Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 in 2009)
Career vs. Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Cameron CF
Marco Scutaro SS
RHP Josh Beckett (17-6, 3.86 in 2009)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m./YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: Take the weather in Tampa and ship it north. It’s a really nice night here in Boston with no chance of rain. A great way to open the season.
UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Rob Drake
NOT THEIR FIRST TIME: The Yankees are 18-10-1 in 29 previous Opening Day games against Boston. The one tie was in 1910 because of darkness. The Yankees haven’t opened a season at Fenway since 1985, which is also the last time the Red Sox beat the Yankees in a season opener.
ON HOLIDAY: The Yankees have played at Fenway Park on Easter one other time in the past 50 years (a 5-4 Yankees loss in 2001). The Yankees have also opened on Easter one other time in the past 50 years (swept in a doubleheader against the White Sox in 1982).
WITHIN REACH: Jorge Posada needs one doubles to tie Billy Dickey (343) for eighth place on the Yankees all-time doubles list… Alex Rodriguez needs one home run to pass Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s all-time home run list with 584… A four-hit day would give Rodriguez 1,000 hits as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Curtis Granderson’s first game as a Yankee in Fenway Park, he records the Yankees first out on a fly ball to center.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Hip hip!
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: And now Granderson. It’s 2-0 Yankees on back-to-back homers. By the way, that was Posada’s fourth opening day homer, the most on the current Yankees roster. It was Granderson’s second.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Not sure what you’ll make of this stat, but Granderson is the first Yankee to homer in his first at-bat with the team since Cody Ransom in 2008.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: The entire crowd and probably half of the press box — including me — thought Beltre’s sac fly was on its way out of the park.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Elias says Posada and Granderson are the first Yankees to go back-to-back on Opening Day since Dave Winfield and Steve Kemp in 1983. They hit theirs off Gaylord Perry.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Is the Finger Tip Touch going to be a thing between Granderson and Swisher? He’s the AP shot of the post-homer celebration.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Did Rodriguez just redeem himself for that double play ball in the top of the inning? Miiiight have been safe, but let’s ignore that fact. As Sam just said, tie goes to the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Didn’t the Red Sox focus on defense this offseason? I’m not sure throwing to second with Gardner at third was the smartest move.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Lefty out of the bullpen to face Granderson. First of many.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: The left-on-left worked. And it will probably work again at some point.
UPDATE, 10:09: Gardner doesn’t have the strongest arm in the world, but he’s usually pretty accurate. That was not his best work. It’s now 5-2 Yankees and the past three Red Sox have connected for two-out hits.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Situations like that, it’s nice to have Sabathia on the mound. That was a nice pitch to get Ellsbury and get out of the jam.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: After that lead-off walk to Pedroia, Dave Robertson is getting loose in the Yankees pen.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Credit Nick Swisher with the Kevin Youkilis triple. It would have been a two-run double anyway, but it certainly looked worse to see the ball roll to the fence like that. Things have gotten dicey.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Nice job by Cano to make sure Youkilis wouldn’t score. I wonder if a younger second baseman might have panicked and thrown home, or forgotten about the runner altogether and thrown to first too early. Here comes Robertson.
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: The moral of this game might be that it’s always nice to have a really good defensive team, but it is also very nice to have a very good offensive team.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: Chan Ho Park was unhitable this spring. The spring is clearly over.
UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Might have been a cross up there, but Posada still got a glove on the ball. Losing a lead on a passed ball is a pretty brutal way to go.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: There’s your game. Started exactly the way the Yankees would have wanted, but the bullpen gave it up and the Red Sox had enough offense to get the 9-7 win.