Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32 in 2012)
RED SOX (1-0)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Daniel Nava DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Shane Victorino RF
Jackie Bradley LF
Jose Iglesias SS
Clay Buchholz (11-8, 4.56 in 2012)
Buchholz vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: The sun is shining, but it’s pretty damn cold out. These are the nights that make me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to make the press box open.
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Mike DiMuro, 2B Dan Bellino, 3B Ted Barrett
NEW KIDS IN THE BRONX: In Monday’s Opening Day loss to the Red Sox, six players made their Yankees debut (Ben Francisco, Shawn Kelley, Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis), marking the most Yankees debuts in any single game since the very first game the franchise played as the Highlanders on April 22, 1903.
POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees went homerless on Monday, breaking their all-time MLB record streak of homering in 14 consecutive Opening Days (1999-2012).
(I’ll be updating what’s going on in the game here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join in the conversation!)
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: The Red Sox picked up three hits off of Kuroda — including an RBI single from Saltalamacchia — in a shaky first inning. The Yanks put two on in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn’t capitalize.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: After hitting his second batter of the inning to force in a run and give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the second, Kuroda has been pulled for Cody Eppley. A liner from Shane Victorino to begin the inning appeared to graze Kuroda’s throwing hand, prompting the trainers to come out and take a look. They left him in at the time, but four batters later, he’s gone. I’ll update when we get word on what the official reason is for the early exit.
UPDATE, 8:28 P.M.: We just received official word that Kuroda has a contusion in his right middle finger. He’ll get an X-ray tonight. In the meantime, Eppley was pulled after allowing two runs in the third. Adam Warren came in and promptly allowed a two-run single to Ellsbury. Sox now lead 6-0. It’s not looking good.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: One positive for the Yankees. Hafner went deep into the Yankees bullpen in the fourth to cut the deficit to 6-1. Good to see him show some of the power that the Yanks are longing for in his first start.