Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Mets couldn't come up with a big hit today. They left plenty of men on base and their rally came up just short. They loaded the bases in the ninth inning and pinch hitter Rod Barajas hit a sinking line drive that Willie Harris made a diving backhanded stop on to preserve the win. The Mets have a chance to win the series with their ace Johan Santana on the mound tomorrow. They also will play their final game of the homestand. Here is my article that I wrote for World News Vine today explaining what else went on in todays game. Mets Rally Falls Short in Ninth Nationals take Win 4-3 Breaking News WorldNewsVine
CC Sabathia came oh so close to a no hitter today but fell short. The bats were strong today. Mark Teixeira finally broke out with 3 hits and Alex Rodriguez continued to get started with 2 more hits. Here is the game story I wrote for World News Vine, check it out for all the details on the game. The Yankees and Rays will play the rubber game tomorrow with A.J. Burnett on the hill. Sabathias No Hit Bid Falls Short as Yanks Roll to Win Breaking News WorldNewsVine
The New York Yankees will play their 2nd of 3 games against the Rays this afternoon in St. Petersburg. The game is at 3:10PM on Fox. CC Sabathia will make the start going up against Wade Davis for the Rays. The Yankees lost the opener 9-3 last night and are 2-2 on the young season. The Rays are 3-1 coming out of the gate quick. Here are the notes and lineups for todays game. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Johnson(DH) Teixeira(1B) Rodriguez(3B) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Granderson(CF) Gardner(LF) Cervelli(C) Rays Lineup: Bartlett(SS) Crawford(LF) Zobrist(2B) Longoria(3B) Upton(CF) Aybar(1B) Burrell(DH) Shoppach(C) Kaplar(RF) Alex Rodriguez needs one more hit to reach 1,000 with the Yankees. He will become the 39th player to so with the Yankees and first since Jorge Posada did it in 2005. He also needs 1 more homerun to pass Mark McGwire for 8th on the all time list. Over the last 3 games the Yankees bullpen has given up 1 earned run and 0 walks in 10 1/3 innings. They have gone 2-0 and 0.87 era in that span. Mark Teixeira is 0-16 to start his season matching his career high in hitless at bats from the start of a season. He originally did that as a rookie in 2003. Mark Teixiera turns 30 tomorrow. The Yankees are the only team in the majors with at least 3 pitchers who tossed 200 or more innings last year. Javier Vazquez, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett all did. Andy Pettitte threw 194 2/3 innings. They also have 4 starters who have at least 100 career wins.
The New York Mets take on the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of their 3 game series. The game is at Citi Field and starts at 1:10PM. Here are the lineups and notes for this game. Mets Lineup: Reyes(SS) Cora(2B) Wright(3B) Bay(LF) Francoeur(RF) Matthews Jr.(CF) Tatis(1B) Blanco(C) Perez(P) Nationals Lineup: Morgan(CF) Guzman(2B) Zimmerman(3B) Dunn(1B) Willingham(LF) Desmond(SS) Rodriguez(C) Taveras(RF) Lannan(P) Jose Reyes returns from the DL today and the Mets optioned Ruben Tejada to Buffalo which is the AAA club of the Mets. Jeff Francoeur recorded his 7th multi HR game of his career. His last one came on April 12, 2008. Oliver Perez is making his first start of the year. He struggled in spring training and got booed on opening day. It will be interesting to see how he reacts in his first start. He has a 9.20 k per 9 inning rate which ranks 3rd among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings pitched.
