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Running Blog Of MLB’s 2010 Opening Night: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Baseball season begins tonight. Taunting between Yankees and Red Sox fans never ceases

The months of January and February are usually tough times for me. There’s little football and college basketball season is still developing, but no baseball is worst of all. But baseball is back tonight with the typical Yankees-Red Sox season opener. Yeah, the Yankees are my team, but the first game of any baseball season is a very special occasion. On this special night, follow along with this running blog of in MLB’s round one of a scheduled 2,430

4:45 p.m. Spring training has passed by relatively quickly this year, but I am so amped up for this game tonight, the last three or four hours have been torturous. We’re about 25 minutes away from first pitch, but that is probably going to feel like half a day.

4:48 p.m. Statistically, Mike Cameron, David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro have hit CC Sabathia well in his career, but it’s the start of a new season. Throw most of the numbers out the window.

4:50 p.m. So of course, here is some more meaningless stats: Red Sox haven’t won on opening day (or night) against the Yankees since 1985 and New York is 16-10-1 all-time in openers against Boston. Josh Beckett has a 5.33 career ERA versus the Yankees, his second-worst mark against any team that he’s pitched at least 40 innings against.

4:57 p.m. TEN MINUTES!

4:58 p.m. This pregame has had all the fixings: F-16s, ESPN’s shameless self-promotion, a boring Curt Schilling, and LeBron James and Dr. Dre selling headphones. That’s what opening night is all about.

4:59 p.m. Nomar Garciaparra picks Boston to make the World Series. There’s a stunner.

5:00 p.m. Nick Johnson will bat second, which I think is perfect for him. It also takes some pressure off of Curtis Granderson, who will bat sixth. He’s playing center field for the Yankees. There is no doubt he is feeling the pressure.

5:02 p.m. Before the end of the season, the Yankees may have to do something to upgrade their corner outfield positions. I don’t think Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher will do enough for the team not to bring in a bigger name to replace them at some point.

5:03 p.m. On Baseball Tonight leading up to this game, LeBron James said that the Yankees will win (another stunner), but that if they lose, “the season’s still early.”

Oh, I don’t know. The Red Sox’s magic number would be 160. I don’t think the Yankees can make up that valuable lost ground in just 161 games.

5:05 p.m. Watching Orel Hershiser, what is Steve Phillips thinking right now?

5:08 p.m. It’s first pitch time! For the Yankees and Red Sox, settle in for about four hours of beautiful baseball action.

5:10 p.m. Derek Jeter steps in and HERE WE GO!!!


5:12 p.m. ESPN unveiled its new baseball on-screen score box during a spring training game last week and I don’t get it. How is this an improvement at all. And I like how the box has moved from the upper-left to the upper-right and to the lower-right corner through the years. Give it about three more years; ESPN will move the box to the lower-left corner  with no upgrades and just some shinier colors.

5:14 p.m. Back to the game, a nice first for Beckett. He threw just seven pitches as the Yankees were very aggressive to start.

5:16 p.m. THE EAGLES AGREE TO TRADE DONOVAN MCNABB TO THE REDSKINS?!?! Two quick things: Why trade him inside your own division? And secondly, can some tell the NFL to stop trying to steal baseball’s thunder!

5:18 p.m. The NFL just had to sneak in the biggest news of its offseason before Tiger Woods and college basketball tries to do its best to obscure what is still the real baseball opening day. Shame, shame.

5:21 p.m. Sabathia has a clean first inning. So far, it looks much better than his other opening-day start for the Yanks.

5:24 p.m. Yes, as Joe Morgan has described, Alex Rodriguez is a good player.

5:25 p.m. There’s some of that Red Sox defense as Kevin Youkilis makes a nice pick to save an error for Beckett.

5:27 p.m. McNabb’s presence in Washington means not only bad things for Jason Campbell, but a couple of the QBs — Sam Bradford, Jimmy Claussen — who the Redskins were rumored to be looking at.

5:28 p.m. Jorge Posada hits a Fenway homer, right off the Pesky Pole for the first run of 2010.

5:30 p.m. Joe Morgan says that wouldn’t have been a home run in “most” parks. What insight.

5:31 p.m. THAT BALL by Granderson would have gone out in EVERY park. 2-0, Yankees and my fantasy team is off to a good start.

5:34 p.m. Back-to-back singles by Swisher and Gardner, both coming on some flat, dull pitches.

5:38 p.m. So Beckett evens out a seven-pitch first with a 29-pitch second and the Yankees lead 2-0 headed to the bottom of the second. Do I need to even say that CC isn’t going to throw a shutout either?

