A heartbreaking loss for the Yankees. It seems every year Mariano Rivera gives up his first runs of the season to the Red Sox. Joba Chamberlain had a good start, but nothing mattered after Jason Bay's bomb.
Going into the seventh inning, both starters were out of the game, and the score was tied at two. But the Yanks got to Hideki Okajima in the seventh, scoring two runs from a Mark Teixeira single and a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly.
The Yankees had the game wrapped up going into the ninth inning, but Rivera gave up a two-run shot to Jason Bay in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The Yankees lost it in the bottom of the 11th on a Kevin Youkilis home run over the green monster. Full box score here.
I can’t believe Rivera finally blew it. Something about playing the Red Sox in April does not bode well with the Yanks. At least it’s the first game of the series, so they will have time to make up for it.
- Jose Molina had a really nice game actually. He went 2-for-3 and walked twice.
- Chamberlain had a good start, allowing only one earned run over 5 1-3 innings. He had to leave early because of his four walks and 91 pitches.
The second game of the series is today on Fox at 4:10 p.m. A.J. Burnett takes on Josh Beckett in what should be a great matchup.