and the big 2 needed to step up. Now come on Cano, drive ‘em home!!!!

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Intresting to note that the Yankees have scored 5 runs against Josh Beckett, and neither of the best two hitters in the lineup have been on base. Of course, it’s just one game, but it shows how deep this lineup really is.

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Haha, yeah, I am indeed a Gardner fan. That speed is clearly a dangerous weapon, particularly in a power filled Yankee lineup.

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Me too! Me too!

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Sounds like the Brit is a fan of the Brett!

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Awesome double steal. Brilliantly played, from Girardi to Jeter and of course Gardner.

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Love that speed!

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WOW! First to third on a single to left!!!

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Talk about a clutch at-bat there. Early days yet but Gardner looks like he can earn his everyday spot.

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Something tells me I’m going to be seeing a lot of walks from Nick Johnson this year. Go on-base machine!!!!

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1.46 am. Or as us undergrads call it, coursework time.

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UKa, What time is it there?

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Love how a routine forceout at second becomes so tight when Gardner is out there. Man that guy is fast.

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Ain’t that grand!

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Hip! Hip! Jorge!

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Goose bumps followed by goose eggs!

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I’m psyched for this game.

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out of order!

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The wait is over!!!

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE (EDT)
SUN – APR – 4 – at Red Sox  – 8:05 PM – YES, ESPN2
MON – APR – 5 – – – – – –
TUE – APR – 6 – at Red Sox  – 7:10 PM – YES
WED – APR – 7 – at Red Sox  – 7:10 PM – YES
THU – APR – 8 – – – – – –
FRI – APR – 9 – at Rays  – 7:10 PM – YES
SAT – APR – 10 – at Rays  – 3:10 PM – FOX
SUN – APR – 11 – at Rays  – 1:40 PM – YES, TBS

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