5:39 p.m. The Eagles will reportedly deal McNabb for a second-round pick in this year’s draft along with a third- OR a fourth-round pick next year. I know McNabb is going to turn 34 this fall and he was due more than $11 million by May, but it just doesn’t seem worth it for the Eagles. Especially for them to send him to a division rival!

5:41 p.m. And I like Kevin Kolb, but … whatever, nevermind. Let’s  care about only baseball for a little bit, can we (or me)?

5:43 p.m. The Red Sox REALLY need David Ortiz to play like he did after June last season for all of this season. One reason I picked Boston to finish third in the AL East is because they don’t have enough big bats to keep up among a division filled with them. Even Baltimore has an extremely dangerous lineup.

5:47 p.m. That ball was hit well by Beltre, but I thought it was absolutely gone. Granderson then played the ball into a more difficult play than it needed to be. Youkilis scores. 2-1, Yankees.

5:49 p.m. ESPN can advertise all the games on its networks tomorrow, but nothing tops MLB.tv. As if I really needed to reduce my productivity.

5:53 p.m. Boston is a great city, but structurally, it’s extremely unfriendly to the physically disabled. Do we really need all of these stairs?

5:54 p.m. Hey, Cody Ransom has feelings too, Jon.

5:55 p.m. Nick Johnson has a career .402 OBP. At bats like that one is why he’s batting second. The Yankees will probably move Granderson to second in the lineup with Johnson inevitably heads to the DL.

5:58 p.m. Getting ready to eat an Easter ham with deviled eggs and steamed broccoli. Good times.

5:59 p.m. Beckett gets out of the innings unharmed after two long at bats versus Johnson and Teixeira.

6:01 p.m. If only Evan Longoria did jump out of a plane without a parachute, the AL East would become much easier to win.

6:05 p.m. Cameron ventures too far off the bag and gets doubled off. My posting may go down just a bit over the next few minutes as I try to type and eat at the same time.

6:08 p.m. Hahahaha! Joe Morgan doesn’t think CC looks better than he looked opening day last season. By the end of three innings last season, Sabathia had allowed three hits, two walks, two wild pitches and three runs.

6:11 p.m. What is LeBron doing hanging out with Dr. Dre? LeBron is an East Coast guy! He’s going to rekindle that East Coast-West Coast feud!!!

6:12 p.m. If I wasn’t doing this blog, I would probably be scoring the game too.

6:13 p.m. Granderson gets a little overanxious and grounds out to first, stranding Cano still at third. I NEEDED THAT RBI FOR MY FANTASY TEAM!

6:17 p.m. C’mon, it’s the first game of the year — put down the squeeze!

6:20 p.m. It would be a disappointment if the Yankees can’t score here, but at least Gardner is having a long at bat with eight pitches.

6:21 p.m. And the Yankees do score as Gardner lines one into left, over Scutaro’s head. 3-1, New York.

6:22 p.m. Jeter then squeaks one past Scutaro. Swisher scores and Gardner goes to third easily. 4-1, Yankees.

6:24 p.m. Scott Schoeneweis is warming up in the bullpen. I guess I’m glad to see him in the majors, but after what he said a couple of weeks ago, I wish he would just take some time to take care of himself and his family.

6:25 p.m. I love Victor Martinez, but he is not a good defensive catcher. Not only did he never look at Gardner, his wind up to throw was so slow, he would have had no chance at Jeter. So, Gardner steals home and the Yankees now lead, 5-1 going to the bottom of the fourth.

6:28 p.m. Beckett throws 74 pitches through four innings. Given that it’s the first game of the year, he may have two innings left at the max.

6:30 p.m. That looks like a tie to me. Tie should go to the runner and Pedroia should be safe. Instead, it’s one hell of a play be Teixeira and Sabathia.

6:31 p.m. Sliding head first is faster than feet first, but running through the bag if you can is still the fastest way.

6:33 p.m. Everyone said how Baylor vs. UCONN would be for the best for women’s college basketball. That’s true, but since it’s going up against the Yankees vs. Red Sox, no one is going to watch it anyway.

6:36 p.m. Schoeneweis would probably come in if Granderson and Swisher came up this inning.

6:41 p.m. Nice play by Drew to bare-hand that ball bounce off the base of the wall. Even if Cano was running all out, I still don’t think Cano would have made it into second. At least, he wouldn’t have made it there easily.

