Game 21: Yankees at Red Sox
What were the Yankees expecting from Michael Pineda when they reported to Spring Training this season? There were hopes that he would be able to regain his form and make that big trade with the Mariners look like more of a win, sure, but no one really knew for sure what kind of pitcher Pineda could be. Labrum tears are tricky like that; it was certainly fair to have questions and doubts about what the Yankees had on their hands.
And yet here we are at Fenway Park, as Pineda will take the ball carrying a 2-1 record and a sterling 1.00 ERA in his first three starts for the Yankees. He has already defeated the Red Sox once this season – the ‘pine tar/dirt’ game on April 10 at Yankee Stadium – and will be trying to chalk up his third straight victory tonight after blanking the Cubs his last time out. John Lackey has the ball for Boston.
“We weren’t sure what we were going to get from [Pineda] when the season started, that’s for sure, when we came to Spring Training,” manager Joe Girardi said today. “But the way I saw him throw the ball in Spring Training, I’m not surprised what he’s done so far. Obviously our job is to kind of take it a little bit slow with him and we’ve done that, we’ll continue to do that, but we’re really pleased with what he’s done. He’s been dynamite.”
The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN, and can be heard on WFAN.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Michael Pineda RHP (2-1, 1.00)
|RED SOX (9-12)
Grady Sizemore RF
John Lackey RHP (2-2, 5.25)