|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|923||BOSTON||+105||Ov 8,-105||+110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|924||NY YANKEES||-115||Un 8,-115||-120||Un 7.5,-120|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||8.0||0.325||0.437||2.0||0.182||0.270|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1.1||1-0||2.0||0.182||0.270||8.0||0.325||0.437|
|4/1/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||8-2||W||100||8 un||O||13||13||0||6||8||0|
|4/3/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ 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.
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*Red Sox-Yankees Preview* =========================
Boston (1-0) at New York (0-1), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Robinson Cano had a quiet opening day for the New York Yankees, but now he's got a new agent as well as a favorable matchup in his second game.
Cano has enjoyed tremendous success against Clay Buchholz heading into Wednesday night's home meeting with the Boston Red Sox.
Boston cruised to an 8-2 victory over New York in Monday's season opener. The Yankees finished with six hits as they used a makeshift lineup without injured stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
Cano had a single in four at-bats, striking out as the potential tying run in the seventh inning.
Plenty is expected from the superstar second baseman, who was the World Baseball Classic MVP in the spring for the Dominican Republic. Manager Joe Girardi is counting on newcomer and cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis, the former Boston slugger, to protect Cano in the lineup.
"If they don't wanna pitch to Robby, he's gotta understand that they're not going to pitch to him and we'll let Youk beat 'em, that's the bottom line," Girardi said.
Cano, who can become a free agent at the end of 2013, made headlines Tuesday for dumping agent Scott Boras in favor of a new company formed by musician Jay-Z's Roc Nation and CAA Sports.
"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field," Cano said in a statement.
Cano is 12 for 25 with four doubles and a homer against Buchholz (11-8, 4.64 ERA), who went 0-5 with a 5.62 ERA over his final eight 2012 starts.
The Red Sox right-hander went 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA in two starts against New York last year, surrendering eight homers over 7 2-3 innings. One of those home runs was by Cano.
Boston expects better results in 2013 from Buchholz, who went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in six spring starts.
"I thought he was better overall with particularly his fastball location, (using the) bottom of the strike zone, and if that holds true to form going forward, he should be a very good and certainly a very strong starting pitcher for us," manager John Farrell told the Red Sox's official website.
Buchholz's 7.19 ERA against New York is his second-worst against any club.
Farrell's Boston managerial debut Monday was a success as he replaces Bobby Valentine. Shane Victorino drove in three runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored twice in his big-league debut for a Red Sox team playing without injured Yankees nemesis David Ortiz.
Ellsbury is 11 for 30 over his last six games against New York and Dustin Pedroia 10 for 20 in his last five.
Pedroia is 6 for 14 with a homer in his career against Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32), who begins his second season with New York after tying for the team lead in victories in 2012 and posting the eighth-lowest ERA in the AL.
Kuroda went 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts against the Red Sox last season, going 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three in the Bronx.
The 38-year-old right-hander also pitched well in the spring with a 1.53 ERA in six appearances.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:27:50 PM EST|