Opening Day (Yanks @ Red Sox)
April, 4, 2010
By Andrew Marchand & Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
11:55 Before you panic Yankee fans, remember last year you lost the first eight to the Red Sox.
11: 44: Joba is looking like the seventh inning guy with every pitch he throws in the eighth.
11:41: Joba and I talked about this type of situation. He wants to be able to self-correct without Dave Eiland coming out or Jorge needing to talk to him. Now, it is a single and a walk and Joba is in trouble here with one out.
11:28: Neil Diamond Live here. He is wearing a sweatshirt tht says, "Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn."
11:11: Somewhere in the Yankee dugout, A. J. Burnett is saying, "See! I told you the guy can't catch!'' Posada's passed ball allows go-ahead run to score. And now, it's Joba Time!
11:11: Hip, Hip, No-way. How did Posada miss that? Yankees now down. Marte now out. And guess who is in? Joba.
11:08: Chan Ho Park didn't allow a HR in 50 IP as a reliever last season. 1st inning of relief as a Yankee, he yields one. (Via ESPN Stats)
11:01: Chan Ho Parked. Dustin goes deep and it is sevens wild here. Pedroia jacks Park's 2-1 fastball over the Monster to tie it. This one has Joba written all over it.
10: 53: Chan Ho Park coming in for the seventh, should mean Joba for the eighth, right?
10:48: Obviously, Okajima didn't get the memo about Granderson vis-a-vis lefties. Pitching too carefully, walks him on a 3-2 fastball.
10:45: Gosh, I feel like I've seen this movie. 2009 revistited. A team dare to comeback on them and they make them pay. You can walk the leadoff guy in front of A-Rod. A-Rod double, followed by Cano RBI groundout and an RBI single for Posada.
10:36: Robertson comes in and Beltre hits a game-tying single. We didn't see it on that swing, but a talent evaluator said that Beltre's swing is perfect for the Fens.
10:31: That's it for CC, 5 1/3. It is forgotten now, but CC didn't start last year that well. He had a nearly five ERA the first month.
10:28: As we said earlier, Youkilis hits Sabathia well. His two-run triple and suddenly we have a ballgame. Sox within one, 5-4, Yanks, here in the sixth. If Sabathia gets through this inning, that is probably it for him.
10:07: Clutch pitch by Sabathia to get Ellsbury looking at a slider to end the fifth with Sox on second and third
10:02: Was that Johnny Damon in left? Gardner hurting his back page possibilities with the worst throw in this area since Tony Eason's final days with the Pats.
9:59: Drew's single with one out in the fifth the first hit allowed by Sabathia since Youkilis' double in the second.
9:51: Grand(erson) Opening, but he still can't hit lefties. I can hear Yankee fans saying they are worried about that. They may be right.
9:48: Bye-bye Beckett walks off after 4-2/3 innings, 94 pitches, five runs, two home runs, three walks and only one strikeout. Schoeneweis coming in to relieve
9:47: Beckett is done for the night. He started off well, then the Yankees pounded him. The best news for the Yanks, so far are 0-for-8, but the Yankees are up 5-1 in the fifth.
9:41: Hideki Who? Cano, who has hit the ball hard all three at-bats, held to a 390-foot single n a shot off the base of the right-field fence. Meanwhile, A-Rod hitless with a DP in his first three at-bats. How much longer before he squanders all the equity he built up last October?
9:35: CC having a little chat with home plate umpire Joe West upon leaving the mound after a strong fourth inning.
9:32: Beckett up to 74 pitches through four innings; Gardner is the first Yankee to steal home since A-Rod did it July 31, 2004 vs. Baltimore, also on the back end of a double steal
9:30: Brett Gardner steals home on the double-steal with Jeter. Gardner making a case for the Back Page. "Boston Gardner."
9:23:It is officially baseball season. The first "Yankees s**k" chants of 2010
9:22: Johnny Who? Gardner now two-for-two, line single to left drives in the Yankees third run of the night, 3-1 in the fourth. The Captain adds an RBI single to make it 4-1.
8:52: Quite the debut thus far for Curtis Granderson. Early Back Page leader, "GRAND OPENING." Still, a lot of baseball to play.
8:43: Kevin Youkilis nails a double off the Green Monster in the bottom of the second. He always hits Sabathia well. In his career, he is a little less than .300 hitter against the big man.
8:32: Curtis Granderson's homer is important on a lot of levels. There is nothing better for new Yankee than to get the fans behind him early. A poor start can avalanche. So that was bigger than just one run.
8:29: Jorge Posada goes deep off the Pesky Pole. To me, out of the core four, Posada is the most important Yankee this year, because although the other three core four guys are not easily replaceable, I don't know if Francisco Cervelli is ready to play every day, if Posada were to get hurt. He didn't hit in the minors and it is unknown if he can repeat what he did last year.
8:08: Pedro Martinez did indeed throw out the first pitch. It was a meatball, but it may have been harder than any of the pitches he threw in the World Series. Pedro got a nice ovation, until, of course, he hugged A-Rod.
7:07: Who's your Daddy? The word is the Pedro Martinez will throw out the first pitch. The Sox haven't said for certain. If true, it should get 2010 off to a loud start.
6:42 p.m: It seems like Joba is getting the ball in the eighth tonight. Joe Girardi declined to answer when he was asked who would be his reliever if he needs a bridge to Mo, but I think it will be Joba.
I spoke with pitching coach Dave Eiland a little while go and he said the Yankees know who will throw the eighth. He, like Girardi, wouldn't reveal who it will be, but he did say that, "Joba pitches on adrenaline. If he can't get for this situation ..." His voice then trailed off.
I asked him, whom else could pitch the eighth, he mentioned Damaso Marte, David Robertson and Chan Ho Park. Unless there is a matchup issue, I can't really see any of those guys being given the chance at the eighth before Joba.
Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Johnson, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Gardner, LF
CC Sabathia, LHP
Red Sox Lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, C
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Cameron, CF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Josh Beckett, P