Game 2: Yankees at Red Sox

After losing the first game of the year on Opening Night to the Red Sox, the Yankees will take on Boston again tonight hoping for a better outcome. Here is tonight’s starting lineup for the Yankees via Chad Jennings

SS Derek Jeter

DH Nick Johnson

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

RF Nick Swisher

LF Marcus Thames

CF Curtis Granderson

RHP A.J. Burnett

A Few Changes To The Lineup

With Jon Lester, an elite lefty, toeing the rubber for the Red Sox, Joe Girardi has made a few lineup changes today. Most notably, Marcus Thames is playing left field instead of Brett Gardner. Marcus Thames doesn’t necessarily hit for a better average against lefties (.256 career AVG against lefties, .234 career AVG against righties) but he does for more power against lefties. However, Thames has to prove that his bat upgrade is worth the defense downgrade vs Gardner. Anyway, the other lineup change is that with Lester pitching, Girardi has moved Curtis Granderson to the 9th spot in the lineup.

Hughes Excels in Extended Spring Game

Yesterday Phil Hughes threw the equivalent of 8 and 1/3 innings in a simulated Spring Training game. Hughes allowed 3 hits to assorted Yankee prospects and struck out 12 while throwing 70 strikes and only 30 balls. Now what does this mean? Well nothing really, the only purpose the game was to keep Hughes fresh and allow him to work on a few things if he needs to.

“Zen Baseball”

Benjamin Kabak over at RAB wrote a nice article about what he calls “Zen Baseball”. Basically, what he is saying is that we as fans need to relax and enjoy baseball instead of worrying over it too much. I highly suggest reading the full post, maybe it will help you gain a better perspective.

4 thoughts on “Game 2: Yankees at Red Sox

  1. A lot of people predict the Sox to sweep this one but I strongly disagree. The Yankees won’t let this happen 2 seasons in a row. A.J. Burnett, The Buck Stops with him. Tonight we show why we are CHAMPIONS!

  2. Yankees-Red Sox is always a heavyweight fight! The Yankees got so many opportunities with RISP! I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt the Yankees in the end! I am passionate but I am not worried!

  3. The Yankees are winning 6-4! The Yankees got Mo in the bottom of the ninth! The Yankees will get their first win of the season! And no talk of going 0-8 to start the season! Just win series in the regular season!

  4. The Yankees got their first win of the season! Just win series in the regular season! The Yankees record is 1-1! No 0-8 start against the Red Sox to start the regular season in 2010!

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