Sunday, April 12, 2015

Game Preview: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees 4/12

Done are the 19 inning affairs from Friday night and no longer is Alex Rodriguez playing first base and cleaning up for the Yankees. It's a new day and it's a night game tonight at the Bronx that showcases the New York Yankees playing host to the Boston Red Sox on ESPN's first Sunday Night Baseball game of the season. Tonight we are in for a treat, as long as you watch the game on mute, as Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound for his second start of the season as he faces off against Clay Buchholz for the Boston Red Sox. The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.

  • Tanaka lasted just 82 pitches and four innings on Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays in a start that did not go as planned. Tanaka threw just 27 fastballs in the contest and saw his velocity dip as expected since he relied heavily on his offspeed pitches. Tanaka faces off with a Boston Red Sox team that hit him well in 2014 as Tanaka went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA last season. 

  • Buchholz had a great start on Opening Day that was aided by a Hanley Ramirez grand slam in a victory for Boston. Buchholz recorded nine strikeouts and allowed just three hits in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. In seven career starts at Yankee Stadium Buchholz has a 4-3 record in his career with a 4.05 ERA so let's hope her gives up at least that in this game tonight. 

It looks like it's going to be another late night for us Yankees family so you may want to get that coffee or that Monster energy drink ready for the grind that is Monday morning. The Yankees head to Baltimore after this series so a win would be great, let's take care of that on national TV. Go Yankees!!!

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