After losing the season opener in a grudge match of the bullpens, the New York Yankees came back winning for the second straight night up at Fenway Park. Finishing the series against the Red Sox two games to one.
Proven to still be a fight to the end, as three games took just shy of 11 hours to do between the rivals.
It is just three games into the season, and too early for presumptions, so talking playoffs is out, but some things to consider out of the gate.
The World Series will have a familiar look in October, according to the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.
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Both bullpen’s battled for starters CC Sabathia who called it a night in the sixth, and Josh Beckett finished an inning before at the top of the fifth.
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.
This trek starts tonight when they take the field at Fenway Park against their division rival Red Sox.
Josh Beckett and CC Sabathia will duel it out on the mound, and it will be the first time Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson get to show their stuff.
Johnson’s injury worries are a growing concern, and he has to prove himself trustworthy on the field.
Granderson in pinstripes has Yankee Universe bursting with excitement. He seems like one hell of a player, and a person.
Another Yankees to watch is Alex Rodriguez, to see if his superior end to last year will carry through to the 2010 season. Arod is key to this team’s success both on defense and offense. If all continues looking good, Arod’s on the road to an MVP type of season.