6:43 p.m. This probably isn’t the Red Sox and Beckett had hoped for. He is up to 20 pitches before this full-count deal to Posada.

6:45 p.m. He walks Posada and as expected, Schoeneweis is coming in for Granderson. Beckett: 4.2 innings, eight hits and three walks. At least five earned runs — with two other possible runs on base — and just one strikeout.

6:48 p.m. I would really enjoy it if the broadcast team doesn’t hit on Schoeneweis’ tragedy last year.

6:50 p.m. No such luck.

6:50 p.m. Granderson starts off this season with more troubles against lefties as he strands what will be two important runs. This game is going to be close soon enough.

6:53 p.m. With 60 pitches through four, Sabathia probably has two good innings left, maybe three if he can work quickly through the order.

6:54 p.m. And for the first time this season, I will say … good pace to this game. Good pace. Bottom five and this game is 105 minutes old.

6:55 p.m. Brett Gardner becomes the first player to steal home on opening day  since Mike Bordick?! Mike Bordick stole home? He had only 96 stolen bases in 14 seasons. And looking at his stats, he looks like another light steroid candidate. I’m not sure if he was named at any point, but those 1998-2000 seasons look suspicious.

7:01 p.m. Cameron singles to left and the Red Sox have a bit of a rally going here for the first time since the second.

7:03 p.m. Scutaro singles to left, which scores Drew. Then Gardner throws a whiffle ball past home and now it’s second and third with two outs. Boston closes the gap to 5-2.

7:05 p.m. Ellsbury frozen by the curveball and Sabathia works out of the jam. 5-2, New York at the end of the fifth.

7:08 p.m. Man, I think that ham has made me a bit sleepy.

7:10 p.m. Regrettably, I have never been to Fenway Park, but I’ve heard it would be a tough place for me to watch a game with the poles in the way and the really small seats.

7:12 p.m. Schoeneweis does his job very nicely — that has to feel great for him. In comes Ramon Ramirez to face Jeter.

7:15 p.m. Jeter probably hates “Jete.” It’s a stupid nickname.

7:17 p.m. Motoring along into the bottom of the sixth, this is a crucial inning for the Red Sox. It’s probably CC’s last and the heart of their order is due up.

7:20 p.m. Sabathia threw 11 balls in 25 pitches last inning and he starts this inning with a five-pitch walk to Pedroia.

7:23 p.m. Here we go. Martinez doubles down the left-field line. Sabathia has just looked of for most of the past three innings.

7:26 p.m. I would figure that Sabathia will stay in to face Ortiz.

7:27 p.m. Youkilis goes the other way with the 3-1 offering, Swisher misplays it into a triple and now it’s 5-4 with the tying run on third and still nobody out. Ortiz will be Sabathia’s last batter.

7:28 p.m. You have to challenge Ortiz with the fastball.

7:30 p.m. Like that. A fastball breaks Ortiz’s bat and keeps Youkilis at third for now. David Robertson coming in.

7:31 p.m. Sabathia’s line: 5.1 innings, six hits, two walks, four runs — one runner is still his responsibility — and four strikeouts. 46 of his 104 pitches were balls.

7:33 p.m. Beltre ties the game with a sharp single to center. Beckett is now off the hook and really, who didn’t expect this? If you didn’t, you’re an idiot.

7:35 p.m. After what David Robertson did late last season, he has moved from mop-up duty into a key setup role. He gets Cameron to ground out to third to end the sixth, but we are all tied, 5-5, entering the seventh.

7:40 p.m. Of course, the Yankees came right back. Here comes Hideki Okajima to try stop the rally. In the battle of the bullpens, the advantage goes to the Yankees.

7:43 p.m. Damn, Monday is going to be a fun sports day. You’ve got MLB opening day along with the NBA and NHL standard fare. Add in the college basketball title game, McNabb reaction and the Tiger Woods press conference … wow.

7:44 p.m. Pedroia still would have had Teixeira at the plate. Pedroia played back, but Teixeira got a horrible jump.

7:45 p.m. RBI single for Posada right up the middle. 7-5, Yankees and suddenly, LeBron James might be a psychic. This is what he predicted in the pregame.

7:47 p.m. But with these teams, this game isn’t going to end 7-5.

7:48 p.m. That Masters ad should have put Tiger Woods in the center flanked by a couple of porn babes.

7:50 p.m. Nice turn by Pedroia for the double play. Yankees back up, 7-5, heading to the bottom of the seventh.

7:51 p.m. Well, hello, pretty lady. What’s your name?? I mean, other than “Tyler.”