The New York Mets had a good night last night in defeating the Washington Nationals by the score of 8-2. Mike Pelfrey turned in a strong pitching performance and the Mets hit 4 homeruns in a game at Citi Field for the first time. Rod Barajas and Jeff Francoeur each hit 2 homeruns. Mike Pelfrey pitched 6 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve and Jenrry Mejia each pithced a scoreless inning. Angel Pagan and Alex Cora each had a hit and a walk and Alex Cora had a rbi. David Wright had 2 hits a walk and a rbi. Jason Bay had a hit and a walk. It was a good game all the way around for the Mets who now will get Jose Reyes back today and that should provide them with a boost. The best thing about this game for the Mets though was the effective pitching from Mike Pelfrey. If the Mets are going to go anywhere they need good pitching from someone other then Johan Santana. They will play game 2 of the 3 game series this afternoon at 1:00PM. The Yankees on the other hand had a very bad night. Javier Vazquez did not have a good return back to the Yankees and the AL. He pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up 8 hits and 8 runs with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Sergio Mitre did a good job in relief pitching 2 1/3 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run with 1 strikeout. Alex Rodriguez had a rbi triple and Derek Jeter and Nick Johnson each had 2 hits. Robinson Cano, Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher each had a hit. The Yankees will attempt to bounce back this afternoon at 3:10PM with CC Sabathia on the mound.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Here is the Mets lineup for tonights game against the Nationals. Mike Pelfrey makes the start against Garrett Mock. Mets Lineup: Pagan(CF) Cora(2B) Wright(3B) Bay(LF) Jacobs(1B) Francoeur(RF) Barajas(C) Tejada(SS) Pelfrey(P) Here are some of the game notes. Ruben Tejada is the youngest player to start a major league game at SS since B.J. Upton did it with Tampa Bay in 2004. The Mets have 5 rookies on the team which is the most in the major leagues. Jenrry Mejia is the youngest player in the majors and Ruben Tejada is the second youngest. Ryota Igarashi became the 11th Japanese born Met to appear in a game when he got into last nights game. Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur have collected at least 1 hit in each of the Mets first 3 games. Fernando Nieve has pitched in all 3 of the Mets games and hasn't allowed a run.
Here are the pregame media notes for tonights game. The game is at 7:10PM on the yes network. Javier Vazquez makes his first start going up against David Price for the Rays. The Yankees win the other night over Boston was won after they were tied in the 7th inning. It was the 17th straight win when tied after 7 innings for the Yankees setting the record in the Modern Era according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Curtis Grandersons extra inning homerun the other night was his second career one. Mariano Rivera has converted 61 of his last 65 saves on the road after blowing his first 2 chances in 2007. He has held opponents to a 156 batting average over the last 3 seasons on the road and has a 1.04 era. In the Boston Series the Yankees 5-9 hitters went 21 for 57 which is good for a 368 batting average. They had 12 runs, 5 doubles, 4 homeruns, 10 rbi and 7 walks. There 2-4 hitters were only 2-36 which is a 056 batting average with 3 runs, 2 doubles and 4 rbi. David Robertson turns 25 years old today. The Yankees bullpen has thrown 8 scoreless innings over the last 2 games. They have allowed 3 hits with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts and are 2-0. I will be at a wedding tonight so I don't know if I will get to do a postgame recap and notes, but I will do it tomorrow morning if not, enjoy the game everyone.
Here are the lineups, I am going to do a seperate post afterwards with the game notes. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Johnson(DH) Teixeira(1B) Rodriguez(3B) Cano(2B) Posada(C) Swisher(RF) Thames(LF) Granderson(CF) Javier Vazquez is the starting pitcher, making his first start of the season.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The New York Mets lost their rubber game of their 3 game series with the Marlins by the score of 3-1. The offense was just lifeless as the Mets pitching was good especially the bullpen. Jon Niese game them 6 pretty good innings. He gave up 3 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Hisanori Takahashi and Ryota Igarashi each pitched scoreless innings giving up a walk. Fernando Nieve retired the only batter he faced and Pedro Feliciano pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up 1 hit. Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur each had 2 hits with Francoeur picking up a rbi. The only other guys to have hits were Luis Castillo, Jason Bay and Rod Barajas who each had 1 hit. The Mets were 0-4 with runners in scoring position so they didn't even threaten to score too much. It was a very poor offensive game for the Mets and there was no energy at all at the ballpark. The attendance was only 25,000+ which is not good at all for a team trying to erase all the negativity from last season. The Mets will now take on the Washington Nationals in a 3 game weekend series before hitting the road. I guess the positive the Mets can take out of this game is that they got a good pitching performance from someone not named Santana. They did get good news after the game when Jerry Maneul announced that Jose Reyes will rejoin the team tomorrow and play on Saturday. Luis Castillo though has sore calves and will be replaced by Alex Cora for tomorrows game.
