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Gameday Post #8: Yankees at Boston Red Sox

No one wants to fall victim to a team’s first win, especially when that team is not only 0-6 but also your chief rival. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to the Yankees Friday afternoon in losing 9-6 to the Red Sox in Fenway. Phil Hughes struggled much worse in his second start of the season, allowing six runs in only two innings. It’s clear that the lack of velocity and command has hurt his performance so far. The offense did the best it could off of John Lackey. Alex Rodriguez hit his 3rd HR of the young season, and Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner added multi-hit games. Bartolo Colon pitched well in long relief, allowing one earned run and striking out five in 4 1/3 innings. But once again, it was Hughes’ poor performance that cost the Yankees a win and ended the Sox’ worst start to a season since 1945.

Ivan Nova will get the start in today’s 1:10 matinee as he tries to get the Yankees back on track. He will go up against Boston hurler Clay Buchholz.

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A.L. EAST STANDINGS

Baltimore……………5-1

Toronto……………..5-2 (0.5 GB)

NEW YORK…………4-3 (1.5 GB)

Boston……………….1-6 (4.5 GB)

Tampa Bay………….1-6 (4.5 GB)

DATE: Saturday, April 8th

TIME: 1:10pm

TV/RADIO: FOX, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

NYY: Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

BOS: Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.68 ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Ivan Nova (NYY): Nova, who earned a win in a six-inning outing against the Twins, will face a different test against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Nova started once against the Red Sox last year — and allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Nova vs. Red Sox

Clay Buchholz (BOS): Buchholz will try to rebound from his loss in Texas, when he surrendered four solo home runs. Now, he will go up against a tough Yankees’ lineup. Lifetime against New York, he is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in five starts.

Buchholz vs. Yankees

LINEUPS

Yankees (4-3)

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Swisher RF

Granderson CF

Chavez DH

Martin C

Red Sox (1-6)

Crawford LF

Pedroia 2B

Gonzalez 1B

Youkilis 3B

Ortiz DH

Drew RF

Lowrie SS

Saltalamacchia C

Ellsbury CF

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 1-5, RBI — 68 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: DNP — 37 saves from 600, 39 saves from all time record

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