April 5, 2010

Red Sox rally back against Yankees for Opening Day victory

Everything was going right for the Yankees on Opening Day until J.D. Drew singled off CC Sabathia with two out in the fifth inning. The Red Sox tired out the big lefty, scored three off him in the sixth, three off Chan Ho Park in the seventh, and went on to beat the Yankees 9-7.

Quick ‘Cap:
Kevin Youkilis played the role of Yankee killer tonight, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and two RBIs. His two-run triple off Sabathia in the sixth made the score 5-4 and he scored the tying run on Adrian Beltre’s single off Dave Robertson.

The Yankees regained the lead in the seventh with two runs, but the Sox stormed back with three in the bottom half against Park. Dustin Pedroia’s two-run homer tied it, and Youkilis scored the game-winner on a passed ball after doubling.

Jorge Posada (3-for-4) and Curtis Granderson slammed back-to-back jacks in the second. Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano had two hits apiece. Gardner actually was credited with a steal of home on a double steal with Jeter in the fourth. Full box score here.

I think the fifth inning really got to Sabathia and he should’ve been taken out before facing the meat of the order in the sixth. Park dug himself into a hole tonight in his Yankee debut after blowing the two-run lead. Damaso Marte and Joba Chamberlain also looked bad out of the pen after him — and I expected the bullpen to be a strength for the Yankees this season.

Line of the Night:
Youkilis: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 3B. My player to watch really bit the Yankees where it hurt tonight.

Up Next:
The Yankees look to even the series on Tuesday at 7 p.m. I’ll be in attendance to see A.J. Burnett and Jon Lester duke it out.

Unrelated Note: Speaking of Duke, GO DUKE on Monday.

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