I decided to break up the lineups section and the notes section, I thought it would be too much and I think I will continue to do this for all of the game posts. The Mets and Marlins won't see each other again until May 13-16th when they will play a 4 game series in Florida. The Mets 4 full season minor league clubs will open up tonight. Jose Reyes played 5 innings yesterday in a minor league intrasquad game. He went 1-5 and is eligible to come off of the DL on Sat. I would expect to see him with the club on that day. The only other players to have homered more frequently as a catcher other then Rod Barajas are Jorge Posada and Brian McCann. Barajas does it 1 time every 25.3 at bats. This info comes courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau. David Wrights first inning homerun was only the third such homerun in the Mets 49 yr history. Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson are the only other 2 Mets to accomplish that, thanks again to Elias. The Mets have the most foreign born players on their opening day roster. They have 18 such players from 7 different countries.
Here are the pregame notes and lineups for tonights rubber game. The Mets won on Opening Day and the Marlins came back and won the second game last night. Jon Niese and Nate Robertson are the starting pitchers for the game. Mets Lineup: Pagan(CF) Castillo(2B) Wright(3B) Bay(LF) Francoeur(RF) Tatis(1B) Barajas(C) Tejada(SS) Niese(P) Marlins Lineup: Coughlin(LF) Maybin(CF) Ramirez(SS) Cantu(3B) Uggla(2B) Paulino(C) Ross(RF) Sanchez(1B) Robertson(P)
Here are the pitching matchups for the 3 game series at Tampa that will take place starting tomorrow. Friday-Javier Vazquez vs David Price Saturday-CC Sabathia vs Wade Davis Sunday-A.J. Burnett vs James Shields It will be another series vs a divisional foe, a lot of people are picking the Rays this year and the Yankees will get an early look at them.
I want to get to some of the postgame notes from last night but first I have to talk about the story in the Bergen Record about umpire Joe West. He is actually one of the crew chiefs and he ripped the Yankees and Red Sox. I understand wanting to speed up the pace of baseball games and all of that, I actually think overall they have gotten shorter the games but the Yankees and Red Sox are two very good teams that take a lot of pitches and also have long at bats and that will slow the game down. The problem I have with Joe West isn't that he wants to speed up the game but what he actually said, here are the quotes "embarrassing, a disgrace to baseball." This is him talking about the length of the Yankees and Red Sox games. He also called the teams "pathetic and embarrassing, they take too long to play." It is one thing to feel that way but how can you say that when your supposed to be an objective umpire. I think this is a big problem and should be addressed by commissioner Bud Selig. If the players get in trouble for speaking out shouldn't the umpires also?? I wonder what will happen here, stay tuned. Postgame Notes from Last night: Andy Pettitte actually got a little whiplash from falling to the ground during the 1st inning of the game. He said he had a headache and was sore for a few innings and had to gut it out. Steve Donahue the trainer had to massage his neck and give him some pills according to Pettitte. He said whatever he gave him worked and he was able to complete the game. He said there was no way he was coming out. Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter both said that Lackey did not hit Jeter on purpose in the 6th inning. I wouldn't think so either in a 1-0 game with the top of the lineup up. Jeter and Youkilis were joking about it on the field. Joe Girardi said his plan was to use Park for no more then 2 innings but that his pitch count was low enough that he used him for a third inning. He said that is what made him attractive to the Yankees, his ability to pitch multiple innings. Alex Rodriguez had this to say "We won two out of three and Tex and I didn't do much to help out. The bottom of our lineup did great all three games, They came up big for us." Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada hit 417 for the series and Nick Swisher hit 364.
