Game 4: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the weather is much more pleasant than it was the last two evenings. We’ll have spring conditions at last, with the Yankees and the Red Sox renewing their rivalry under the lights tonight. Nathan Eovaldi and Wade Miley are on the mound, making their respective debuts for their new clubs.

“They’ve been swinging well. They’ve got good hitters,” Eovaldi said. “It’s just executing your pitches. I mean, you can get any batter out. You got to just execute and not get too predictable. Don’t fall behind in counts and have to rely on your fastball.”

Here are the quick hits of what you need to know from Joe Girardi’s pregame briefing with the media:

  • Alex Rodriguez is batting third tonight because Carlos Beltran is on the bench, and Girardi said again that he has liked the quality of A-Rod’s at-bats. Rodriguez hit career homer No. 655 last night against the Blue Jays is 2-for-9 (.222) through the Yanks’ first three games.
  • A-Rod could get the day off tomorrow. He has DHed in four straight games to open the season. There’s still no set date for him to play the field.
  • Stephen Drew is at shortstop tonight. Girardi said that will continue to be the plan for days that Didi Gregorius doesn’t play until Brendan Ryan returns from the disabled list. Ryan is expected to be out until at least May.
  • One pitch to watch tonight is Eovaldi’s splitter. It’s something he worked on a lot this spring with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and Eovaldi is likely to show it off. He also talked about wanting to bend a few first-pitch curveballs in, so don’t be surprised by that.
  • The Yanks are 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position through their first three games. “That’s got to change,” Girardi said. “You have to have faith. The big thing is you keep getting the opportunities.”
  • Tonight marks Girardi’s 1,300th game as a big league manager.

Here are the starting lineups:

RED SOX (2-1)
Mookie Betts cf
Dustin Pedroia 2b
David Ortiz dh
Hanley Ramirez lf
Pablo Sandoval 3b
Mike Napoli 1b
Daniel Nava rf
Xander Bogaerts ss
Sandy Leon c

Wade Miley lhp

Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Alex Rodriguez dh
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Chase Headley 3b
Chris Young rf
Stephen Drew ss
Gregorio Petit 2b

Nathan Eovaldi rhp

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