Good afternoon and welcome to Legends Field. It’s 76 degrees and windy as the Yankees and Red Sox get together for their only meeting this spring.
It’ll be Andy Pettitte against Bartolo Colon.
Please ignore any Red Sox trolls who decide to make comments. If you do respond, use multi-syllabic words. That will confuse them.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, by the way. My maternal grandfather, Kershaw Heywood, was Irish and loved his sports. I suspect he would be pleased I’m sitting here at a baseball game and getting paid for it.
Andy Pettitte got Lugo to ground to short and then struck out Pedroia and Ortiz.
The Yankees now lead 4-0. Colon loaded the bases with two outs before Hideki Matsui doubled down the left-field line. Robbie Cano followed with a two-run single to left.
Hmm, Bartolo Colon might not be such a great find after all. He was just lifted after walking his third batter of the inning. Three walks, three hits and a 4-0 lead for the Yankees. Julian Tavarez on to pitch now.
Another strong inning for Pettitte as he worked around a two-out walk of Varitek.
Tavarez hit Jeter in the elbow with a pitch in the bottom of the inning. Abreu followed with a home run into the stands in right field. 6-0 Yankees.
Giambi doubled and scored on a single by Matsui (2 for 2, 3 RBI). Now 7-0. This is the worst St. Paddy’s Day in Boston since the Great Green Beer Shortage of 1972.
Johnny Damon lost a ball in the sun that fell in for a double and led to a run. A wild pitch scored another. But Pettitte ended the inning by picking off Pedroia and striking out Ortiz. The first pitch to Big Papi was a chest-high inside fastball. Then he fanned him him something down and away. Pretty slick. 7-2 Yankees.
1-2-3 for Tavarez. Pettitte allowed a wind-blown HR by Youkilis before Lowell flew deep to left.
That was it for the big lefty. His line: 3.1 3 3 3 2 3. One WP, one HR, 65 pitches/36 strikes. All in all, a solid day for him.
Heath Phillips allowed a run on three hits. 7-4. Lease an apartment, Billy Traber.
Abreu (2 for 2 with a walk) doubled and scored to make it 8-4. No nonsense manager Joe Girardi is now doing an inning live for YES.
Jon Albaledejo pitching now.