how did the Mets do, well after falling behind 6-1 they did make a valiant comeback to tie it. They lost in the 10th inning 7-6 though. John Maine didn't pitch very well and the bullpen wasn't too good. Here is the article I wrote for World News Vine regarding the game. The Mets and Marlins play the rubber game tonight. Mets Drop a Tough One In Extra Innings Breaking News WorldNewsVine
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Here is my link to the Yankees story I did on tonights game. Remember I am the sports writer for World News Vine and need all the support I can get as I cover both the Yankees and Mets all season long. I will be reporting from the games as well and would appreciate you visiting and clicking on some of my ads as well as I generate income this way. Yankees Take Series in Boston with 3-1 Victory in Extra Inning Breaking News WorldNewsVine
The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by the score of 3-1. The Red Sox took an early lead and it stayed 1-0 until the 8th inning when Nick Swisher hit a rbi single with Jorge Posada at second. I don't know how he scored as he looked very slow and uncoordinated in trying to score but he made it by tiptoeing around the catcher and then missing home plate. He was able to crawl back and touch home plate as the ball got away from the catcher. Andy Pettitte and John Lackey both pitched very well but it became a battle of the bullpens. Andy pitched 6 innings giving up 6 hits and 1 run with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. John Lackey pitched 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 0 runs. Curtis Granderson was the hero of the game as he hit a homerun off of Jonathan Papelbon in the 10th inning. The Yankees added a insurance run with a Mark Teixiera fielders choice groundout. Mariano Rivera looked like he usually does by pitching a perfect inning for the save. Chan Ho Park was the story of the game though as he bounced back from his opening night loss with 3 shutout innings. He earned the victory, he also saved the bullpen who will now all be ready to go in Tampa on Friday. The Yankees won the series and will enjoy their day off. They will take on the Rays now in St. Pete Friday, Saturday and Sunday before coming home next Tuesday for the home opener. Javier Vazquez will make his debut on Friday. Curtis Granderson has started off his Yankee career nicely with 2 homeruns in 3 games and the game winner tonight. Nick Johnson hasn't gotten a hit yet but has started his second tour of duty off right with his near 500 on base percentage.
I decided to break up the original game post with the lineups and the game notes to see if it looks better on the blog. I think it will be clearer and not take up as much space, what do you guys think?? Here are the notes: With Mariano Rivera getting into the game yesterday, he Posada and Jeter became the first trio of teammates in MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL history to play together in each of 16 straight seasons. It is amazing to think that they have been together this long and been this good. It was almost 4 if Pettitte didn't go to Houston for 3 years. The second longest tri in Yankees history played 13 seasons together. They were Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing from 1930-42 and Whitey Ford, Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle from 1955-67. Curtis Granderson batting ninth last night was the first time in Yankees history they batted a 30 or more homerun guy from the previous season in the ninth spot. It was the first time in the majors since 6/4/07 the White Sox did it with Joe Crede. Last night marked the 16th straight regular season game the Yankees won when tied after the 7th inning. The 16 game winning streak under such circumstances matches the 1906 Giants for the longest regular season winning streak in the Modern Era in games that were tied at the end of the seventh inning. This is according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Alfredo Aceves moved to 11-1 in his career after eraning the win last night. It marked the best start by a Yankee at the start of his career or with prior decisions with other teams ince Bob Wickman began his career 14-1 with the Yankees from 1992 through 6/2/93. Robinson Cano has now hit safely in his last 13 games against the Red Sox. He is batting 400 in that span with 6 doubles, 3 homeruns and 7 rbi. It is the longest hitting streak by at Yankee against Boston since Derek Jeter hit in 18 straight from 8/28/07-8/28/08. Mariano Rivera recorded his first save last night and that was the 15th consecutive yr with at least one save according to Elias. That ties a AL record that was held by Tom Burgmeier's. He did it in 1970-84. It is tied for the 6th longest of all time. Jorge Posada hit his 16th career HR at Fenway Park on Sunday. It is the most by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle finished his career with 38 at fenway.
