|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )
|915||BOSTON||+125||Ov 8.5,+100||+100||Ov 8,+100|
|916||NY YANKEES||-135||Un 8.5,-120||-110||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-26||-3.3||26-23||4.9||0.263||0.316||4.6||0.249||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7||3-3||2.3||0.176||0.234||7.3||0.323||0.387|
|vs Left-handed Starters||37-26||+2.2||33-30||5.3||0.264||0.340||4.3||0.251||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||2-5||1.9||0.164||0.226||3.4||0.234||0.281|
|4/1/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/3/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/3/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|NY YANKEES: HITTING: Despite his decline from mediocrity into downright counter-productivity, SS DEREK JETER gets to hit atop the best lineup in baseball. Off an MVP-caliber season, OF CURTIS GRANDERSON is a true star. His average is mediocre, but his power is elite and the Yankees are letting him run when on base. After two years with a sub-.260 average, 1B MARK TEIXEIRA's talent seems to be fading. He still puts up huge power numbers playing in a bandbox. Coming off knee and thumb injuries, 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is a serious injury risk hitting in the middle of this lineup. 2B ROBINSON CANO will once again see as many RBI chances as anyone. He's been great in those situations the past two seasons. OFs NICK SWISHER and BRETT GARDNER offer power and SBs, respectively, though the Yankees may look to upgrade if they continue to post lackluster numbers. C RUSSELL MARTIN will get plenty of playing time now that Jesus Montero is in Seattle. Veteran slugger RAUL IBANEZ is the new DH in town, and will love hitting towards the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. |
STARTING PITCHING: CC SABATHIA struggled late last year and has logged a ridiculous number of innings over the past five years. He's a top-10 starter in the majors, but is starting to pass his prime. Newcomers HIROKI KURODA and MICHAEL PINEDA will both stabilize what was a shaky rotation last year. Kuroda, 37, posted a 3.07 ERA with the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Pineda has unlimited upside, fanning 173 batters in 171 innings with Seattle last season. IVAN NOVA benefitted from nearly nine runs of support per game. He keeps the ball down often enough to thrive in the Bronx, just without many strikeouts. PHIL HUGHES' stuff has regressed greatly since his days as a top prospect. He's trying to overcome conditioning problems this offseason. MANNY BANUELOS and DELLIN BETANCES are great prospects who may get a chance to start MLB games later this season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Trust MARIANO RIVERA to stay dominant until proven wrong. He was better in 2011 than he was in 2010 despite some velocity slippage. DAVID ROBERTSON has a firm hold on eighth-inning duties after an All-Star season. He's second in line for saves. RAFAEL SORIANO wasn't a total bust, as he did just fine after a rough April. He's settled into the seventh-inning role since Robertson is more trusted that he is. After Tommy John surgery, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN is aiming to be back this June. Middle reliever CORY WADE was reliable last year, and has a chance to rack up some vulture wins if he keeps going strong.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Yankees Preview* =========================
By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
Boston (0-0) at New York (0-0), 1:05 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Robinson Cano runs out to his position at second base Monday at Yankee Stadium and looks to his right, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will be missing. A glance to the left, and no Mark Teixeira.
Cano can check the trainer's room if he needs to find a familiar face.
"You don't want to see anybody get hurt, but it's part of life. Hopefully, they get well soon," Cano said. "Hopefully, we can just stay in the race until whenever they get back, and when we get them back and they help us to make it all the way to the playoffs."
Fans may need to consult their programs when the defending AL East champions take the field against the revamped Boston Red Sox for the 111th opening day in franchise history Monday. Jeter (ankle) will not be at shortstop in an opener for the first time since 2001. Teixeira (wrist) and Curtis Granderson (forearm) are out at least until May and Rodriguez (hip) won't be back until the All-Star break if at all this season.
Throw in the departures of Russell Martin and Nick Swisher to free agency as the Yankees try to trim their payroll for 2014, and the team will have a look that is more brittle than bombers.
In fact, when Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the lineup card out to home plate for the team's first game that counts since New York was swept by Detroit in the AL championship series, only three names from opening day 2012 will be on it: Cano, Brett Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia.
In place of the injured and departed is a collection of retreads and castoffs.
Vernon Wells, a late-spring training acquisition from the Los Angeles Angels, will start in left field. Lyle Overbay gets the nod at first base, six days after being cut by the Red Sox. Former Boston star Kevin Youkilis was the Yankees lone big free-agent signing, brought in as a $12 million placeholder for A-Rod. Ben Francisco could be the designated hitter against lefty Jon Lester.
"It's still the Yankees, it's still going to be a good lineup," Lester said Sunday. "They're going to put quality at-bats together. They're missing a few of their big guys but anybody that fills in for them it's like what I said, they're going to put professional at-bats together and still - it's not going to be a walk in the park."
The Red Sox also took a different approach this offseason. After going 69-93 and finishing last in the AL East for the first time since 1992, the Red Sox replaced the high-priced players they traded last summer - Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford - with a more modest crew that includes Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Joel Hanrahan.
The Bobby Valentine experiment lasted only one season. John Farrell is back from a two-season stint as the Blue Jays manager. Boston's former pitching coach is certain the Red Sox have put last season behind them.
"I think our guys starting at the final day of last year were looking forward to rewriting the story that unfolded last year," Farrell said. "By virtue of the changes to our roster. There's a number of new players who weren't here a year ago that they don't carry those sentiments."
One of those changes is the rapid rise of Jackie Bradley Jr., the dynamic 2011 first-round pick (40th overall) who made the Red Sox roster after a spectacular spring training. Having never played above Double-A, Bradley hit .419 with a .507 on-base percentage. He's getting a chance because David Ortiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a right Achilles tendon injury.
Bradley will start in left field Monday and Gomes will be the designated hitter.
"He's fun to watch,"Victorino said ofrBradley, who turns 23 on April 19.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is looking forward to seeing Youkilis, new look and all.
"It's going to be a little different, especially he'll be clean-shaved and everything," Pedroia said.
A lot will be different when the two clubs who have dominated their division for more than a decade take the field as underdogs. But Lester thinks the matchup remains the best rivalry in baseball.
"I think anytime you have Red Sox-Yankees, it's going to be intense and the rivalry is still going to be there," he said. "Adding opening day to it is going to be fun."
NOTES: To make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster, INF Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment. ... Boston placed pitchers Craig Breslow (left shoulder tendinitis) and Franklin Morales (lower back strain) on the 15-day DL, both retroactive to March 22. ... The Yankees made it official and placed Granderson, Jeter, Teixeira and Phil Hughes on the DL, all retroactive to March 22. ... The Yankees recalled RHP Adam Warren from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. New York designated LHP Clay Rapada for assignment to make room for Overbay, whose contract was selected from the minors. ... In Tampa, Fla., Granderson said he is scheduled to have follow-up X-rays Monday. ... Hughes said he is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and then rejoin the Yankees in Cleveland next week.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 7:25:36 PM EST|