Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4
April, 3, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees' start goes from bad to worse. They lose again to their rivals, and their second-best starter is hurt.
The positive for the Yankees is that the season is less than 1 percent over, so time is on their side.
HIROKI HURT: The biggest story from Wednesday night is not the 0-2 start. It is Hiroki Kuroda's hand. It was an instinctive but silly play to put his bare right hand in line with Shane Victorino's liner in the second. If Kuroda is hurt or ineffective because of it, the Yankees have little starting depth at the upper levels. Adam Warren, Vidal Nuno and maybe even Chien-Ming Wang could become options.
We will let you know more about Kuroda's condition as soon as we find out.
HAFNER GOES YARD: With the way the Yankees are constructed right now, everyone is very important. Travis Hafner, brought in to take advantage of the right-field porch, hit a mammoth home run off Clay Buchholz in the fourth. It was a good sign. The only problem was that it made the score just 6-1. It was the Yankees' first homer of the season.
WELLS DONE: In the eighth, off Alfredo Aceves, Vernon Wells nailed a three-run homer to cut the lead to 7-4. Wells was a positive Wednesday, going 3-for-4.
WARREN COMMISSIONED: Phil Hughes (bulging disk) is slated to come back April 11. If he does, the Yankees could just keep Ivan Nova and David Phelps in the rotation, if Kuroda is out. But Warren is the likely sixth starter on this team. The Red Sox hit him pretty well -- he allowed five hits -- but he gave up just one run in his 5 1/3 innings.
HALF-EMPTY: It was freezing at Yankee Stadium. The game-time temperature was 42 degrees, and it felt colder than that. Still, the stadium was half-empty. The announced paid attendance was 40,216. A lot of fans never showed up, and by the final pitch, there was nearly no one in the stands.
NICE HUSTLE: Chris Stewart made a nice catch on a foul pop in the seventh. He nearly tumbled over the railing into the Red Sox dugout, though; some Boston players were there to help. The Yankees were trailing 7-1 at the time.
HISTORY: The Yankees had never allowed seven or more runs in their first two home games of the season until now (ESPN Stats & Info).
NUNE: In the ninth, Victorino hit a hard one-hopper that Eduardo Nunez couldn't handle. It was a tough play, but it was ruled an error. Nunez did get on base three times (two hits and a walk).
TIME OF THE GAME: Three hours, 35 minutes.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Can the Yankees survive a Kuroda injury?