Game 14: Yankees at Red Sox

April 20, 2012, 3:15 p.m. ET, Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

100 years to the hour of the first pitch thrown at Fenway Park, the Red Sox and Highlanders Yankees will be back at it this afternoon, celebrating the anniversary of the facility’s debut. Then, the pitching matchup was between New York’s Ray Caldwell and Boston’s Buck O’Brien, a game won by the Red Sox, 7-6, in 11 innings. The pregame ceremonies are expected to be epic.

“I think it’s special,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It takes you down memory lane, and whatever age you are, you can go back and think about the players that you watched as a kid, the history of the ballpark, the history of the two organizations.

“So many players are coming back today that played for the Boston Red Sox, and you were in awe of some of those players as kids; Hall of Famers. For me, the personal relationship I have with some of them, whether it’s Carlton Fisk or Dewey Evans, who was a hitting coach of mine. I’m really going to enjoy it.”

The Yankees will be hoping for a different result than they had in 1912 this afternoon, sending Ivan Nova to the hill against Boston’s Clay Buchholz. Both clubs are donning special throwback uniforms — the Yankees doing so for the first time ever, wearing a version of their 1912 uniforms that included an askew ‘NY’ on the left chest. If you’re curious, take a look in the MLB.com Shop.

The Yankees have only worn anything other than their contemporary uniforms once before; on June 8, 1996, when the Yankees paid homage to the New York Black Yankees in a 9-7 loss at Tiger Stadium. Detroit was wearing the uniforms of the Detroit Stars.

Asked for his favorite Fenway Park memory today, Derek Jeter drew a blank.

“I don’t think you can really pick one,” Jeter said. “We’ve had regular season games, postseason games, [the 1999] All-Star Game. There’s a lot of special moments. It’s kind of tough just to narrow it down to one individual game. But I’ve always enjoyed coming here.”

Me too. Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (7-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (2-0, 4.15)

RED SOX (4-8)
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross LF
Jason Repko C

Pitching: Clay Buchholz RHP (1-0, 9.82)

1 Comment

Good win for the Yankees. Nova had some trouble but pitched out of it. A strong game and the pen was stellar including Mo. Some clutch hitting. 2 homers by Chavez. Nice piece of hitting and good to see Martin get a homer. He’s been struggling. Let’s sweep this series.

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