Facts are the Yankees are coming in nicked-up, missing Curtis Gradnerson, Chan-ho Park, Andy Pettitte at least for his next start, Rivera is available but proceeding with caution, Arod knee is sore, and Posada is DTD, as nothing about tonight has been confirmed.
The Yankees are coming off a lovely home stand winning 5 of 6 games, but the Red Sox need these wins to get over .500 and out of fourth place.
Since the embarrassment sweep by the horrifically poor Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox have come back with a vengeance. As they took the Angels for four in a row with their own brooms, scoring 36 runs in total.
Big Pappi is hitting balls finally, but it is Kevin Youkolis and Dustin Pedoria that are the keys for the team’s success.
Tonight’s strategy is Beckett’s to choose, but which Beckett will show-up is the question. So far has not been so generous, but even with a 6.31 ERA Beckett has gone 7 innings 4 out of 6 starts this season. His mechanics are obviously way off, with only 26 strike-outs. He has allowed 13 walks and 25 earned runs in just 35.2 innings pitched.
Tonight is the biggest spotlight for this newly emerged Yankee ace, but his confidence seems to be here to stay. Hughes should have a pleasant evening ahead of him.
The Yankees begin the toughest test for a beat-up roaster and let’s see how the defending champs step-up to the plate.