This was the concern, right? The offense looked flat, the pitching couldn’t pick up the slack, and the Yankees lost 8-2 on Opening Day. The Red Sox weren’t exactly rolling out a juggernaut lineup, but they more than doubled the Yankees hit total. Sabathia let Boston’s bottom four hitters reach base in the second inning, setting the stage for four runs that built a big, early lead. Sabathia was able to get out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but the damage was done, and his pitch count didn’t let him come out for the sixth. Sabathia has a 7.42 ERA in his five Opening Day starts with the Yankees. Francisco Cervelli drove in the Yankees only runs with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Down three in the seventh, the Yankees got the tying run to the plate with no outs, but Eduardo Nunez, Robinson Cano and Kevin Youkilis each struck out. The Red Sox added three insurance runs off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth.
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