RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.92)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (5-6)
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
RHP John Lackey (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
Lackey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, YES Network, FS1 and WFAN
WEATHER: Picture perfect. Temps in the 60s on a bright, sunny day.
UMPIRES: HP John Tumpane, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Brian Gorman
SIX INNING MARKER: The Yankees are 5-0 this season when leading after six innings and 0-6 when tied or trailing after six.
QUALITY STARTERS: Yankees pitchers are averaging 8.91 K/game and 2.27 BB/game so far this season. They have struck out at least 12 batters in each of the last three games.
BEST LINEUP?: Interestingly, three of the four active Yankees with the best career numbers vs. Lackey are not in the starting lineup: Francisco Cervelli (.600), Derek Jeter (.294) and Ichiro Suzuki (.292). Carlos Beltran is looking for his first career hit against Lackey (0-for-9).
NOTE: I’ll be updating here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join the conversation!
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: After a two-out bunt single up the third base line by Ellsbury, Beltran makes his first career hit off of Lackey count. He hung an 0-2 pitch over the middle of the plate and Beltran put it in the right field seats. 2-0 Yanks.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: That lead didn’t last long. Kuroda served up a two-run shot to Pierzynski in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: McCann makes use of the short porch in right for his first homer as a Yankee, and then Soriano makes it back-to-back with an opposite field shot to right-center. All of the Yankees runs have come via the long ball. Feels like old times. 4-2.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: The Bronx Bombers are back, baby. And the new guys are making some major contributions today. After a leadoff double from Beltran in the sixth, McCann unloads on his second homer of the game to right-center to extend the lead to 6-2. That’ll do it for Lackey after giving up a two-out single to Solarte (which broke an 0-for-11 streak for the rookie third baseman).
UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: The Red Sox get two runs back in the seventh on Carp’s two-out, two-run single, but he gets caught stealing with the go-ahead run at the plate to end the inning. Kuroda was taken out with one out. His final line: 6.1 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 97 pitches (59 strikes). Yankees lead 6-4.