The Yankees were up 5-2 in six innings, but Sabathia sixth inning was all the Red Sox needed to score two runs to get momentum going.
Girardi will suffer unwanted heat for not pulling Sabathia at 100 pitches, but finishing out the six seemed logical. It just got unlucky. Sabathia had a solid first outing, and no reason he won’t win 19-20 games this season.
Both teams battled it out, but the Red Sox utilized on the Yankees mistakes to win 9-7.
Since it is the first out of 162 games, no need to get worked up even if the Yankees had not lost.
There are however a few things of note:
- Curtis Granderson fits. This is no small feat on the Yankees. Many kudos to Brian Cashman for adding another Cinderella following CC, AJ, Tex and Swisher.
- Joba gave up a hit, but overall he is much more comfortable in this role than as a starter. As time goes on Joba will succeed, and he can serve two, even three innings if needed.
- Alex Rodriguez started slow, but came through in the seventh inning after the Red Sox tied it up, scoring Tex and putting up a run as well. This together Arod looks so relax and sure it is tremendously encouraging.
- Jeter and Posada are still Jeter and Posada. Posada had three hits, two in clutch situations and Jeter was park of a double steal with Garner, who stole home.
- Nick Johnson still does not feel right. Missing Matsui the person is a given, but Godzilla is just a better hitter than Johnson. Still, as the season progresses the Yankees will understand Matsui should never have been allowed to walk.
- Our newest Japanese version, Chan Ho Park gave up the winning runs tonight. Park’s location was off on his fastball, but he seemed sluggish in general.
Red Sox first-baseman Kevin Youkilis was on fire. Along with Dustin Pedoria, both were critical in tonights win. Nothing can go wrong with either, as it would wreak havoc in Boston Nation.
Forecasting the length of the time, it will be difficult for Boston to keep the fire all season without David Ortiz stepping it up. Also, Victor Martinez does not seem to connect with Beckett behind the plate, and putting Captain Jason Veriteck back there loses a crucial bat in the line-up.
Even in defeat, the Yankees are a better team in comparison to their rivals. Overall, the Yankees look ripe to go all the way this season.