Here are the lineups first and then some game notes. Today is the rubber game of the 3 game opening series in Boston. The Red Sox won the first game 9-7 and the Yankees won last night by the score of 6-4. Andy Pettitte will go up against John Lackey who is making his Red Sox debut. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Johnson(DH) Teixeira(1B) Rodriguez(3B) Cano(2B) Posada(C) Granderson(CF) Swisher(RF) Gardner(LF) Red Sox Lineup: Ellsbury(CF) Pedroia(2B) Martinez(C) Youkilis(1B) Ortiz(DH) Beltre(3B) Drew(RF) Cameron(CF) Scutaro(SS)
Joba Chamberlain met one of his childhood heroes before the game last night. John Smoltz was working for MLB network and he did offer Joba some advice. Smoltz remember started and relieved in his career and did both well. He told Joba to treat relieving as though it is a "one inning game." Joba said "It is just getting back in the routine, getting comfortable with what I do down there, when it is all clicking, it feels right." He was talking about being in the bullpen. He sure looked like his old self last night hitting 96 on the gun and showing that emotion that he needs to show. Chad Jennings of the Journal News had these postgame notes: Here is what A.J. Burnett said about Posada, he said that Posadas ability to block his curveball early in the game gave him the confidence to keep throwing it late. "My first couple of hooks aren't exactly 60 footers, they are more like 56 and a half." Nick Swisher said "I'm really just taking this, for the first time in my career, like a job. Show up, I do the work, make sure I am doing everything the right way and it's really working out. Maybe I am just a little more focused." Girardi said he didn't want to use Park because he felt a little sick yesterday. Girardi said it was possible that Robertson would of pitched the whole 8th inning had he not allowed that leadoff single. Girardi said this about Nick Johnson "That is why we went and got this guy." He was commenting on him getting on base 50 percent of the time even though he hasn't got a hit yet. The Yankees were pleased with the way Burnett pitched, Burnett said that he just made 2 mistakes to Victor Martinez. Here is what Girardi said about Cano in the 5 hole. "His approach has been outstanding."
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The New York Yankees bounced back with a win tonight in Boston. They won the game 6-4, A.J. Burnett got the start and I think he was better then the numbers indicate. He pitched 5 innings giving up 7 hits and 4 runs, only 3 were earned. He did have 5 strikeouts with only 1 walk. He got off to a bad start because the outfielders miscommunicated and it led to a single, stolen base and throwing error by Jorge Posada. The bullpen tonight was great with Alfredo Aceves pitching 2 perfect innings, Damaso Marte getting David Ortiz out in a big spot and Joba Chamberlain looking like the old Joba striking out 2 batters to close out the 8th. He also did his spinning pump fist, he needs to how that emotion and get fired up, his velocity was also up to 96 which is great to see. The offense was led by Robinson Cano who started the spring hitting and hasn't stopped. He was 2-3 with 2 rbi and 2 runs scored. Nick Johnson didn't get a hit but was on base 3 times and that was why he was brought here because of his high on base percentage. Nick Swisher has also been hitting great, he had 2 hits and a rbi. The Yankees will try to win the series tomorrow night at 7:00PM on the YES network.
Tonight will be all about A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada working together again. Last year they had trouble and it ended up at the end of the year that Jose Molina caught A.J. Burnett including through the playoffs. A.J. Burnett said he never had a problem and they worked together all spring and have appeared to get over whatever happened between them. Tonight will be the first official start together in a long time. I know everyone will be curious to see how they work together and that will be the big story. Here are the game notes and tonights lineup. I would love to here from you guys under this post as to how your feeling, what you think of the lineup?? What do you think of A.J. and Jorge?? Whatever else you want to discuss lets get it going here. This is game 2 of the 3 game opening series in Boston, it will be A.J. Burnett and Jon Lester on the mound. After this series the Yankees will be off on Thursday and head to Tampa for a weekend series before returning home next tuesday. Curtis Granderson homered in his first at bat and plate appearance as a Yankee. This was the first Yankees to accomplish that feat since Cody Ransom did so on 8/17/08 vs Kansas City. It was the first time a Yankee did it in his first plate appearance on Opening Day since Jim Wynn on 4/7/77 vs Milwaukee. The only players to homer in their first Yankees at bat at Fenway Park other then Granderson were Andy Phillips(2004), Graig Nettles(1973) and John Miller(1966). The season opening telecast on the YES network marked the second highest rated and second most watched regular season live sporting event ever on a NY regional sports network. It was second only to the YES networks 4/3/05 Yankees-Red Sox game. Chan Ho Park became the first Korean born Yankee in franchise history with his appearance on Sunday night. The Yankees fell to 14-19 on Easter with their loss on Sunday. The opening loss dropped them to 18-11-1 in 30 previous all time opening day games vs Boston. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Johnson(DH) Teixeira(1B) Rodriguez(3B) Cano(2B) Posada(C) Swisher(RF) Thames(LF) Granderson(CF)
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Yankees were off today and their wasn't much news. Phil Hughes did make a start down in Tampa in extended spring training though. He pithced 8 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 0 runs and had 12 strikeouts. That is very impressive although it was in extended spring. I feel really good about him as the 5th starter and think he may give them double digit wins. I think this is the year he really shows his potential and then stays in the rotation for good. He will be rejoining the team before pitching another extended spring game when the team is in Tampa this coming weekend. The Pitching Matchups for the rest of the series in Boston are: Tommorrow-A.J. Burnett vs Jon Lester Wednesday-Andy Pettitte vs John Lackey The Yankees will try to even up the series tomorrow. The games are at 7:00PM and on the yes network and wcbs radio 880AM.
