Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Game Day - Yankees vs. Red Sox

The final game of the Yankees three-game series at Fenway kicks off at 7:10 p.m. and will air on YES and ESPN2. It's a gorgeous clear day in Boston, with temperatures in the high 80s and a slight breeze. The tie breaking match up features an interesting pitching duel as Andy Pettitte takes the mound against newly acquired John Lackey.

Yankees (1-1)
Jeter - SS
Johnson - DH
Teixeira - 1B
Rodriguez - 3B
Cano - 2B
Posada - C
Granderson - CF
Swisher - RF
Gardner - LF

LHP Andy Pettitte

Red Sox (1-1)
Ellsbury - LF
Pedroia - 2B
Martinez - C
Youkilis - 1B
Ortiz - DH
Beltre - 3B
Drew - RF
Cameron - CF
Scutaro - SS

RHP John Lackey

Things to Watch: The Yankees claimed 1B/OF Chad Huffman off waivers from the Padres today. A second round draft pick, Huffman has a lot of talent and is still only 24 years old. He is a patient hitter with a lot of power - he won the 2009 Triple-A Home Run Derby. A very nice pick up, the team will send him to Triple-A.

Game Notes: The Yankees topped the Red Sox 3-1 in 10 innings to open up the season with a series win over their AL East rivals. Andy Pettitte gave the team six strong innings and allowed only one run on six hits and three walks. He struck out four and threw 94 pitches, 54 of which were strikes. John Lackey was equally good and the Yanks didn't get on the board until Nick Swisher's RBI single in the top of the seventh, after Lackey had been removed from the game. Chan Ho Park redeemed himself from Sunday's debacle with three solid innings. He earned the win and seemed to get stronger the more pitches he threw, he was touching 94 on the gun in his final inning, a great sign. He did give up some scary long fly balls, but no harm done. Park's final line: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. He threw 36 pitches, 24 strikes. Granderson led off the 10th inning with a solo home run off of Jonathan Papelbon to break the tie, it was good to see him come through in the clutch like that, he's all business. Teixeira added another run on a RBI ground out with the bases loaded. Mo then closed it out with a perfect inning to earn his second save of the season.

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