“I don’t want guys going out and doing something crazy (tonight) so they miss six weeks of the season,” Joe Girardi said. “Go out and do what you’re supposed to do, stay within yourself and see where the chips fall. I don’t particularly want Jeet jumping into the stands head-first.”
There won’t be any iconic moment tonight, but it will be a televised night game between the biggest rivals in the sport. Even if you might not recognize all the players on the field, you’ll surely recognize the uniforms.
“I’m sure there will be a different excitement level in the stands,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it will feel a little bit different, but I’m not so sure our players will get too caught up with it. I try to tell them not to get too caught up in it during the season. You have to go out and play.”
The Red Sox have already announced their lineup for tonight’s game.As you might expect, it’s pretty light on regulars. Lefty Felix Doubront gets the start for Boston against Ivan Nova, and although Girardi said he understands the desire to hold back a little bit when playing divisional opponents in spring training, he said there’s only so much you can keep secret.
“There’s a lot of things we might not necessarily do,” Girardi said. “But in the game today, you can only have so many things that you’re going to run. A football team can come up with trick plays that you’ve never seen before. Offensively, there aren’t a whole lot of trick plays that we can come up with that haven’t been seen before. You might run some pickoff plays, but you know that if you run it against another team in spring training, somebody will see it and tell your opponents.”
The Yankees haven’t announced their lineup for tonight, but here’s Boston’s:
Mike Aviles SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Lars Anderson 1B
Juan Carlos Linares CF
Josh Kroeger RF
Alex Hassan LF
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