7:54 p.m. For as much fun I’ve had at Chan Ho Park’s expense for most of the past 10 years, he is a great addition to the Yankees’ bullpen.

7:58 p.m. This is exactly how the Yankees want to set it up. Park for the seventh, Chamberlain in the eighth leading to Rivera in the ninth.

7:59 p.m. But that’s not how the Yankees wanted to set it up. Pedroia crushes one into the Monster seats and we are tied again, 7-7.

8:04 p.m. I look at this Red Sox lineup and say if you can avoid Pedroia, Martinez and Youkilis, you can do OK. But Pedroia and Youkilis have done a lot of damage tonight. Marte coming into face Ortiz after a poor debut from Park.

8:08 p.m. Again, you have to bust Ortiz inside with hard staff. That sounds dirty, but the first two pitches from Marte have been soft and outside.

8:10 p.m. What an implosion by the Yankees bullpen. Marte out and here comes yet another pitcher. Can Joba Chamberlain get this game to the eighth with only a one-run deficit?

8:13 p.m. By the way … WE ARE OVER THREE HOURS!!!

8:15 p.m. Cano played that ball scared, but he gets the force out and it is 8-7, Boston, entering the top of the eighth.

8:19 p.m. Bard is the one guy I trust out of Boston’s bullpen other than Papelbon. Okajima and Delcarmen and others need to rebound after some below-average 2009 seasons.

8:22 p.m. Pardon me while I wait for something to happen in this game.

8:24 p.m. Jeter bailed Bard out on that 3-1 pitch. He grounded out on a ball. It should be first and second with one out.

8:27 p.m. Bard breaks Teixeira’s bat to end the inning. And I immediately turned the channel when I heard that Neil Diamond was going to sing “Sweet Caroline.” That is a wretched piece of music.

8:30 p.m. Is it over yet? Thank God.

8:32 p.m. “The Red Sox would be wise to score some more if they can do it.” No, I think they want to head to the bottom of the ninth with the slimmest lead possible. You know, to make it interesting.

8:35 p.m. Cano just can’t reach anything going to his right tonight. He may not have been able to make the ball, but he can’t even get a grip on balls headed that direction. You saw that again on Cameron’s single.

8:36 p.m. Girardi may say he’s not sure if Joba is the eighth-inning man, but trust me, he’s sure. This is the best spot for Chamberlain right now.

8:40 p.m. More scared pitching by the Yankees’ bullpen right there, this time by Chamberlain. Red Sox have two on with one out and Ellsbury coming to bat.

8:43 p.m. Pedroia comes up with another timely hit, slapping this one to right field, scoring Cameron from second and giving the Red Sox a huge run. 9-7.

8:48 p.m. Here comes Papelbon to try to shut it down. Jon Miller just had to sneak in that “Shipping Up To Boston” reference. Cute.

8:51 p.m. This Boston defense hasn’t had any exceedingly difficult plays to make tonight, but it’s certainly lived up to the billing. The Yankees’ bullpen, which is better than the Red Sox’s, did not. 2.2 innings, six hits, three earned runs, two walks, one strikeout and two wild pitches.

8:53 p.m. Posada keeps the game alive with his third hit.

8:55 p.m. And that’s it. Papelbon shuts the door and Boston wins, 9-7.

8:56 p.m. Nice job by Boston to fight back. Their bullpen was clearly the difference.

8:57 p.m. For the Yankees, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE YANKEES? The bullpen can’t get anyone out and Teixeira is still hitless this season. OH NO, IT’S TIME TO PANIC IN THE BRONX! With the division obviously out of their reach now, how will the Yankees react?

9:00 p.m. OK, I’ll let the season play out. It is only ONE GAME, right? Thanks for following along tonight! Good night and merry baseball season!!!!

  1. April 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    That fan throwing up the middle finger to Swisher as he approached the fence is a douche.

    But that was funny.

    • spokes310
      April 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Damn! I totally missed it.

  2. Melissa
    April 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Next time, can we get less commentary on the game and more on Neil Diamond? Thanks

    • spokes310
      April 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      Unless Neil Diamond develops a 95-MPH fastball to go with a biting slider, you’ll get nothing.
      Where is that button that allows me to ban certain commenters?

      • April 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

        BAN THE IP!

        Also: I really didn’t think I could hate Sweet Caroline any more.

        Then they go and do something like that.

  3. Melissa
    April 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Padrick, don’t speak when you’re not spoken to. Also, chose one identify and stick with it.

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