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Game 11: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to play the second game of a four-game series tonight. We’ve got a matchup of lefties, with CC Sabathia and Jon Lester taking the ball. There is rain in the forecast, but it looks like we’ll be having an on-time start.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-6)

Jonny Gomes RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Grady Sizemore LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

YANKEES (5-5)

Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B

CC Sabathia LHP

MLB will speak to Yankees regarding Pineda

Major League Baseball spokesperson Pat Courtney said today that the league plans to speak with the Yankees regarding the substance that was on Michael Pineda’s right hand in the third inning of last night’s game against the Red Sox, but Pineda is not in danger of being suspended.

“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” Courtney said. “Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”

Here is what Pineda said this afternoon at his Yankee Stadium locker:

“I told you last time, I’m sweating [on] my hand too much. I’m putting dirt, and that’s it. … I’m coming here early, doing my work, and nobody said [anything] to me today.”

Here is Joe Girardi’s take:

“Like I said, I’m going to focus on the game. I understand what Michael said it was. Did I talk to Michael about it? I still haven’t talked to him about it. I talked to him to see how he felt today; that was my concern. My concern is to get him ready for his next start, and to make sure that a guy coming off an injury that he’s coming off of, that he feels good the next day and is able to make his start. That’s my focus. My focus will be managing the game. As far as the other thing, I have not heard from Joe Torre and I‘m not worried about it.”

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
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 3B

Clay Buchholz RHP

YANKEES (4-5)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

Pitching matchups for the Red Sox series

Jacoby EllsburyAfter losing two of three to the Orioles to open the home schedule, dropping a 5-4 decision last night, the Yankees welcome the Red Sox to town for a four-game series — Jacoby Ellsbury’s first opportunity to match up against his former club in a regular season game, something he’ll be doing quite a bit, as the Yanks and Red Sox will lock up 19 times this year.

Here are the pitching matchups to look ahead to:

Thurs., 4/10 vs. Boston
RHP Michael Pineda (0-1, 1.50) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 12.46 ERA) 7:05 p.m. YES/MLBN

Fri., 4/11 vs. Boston
LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 7.50) vs. LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 2.51 ERA) 7:05 p.m. YES/MLBN

Sat., 4/12 vs. Boston
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.92) vs. RHP John Lackey (2-0, 1.38 ERA) 1:05 p.m. YES/FS1

Sun., 4/13 vs. Boston
RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 8.68) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 9.00 ERA) 8:05 p.m. ESPN

Game 8: Yankees vs. Orioles

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Orioles are set to play the second game of a three-game series. We’ve got a rare Tuesday afternoon game here in the Bronx, with Ivan Nova and Wei-Yin Chen locking up as the pitching matchup. We had some rain earlier in the day but it’s turning into a pleasant, overcast afternoon; temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s.

Here are the quick hits from the Yankees clubhouse:

  • Francisco Cervelli is in the lineup, making his first career start at first base. It’s something the Yankees have toyed with a little bit in the last few days, but Cervelli is still very much an unknown quantity over there. Joe Girardi called it a “low risk” gamble. Cervelli thinks the last time that he played first base in a game was when he was 15.
  • Cervelli has been taking ground balls all over the infield since Spring Training, and with a lefty on the mound, it’s something that they want to take a look at. Girardi said that it is not something he has to stick with all day; Kelly Johnson is still the regular first baseman.
  • Cesar Cabral was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take David Robertson’s place on the active roster. Matt Thornton may not be available today; Thornton pitched yesterday and Girardi said that he has also been getting up in the bullpen often.
  • Who’s today’s closer? Girardi replied: “That is a really good question.”
  • You might remember that the Yankees thought about having Alfonso Soriano play first base this spring. They never got around to it, Girardi said, because Soriano got a late start to his spring with a bad case of the flu and then needed to focus on working in the outfield corners. Girardi also said that he has never seen Brian McCann take a grounder at first base, so they weren’t about to start now.

Lineup time:


ORIOLES (2-5)

Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz LF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35)

YANKEES (4-3)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Francisco Cervelli 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Ivan Nova RHP (1-0, 3.18)

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