Amidst the festivities involved with the Sunday night opener, the Red Sox put together a dramatic rally from four runs down, scoring eight times between the fifth and eighth innings.
The 9-7 triumph included a monstrous game for both Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, who combined for five extra-base hits and five RBIs.
There figures to be a little less pomp and circumstance in this one, but there will be another fine pitching matchup with Jon Lester and A.J. Burnett on the mound.
The Sox took the season opener on Sunday to improve to 25-8 against the Yankees in the month of April since the start of the 2002 season.
New York led 5-1 and 7-5 on Sunday before its bullpen faltered.
Although he was unofficially given the No. 2 tag in the Red Sox rotation, Lester is on several preseason watch lists for the Cy Young award. He has won 31 total games the last two seasons but appears primed for his best season yet.
Lester is 3-1 with a 3.88 ERA lifetime against New York.
Befitting his up-and-down nature, Burnett had some horrid starts against the Red Sox last season before tossing a gem in his final matchup with Boston late in the season.
In 12 career starts versus the Sox, he is 5-2 with a 4.23 ERA.
|Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, C
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Cameron, CF
Marco Scutaro, SS
|Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Johnson, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Nick Swisher, RF
Marcus Thames, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Lester has usually had good success against the Yankees. You never quite know what you’re going to get with Burnett. If both are on their game, this figures to be a bit different than the 16-run, 24-hit affair we saw on Sunday.
Then again, you never quite know what you’re going to get with the Sox and Yanks as well.