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Red Sox storm into first place, beat Yankees 8-2

Apr 1, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Jackie Bradley Jr. Getty Images

Jumping all over CC Sabathia, the Red Sox racked up 13 hits and eight walks to beat the Yankees 8-2 in Monday’s opener.

A typical Red Sox-Yankees game, it finished about an hour and a half later than the Nationals’ 2-0 win over the Marlins, which also started at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

The Red Sox scored four times off Sabathia in the second, leading the Yankees to get the bullpen active. Sabathia was able to stay in and hold the Red Sox scoreless through the fifth, but the Red Sox got to both David Phelps and Joba Chamberlain out of the pen. Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Iglesias collected three hits apiece for Boston, though none of Iglesias’s singles left the infield. 11 of Boston’s 13 hits were singles.

Jackie Bradley Jr., making his major league debut after a terrific spring, walked three times, scored twice, knocked in a run on a groundout and made a fantastic catch in left field to rob Robinson Cano of a double in the third.

While the Bombers got little going offensively today, their bigger concern has to be Sabathia’s diminished velocity. He was typically around 90 mph with his fastball, and he was forced to rely more on breaking balls and changeups as a result. It makes one wonder if he was going through his dead-arm period a bit later than most. The Yankees were protective of Sabathia this spring after October surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.

Besides the patience displayed by the bottom half of the lineup, the Red Sox had to be most encouraged about the showing of their pen today. Jon Lester left after striking out seven in five innings, and Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Joel Hanrahan combined to give up just one hit the rest of the way.

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  1. Stacey - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM


  2. 18thstreet - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Jackie Bradley, Jr., was awarded the win? And the save? And the Lady Bing Trophy?

    • gerryb323 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      He’s already got the ROY locked up and is looking to redeem Trout’s loss in the MVP for rookies everywhere.

  3. poprox13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    nothing better than opening day with a RedSox win and a Yankee loss!!!

  4. dondada10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM


  5. cur68 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Chamberlain’s ‘stache was in charge of his pitching. Man, it was awful.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Too bad Jackie didn’t knock that off.

  6. thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    So how long until the “Yankees Doom” people admit that “golly gee – maybe this team really isn’t very good?”


    • cur68 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      maybe this team really isn’t very good?”

      Perhaps you misunderstand the nature of us “Yankees(sic) Doom”. We DoomSayers have been saying exactly that all along. The Yankees Are Doomed.

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        I’m referring to the people that think the Yankees Doom is overblown. (Like in the posts Craig has written)
        Maybe, objectively, people just see a flawed roster that is too damn old to be competitive.

        I don’t know where this “every year people say the Yankees are in decline” thing comes from. This is the first year I have looked at the team and thought they were a .500 team. Usually, I think the Yankees will be a certain contender.

        To me, it appears Cashman is asleep at the wheel.

      • cur68 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Couldn’t tell that from your original comment, but sure. Still, lets not pin the whole season on one loss, eh? The Yankees will get better as the season goes on and they get key players back. This is as good as The Sox could ever hope to be. As the season and weather warms up, watch The Empire come alive and make us ALL regret writing them off. If I’m wrong about that last, then hey! Good news!

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      I think we should reserve judgment on the Yankees until they are more healthy. I think that once they get Teixeira, Jeter, Rodriguez, Granderson, etc back they could make a push for a playoff spot, provided they don’t dig themselves too big of a hole at the beginning of the year here. Right now however they are a mediocre ballclub.

      • hitdog042 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        You mean IF Tex returns before July and IF arod (who quite frankly isn’t that good anymore) ever returns and IF Jeter can even play SS w his ankle that is obviously giving him fits.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Yes, if, but as of now there haven’t been any indications from the Yankees or the players themselves that they won’t return on time.

  7. ienjoysensi - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Year of the sox . Was nice sitting at my desk watching the Red Sox smack the Yankees around . Yankees are going to have some serious pitching problems this year . Bullpen looks weak . On the other hand the Red Sox pen is stronger then it has been for quite some time .

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Are the Red Sox that strong or are the April Yankees that weak? I think that the result was more of a reflection on the beat up Yankee team.

      • hitdog042 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Pretty sure CC was perfectly healthy. No?

  8. thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    The Red Sox should be much better, especially if Lester is back to his old self.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Lester was OK, but he was very inefficient and had to leave after only 5 innings due to a high pitch count.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        More like “proudlyabuzzkill”.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    The Red Sox looked pretty good today. Very surprised.

    I’m still only expecting, at most, 70 more of these.

    But we shall see. At least there are a couple guys who will keep me interested.

  10. El Bravo - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    one game sample size fallacies everywhere.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Come on man…..clearly the Mets are World Series bound. 😉

  11. coloradostupid - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Now that’s more like it. You gotta love what you saw – a team effort – after 2 years, FINALLY!

  12. spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Before the Red Sox get too excited, they should remind themselves, this is one sorry Yankee line-up. Agreed the pen was impressive, but Lester was not, and against a real MLB line-up or a healthier Yankee one come June, Lester gets knocked around to a much greater degree than he did today.

    • spudchukar - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Regarding Bradley, he showed great patience and a darn good eye, and flashed some speed, but that was NOT a fantastic catch, off the bat of Cano. Good I will grant you, perhaps even very good, but he got spun around somewhat, and made the play tougher than it needed to be.

  13. aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    A nice start to the season for us Sox fans, but it’s still gonna be a loooong year.

    • badintent - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Buckey Dent hits the ball, it’s high and long, it could hit the Green Monster, no ! It’s over the wall for a 3 run homer and the Yankees take the lead…………………………………………….
      I’ll be back…………….Buckey Dent

      • buggieowens - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:04 AM

        Hey Rumpelstiltskin,
        you might want to wake up now…as you must have slept through 2004. And one more thing…who the hell is Buckey? I have heard of Bucky Dent, a name that no longer fazes Red Sox fans.

  14. Last Road Reviews - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    First place lol. A bit too early for any of that

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Tied with Houston.

  15. cmcgly - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Yeah this game may not mean too much, but this Red Sox team is already infinitely more fun to watch than the team last year at this time

  16. phillyphannn83 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Really Matt??? 161 games left and you’re already referencing who’s in 1st place?? I REALLY hope you’re being sarcastic, otherwise it’s just sad.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      This is indeed sad.

      So. Very. Sad.

  17. soxfan34110 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Did anyone happen to see JBJ today??? I hear he’s decent.

  18. theskinsman - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Maybe if Joba pulls his cap down half an inch lower,so it covers his eyes,he could hit the plate?? Watching that fool throw gas on the fire made it a great game to watch.
    It’s only one game.I hope Randy and ufy come off the ledge….

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