What it means: For all the talk of the Red Sox running away with the AL East, their starting pitching is every bit as shaky as the Yankees' is. For the second straight day, the Boston starter got bombed, only this time, the Red Sox didn't get away with it. Clay Buchholz got belted around for five runs in 3 2/3 innings and all the good feelings of their Opening Day win evaporated in today's loss, and the grim reality is, the record is now 1-7. Meanwhile, the Yankees crushed the ball all day and got excellent work out of their bullpen to even the series at one apiece.
What's good: Plenty. Eric Chavez, with three hits (two doubles) and two RBI in his Yankee starting debut, is a viable option at DH if Jorge Posada falters; Russell Martin had two home runs; Robby Cano had two hits, including a mammoth home run that one veteran Boston scribe said was the longest HR he had ever seen at Fenway; Curtis Granderson went Pesky Pole in the fifth; David Robertson came in to put out the fire for Ivan Novain the fifth, striking out Jed Lowrie and getting Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out with two runners on when it still was a three-run game; Joba Chamberlain was overpowering in his one inning of relief, striking out Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz on nasty sliders
What's not so good: Nova, who after his good start against the Twins last week, once again couldn't get out of trouble in the fifth, and once again, Joe Girardi had the quick hook on him. Cano couldn't turn what would have been an inning-ending DP in the fourth, leading to three runs for the Red Sox, a pivotal play at the time that became unimportant when the Yankee offense poured it on late.
What's coming from us: Ian O'Connor is writing a column on Martin, who had a huge day; I'll get into Chavez, a terrific hitter stuck behind two guys who never come out of the lineup, and Andrew Marchand will preview CC Sabathia's attempt to make it 2-of-3 tomorrow night, and fill up the blog with all manner of relevant postgame info.
What's next: The Big Fella, Sabathia, pitches the rubber game against Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40) Sunday night at 8:05 p.m. (ESPN).