Hello, hello. Stephen Haynes here to type to you during tonight's game. There'll be updates following each frame (two per inning).
If the records matter (they don't), the Red Sox are alone in first place at 1-0 and the Yankees are tied for last with the Blue Jays at 0-1 in the American League East.
Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-4. The deciding run scored in the fifth when Nick Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in Jorge Posada from third and break a 4-4 tie. Robinson Cano's solo homer to right in the eighth created the final margin. With the win, the Yankees improved to 1-1 and the Red Sox fell to 1-1.
Cano was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk and Nick Swisher was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Alfredo Aceves earned the win in relief, pitching two scoreless, hitless innings after relieving A.J. Burnett in the sixth. In five innings, Burnett allowed four runs (three earned), seven hits and struck out five.
Hideki Okajimi took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth. Victor Matinez was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs and Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-5 with two runs. Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Bottom of the 9th
Mariano Rivera in to close. If you're wondering, Rivera, who's had his troubles with the Red Sox in the past, was 3-for-4 in save opportunities with a 2.84 ERA against Boston last season... Cameron popped up to shortstop. Scutaro drilled a double that one-hopped the wall in left. Ellsbury struck out looking on a cutter on the outside corner for the second out. Pedroia flew out to right for the final out. Yankees win, 6-4.
Top of the 9th
Atchison still pitching... Rodriguez flew out to the warning track in right for the first out and Cano hit one farther and hooked a little more toward the corner for a solo home run to give the Yankees a two-run lead. Cano turned on a slider down and in. Posada then struck out on a slider low and away. Swisher struck out looking on a breaking ball over the outside corner. 6-4, Yankees
Bottom of the 8th
Food for fodder, perhaps: Robertston starts the inning as Joba Chamberlain warms up. Chamberlain, as has been documented and discussed, performed poorly on Sunday... Youkilis singled to left and Robertston was pulled for lefty Damaso Marte, who entered to face David Ortiz. On a pickoff attempt (questionable, with Youkalis on base and Ortiz at bat), Marte threw wide to first, allowing Youkilis to move to second. Ortiz flew out to center. [With Adrian Beltre coming up, Marte is pulled for Chamberlain.] Beltre fanned on a 96 mph fastball that was low and about a foot off the outside corner (it had the location of a slider, actually). Chamberlain then struck Drew out on a tight slider, down and in to end the inning.
Top of the 8th
Hideki Okajimi, a lefty, is now pitching for the Sox... Posada led off with a ground rule double that bounced in the rightfield corner hopped over the short wall. Swisher, after an 11-pitch at-bat, grounded out sharply to shortstop. Brett Gardner blooped a single to short left field but Posada, waiting for the ball to drop, didn't advance from second. Granderson flew out to deep left for the second out. (David Robertston begins to warm in the bullpen) Jeter grounded to short, but Scutaro's throw short-hopped Youkilis, who couldn't make the scoop. With the bases loaded, Johnson worked a five-pitch walk to drive in Posada and give the Yankees the lead. [With that, Okajimi was pulled for righty Scott Atchison.] Teixeira ended the frame with a high fly ball to right. 5-4, Yankees
Bottom of the 7th
Another good inning for Aceves... Ellsbury grounded out to first, Pedroia flew out to center and Martinez flew out to left.
Top of the 7th
Another pitching change for Boston. Daniel Bard is now in... Johnson walked, but Teixeira flew out to left, Rodriguez struck out and Cano grounded out to second.
Bottom of the 6th
Alfredo Aceves came in to relieve Burnett, who finished with 94 pitches (58 strikes)... Beltre lined out to shortstop and Drew grounded out to first, but the inning was prolonged when Cameron reached on Jeter's errant throw (E6). Scutaro then grounded softly to third and Rodriguez threw to second for the force out.
Top of the 6th
Manny Delcarmen is now on the mound in relief of Lester, who threw 94 pitches... Swisher doubled off the wall in left and moved to third on Gardner's groundout to second. Granderson lined out to first and Jeter grounded out to shortstop.
Bottom of the 5th
After Ellsbury lined out to shortstop, Pedroia singled to right and Martinez drove him in with a double off the leftfield wall to tie the score. Youkilis and Ortiz struck out to end the inning. Tied, 4-4
Top of the 5th
Granderson singled to right, Jeter singled to left and Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Teixeira drove in Granderson with a fielder's choice grounder to third. Beltre attempted the 'round-the-horn double play, but Teixeira was called safe at first. Jeter was out at second. With runners at first and third, Rodriguez doubled off the Green Monster to score Johnson and tie the game. Teixeira moved to third and scored on Cano's sacrifce fly to center, giving the Yankees the lead. Posada lined out to left to end the frame. 4-3, Yankees
Bottom of the 4th
Beltre singled to center and, after Drew flew out to left, Burnett hit Mike Cameron with a pitch. He was able to escape unscathed, though, thanks to Scutaro's grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
Top of the 4th
Cano walked on six pitches, but Posada grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Swisher was hit in the right foot with a sinker, but Thames struck out to end the frame. Lester has thrown 75 pitches.
Bottom of the 3rd
The Red Sox retake the lead on Victor Martinez's two-run homer on a fastball down and in (it's become hackneyed, but that's a lefty hitter's wheelhouse). Ellsbury had doubled to start the inning then Pedroia lined out to center; Granderson made a diving catch. Burnett got out of the inning with strikeouts of Youkilis and Ortiz. 3-1, Red Sox
Top of the 3rd
Lester bounced back with a smooth third inning, getting Johnson to line out to right and Teixeira and Rodriguez to ground out.
Bottom of the 2nd
After Adrian Beltre singled, Burnett struck out J.D Drew and Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro popped out to first. Burnett rebounded from a tough first inning and through two, has thrown 40 pitches.
Top of the 2nd
Alex Rodriguez grounded back to Lester for the first out. Cano lined a single to centerfield and Jordge Posada drew a walk. With runners at first and second, Nick Swisher doubled down the rightfield line to score Cano with the tying run and put runners at second and third. Marcus Thames walked on five pitches to load the bases, but Granderson struck out and Jeter grounded out. The long inning pushed Lester's pitch count to 46. Tied, 1-1.
Bottom of the 1st
Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a bloop single to left-centerfield (it fell between Marcus Thames and Curtis Granderson). He then stole second and advanced to third on the errant throw. Dustin Pedroia lined out to second for the first out. Victor Martinez walked on six pitches and Kevin Youkilis drove in Ellsbury with a sacrifice fly to center. David Ortiz ended the inning with a groundout to second. 1-0, Red Sox
Top of the 1st
Easy, 1-2-3 inning for Jon Lester. He struck Derek Jeter out on a 95 mph fastball, got Nick Johnson to ground out to third and got Mark Teixeira looking on a fastball over the inside corner.