Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38 in 2012)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (0-0)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jonny Gomez DH
Jackie Bradley LF
Jose Iglesias SS
LHP Jon Lester (9-14, 4.82 in 2012)
Lester vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Can’t imagine a better day for the opener. Temperatures in the high 50s. Little bit of wind blowing from right to left. Chance of rain later tonight, but right now it’s all blue skies.
UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Mike DiMuro, 3B Dan Bellino
THE BIG MAN: CC Sabathia is making his 10th Opening Day start, and his fifth for the Yankees. He’s the sixth pitcher in franchise history to start the opener five times, and the first since Ron Guidry made seven between the years of 1978 and 1986. Sabathia is 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA on Opening Day, including 0-1 with a 7.48 ERA with the Yankees.
THE NEW GUYS: The Yankees have only 11 actively players who were on last year’s Opening Day roster. They have 14 who were not with the team for last year’s opener.
RIVALRY RENEWED: The Yankees have opened against Boston on 30 previous occasions, going 18-11-1 (12-6-1 at home).
STREAKING: The Yankees have won 11 straight home season openers — first home game is also the first game of the season — dating to 1986. According to Elias, that ties the all-time Major League record also held by the Mets, who won 11 straight home season openers from 1971 to 1989.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: First roll call for both Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis. Both tipped their cap in response.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: One single and two strikeouts in a scoreless first inning for Sabathia.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Nunez ground ball to short. He’s out, but his helmet stayed on. Amazing.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Here’s a fun trivia question for August: How did the season’s first Yankees base runner reach base?
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Nunez’s throw is on the money, but it’s not in time to get the out at second. The Red Sox 6, 7, 8, 9 hitters have each reached base to score a run and put Boston in front, 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Two-run single by Victorino makes it 3-0 in the second.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: And there’s an RBI single by Pedroia to make it 4-0.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Cervelli flies to reasonably deep center field. Is that the hardest hit ball the Yankees first time through the order?
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Really nice play by the kid Bradley.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: First extra-base hit of the year is a leadoff double by Youkilis in the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Cervy! Two-out, two-run single by Francisco Cervelli has pulled the Yankees within 4-2 in the fourth. Who needs Russell Martin???
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Considering Sabathia’s outing, and how much worse it might have been, the Yankees seem lucky to be trailing by only two at this point. It’s 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Well, here’s Phelps. So I wonder if that means Hughes pitched well today and will start Saturday. I noticed Phelps listed as a reliever on the lineup card, but I figured that was a just-in-case kind of thing.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Phelps allows a leadoff triple, but gets back-to-back ground balls — including a 5-2 out at the plate — and gets out of the inning unharmed.
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Well, the Yankees used a total of two pinch hitters and saw a total of five pitches in the sixth inning. Needless to say, they’re still losing.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: In case everyone else caught on before most of the writers, Phelps would still be on normal rest Saturday. I’m just an idiot, that’s all.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: Down three, Cano at the plate with two on in the seventh. This is the ball game, right? Either Cano wins it here, or the Yankees lose?
UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Yankees get the tying run to the plate with no outs in the seventh. Nunez, Cano and Youkilis each strike out. Down 5-2 as Shawn Kelley makes his Yankees debut in the eighth.