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Yankees vs. Red Sox: Preview of Opening Night

Apr 4, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

sabathia beckett headshots.pngThe Yankees and Red Sox will open the 2010 baseball season this evening with a game under the lights at Fenway Park.  It will be televised on ESPN2, while women’s college basketball teams from UConn and Baylor duke it out on ESPN.  That’s a blog post for a different day.  Here’s a look at tonight’s projected starters and lineups:


On the hill: CC Sabathia

The big lefty finished 19-8 last year with a 3.37 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 34 starts, rewarding the Yankees for investing a monstrous contract in him during the 2009 offseason.  He’s the ace of baseball’s most successful franchise and will look to get off to a positive start in 2010.  Sabathia was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA against the Red Sox last season and held their powerful lineup to a .172 collective batting average.


SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Johnson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
LF Brett Gardner


On the hill: Josh Beckett

Beckett and the Red Sox are inching closer and closer to inking a four-year contract extension thought to be worth around $68 million, or about $17 million annually.  The 29-year-old was 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 199 strikeouts in 2009 and will try to put his value on display this evening against the Yankees.  He struggled against the Bombers last season, allowing 34 hits and 19 earned runs in five starts (32 innings).


LF Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
C Victor Martinez
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
3B Adrian Beltre
RF J.D. Drew
CF Mike Cameron
SS Marco Scutaro

There’s no shame in getting far too worked up for Opening Day.  It’s silly, sure, but it’s only natural.  The winter is long and rough in a lot of baseball cities and the arrival of the regular season tends to warm the soul, if not the actual ballparks in which over 2,500 games will be played during the next seven months.  Tonight, it all begins with a singular but intriguing matchup between two longtime rivals.  Let’s friggin’ do this.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Gee, are the Yankees and Red Sox playing tonight? There’s been absolutely no mention anywhere!

  2. Chipmaker - Apr 4, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Over 4500 games? Remember there’s two teams involved in each contest.

  3. Mr. Cub - Apr 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    That’s 4,500 games as defined by Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, who once purportedly uttered, “Let’s multiply each baseball game by two, and then subtract a few hundred games because of Sabremetrics equals 4,500 games, I think. Duh.”

  4. cgs - Apr 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    I always thought it was a little less than 2600 a season.
    162*16= 2592 games. With a max of 48 playoff games.

  5. Evan - Apr 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    the tampa bay rays will win this division and world serise we are pushing for a world seriese run this year

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