Game 10: Yankees vs. Red Sox
Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to begin a four-game series tonight. It’s the first of 19 meetings this season between the Bombers and the defending World Series champions, with tonight’s pitching matchup highlighted by Michael Pineda’s Yankee Stadium debut. Clay Buchholz has the ball for Boston.
Here’s what you need to know from Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
- Brian Roberts has the day off, with Dean Anna playing second base. Girardi joked that Roberts is on pace to play 162 games this season, so obviously the Yanks would like to handle him a little bit more carefully. Roberts, as I can now recite from memory, has missed 445 games over the last four seasons due to injury.
- Who’s closing today? Good question, again. It won’t be Shawn Kelley, who threw 30 pitches in his outing last night, and Girardi said that he probably doesn’t have Adam Warren available either. A save situation might go down to Matt Thornton, if Girardi can resist using him earlier in the game.
- Jacoby Ellsbury and Thornton will be picking up their 2013 Red Sox World Series championship rings tomorrow. Boston manager John Farrell and GM Ben Cherington will deliver them.
- Brendan Ryan has started light baseball activity down in Tampa. Mark Teixeira is doing some off-field exercises, including riding the stationary bicycle.
Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (4-5)
Grady Sizemore LF
Clay Buchholz RHP
Brett Gardner LF
Michael Pineda RHP