The New York Mets got off to a great start with a convincing 7-1 victory today at Citi Field. Johan Santana was his usual self pitching 6 innings and allowing a run on 4 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 5. He was in a tight battle until the Mets opened up the game in the 6th inning with 4 runs, helped out by 3 Marlins errors. The Mets bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings in support of Santana. Fernando Nieve pitched 2 innings giving up 2 hits and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect 9th inning. Jason Bay, Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr. each had 2 hits a piece. The newcomers really got into the action right away and had a big impact. It was a beautiful day and the Mets really made some improvements on the stadium incorportating their past. Darryl Strawberry threw out the first pitch which was a great thing by the Mets. I was a good day all the way around. The link to my article is below, the Mets and Marlins will continue their series on Wednesday. http://worldnewsvine.com/2010/04/santana-and-mets-roll-on-opening-day/
The New York Mets begin their 2010 season at 1:00PM today at home against the Florida Marlins. Baseball is back and what can be better then that. The ace of the staff Johan Santana will take the mound going up against Josh Johnson. Here are the pregame notes I have from the Mets media notes. The Mets are set to open up their 49th season in the National League. They are 31-17 on Opening Day. This is the best winning percentage in baseball on opening day. Johan Santana will make his 5th opening day start and 3rd straight with the Mets. He is 3-1 with a 4.07 era on opening day and won his last 2 with the Mets. The Mets have never opened the season at home against Florida. They have played them twice in Florida to start the season in 1999 and 2008. This is the first time the Mets have opened at home since 2006 and 25th time overall they have opened at home. They are 17-7 in those openers, they are also 17-2 in their last 19 opening days at home. The pregame ceremonies will include renaming the brige beyond the right-centerfield wall Shea bridge. The 4 troops will do the national anthem and God Bless America and Darryl Strawberry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mets Lineup: Cora(SS) Castillo(2B) Wright(3B) Jacobs(1B) Bay(LF) Matthews(CF) Francoeur(RF) Barajas(C) Santana(P)
Here is the story I did for World News Vine. Click on the link below to read about Opening Night. The [pitching wasn't great but if your a fan of offense then this game was for you. It usually goes this way with these 2 teams at Fenway Park though. If you don't know I am writing for this organization. I need you guys to support me and visit these articles. You can click on the links also, please check me out everyday on here, I will always post the links here as well as continuing to do the rest of the stuff I always do on this blog. Yankees Lose Opener to Red Sox in Boston Breaking News WorldNewsVine
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The New York Yankees will begin defense of their title at 8:05PM when they take on the Boston Red Sox from Fenway Park. What a way to begin the season on Easter against your hated rivals. Happy Easter to everyone, hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family and good food. I don't have too many notes but here is your game post. CC Sabathia will go up against Josh Beckett, they are the two aces of their respective staffs. This is the 108th season for the Yankees and second season in a row to start on the road. They lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 last year. The teams will have an off day tomorrow then play Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:05PM. The games will be on the yes network in NY. A.J. Burnett will face John Lackey and then Andy Pettitte will face Jon Lester. The Yankees are 14-18 on Easter over the last 50 years. This is just the second time the Yankees are playing Boston on Easter over the last 50 years. The Yankees are 18-10-1 in 29 previous opening days against Boston. They are 6-4 in openers at Fenway Park. The Yankees and Red Sox last played on Opening Day in 2005. The Yankees won that game 9-2. The Yankees have been champs 26 times and went back to the World Series 16 times and repeated 12 times. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Johnson(DH) Teixeira(1B) Rodriguez(3B) Cano(2B) Posada(C) Granderson(CF) Swisher(RF) Gardner(LF)