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.
This phenomenon Yankees pitching prospect, Pat Venditte who is ambidextrous, successfully as able from with either arm. Venditte also has two entirely different deliveries, overhand from his right and 10 o’clock sidearm as a lefty.
As a child Venditte’s father traced his son’s hands in order to have a custom glove made that caters to both hands. Venditte still wears this unique glove design, and can change it from hand to hand faster than most people can make a glove off just one.
The sports world has not seen a player like Venditte in over a century.
The question remains, will Venditte ever make it to the Bronx or play at the major-league level?
Well, ESPN Magazine’s Baseball Preview issue done by the duo predicted that Boston Red Sox will win the division by four games over the Yankees. Yes, the currently reigning champs, who just barely make the Wild Card in 2010 as the Tampa Bay Rays are just a game shy.
Wait it gets better, Mariano Rivera will lead the AL East serious decrease in ability. Mo will nearly doubling his ERA from 1.76 to 3.18, about ten less strikeouts than 2009, and all done throwing less innings too.
The player with the biggest upside, is Red Sox’s 3B Adrian Beltre who’s home-run total will double in 2010 season. Beltre’s SLG percentage will increase from .379 to .454, and the one word sentence containing ‘Jackpot.’ finished it off this declaration.
So how did this one make sense because he had a career year in 2004? Maybe it’s because ESPN considers a player with multiple injuries the equivalent striking gold?