American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 20th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (7-6) at Boston Red Sox (4-8), 3:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Ivan Nova (2-0, 4.15)
Boston - Clay Buchholz (1-0, 9.82)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees renew one of the
greatest rivalries in sports this afternoon, but the focus will be on the
ballpark, as Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary.
"It's going to be fun," Boston's Dustin Pedroia said. "This ballpark's been
around 100 years, it's going to be an awesome time, it's going to be a great
game and I'm sure it's going to be great for the city, fans and everybody."
Today's matchup is the same as the one that christened the stadium 100 years
ago to the day, as Tris Speaker's 11th inning single carried the Red Sox that
afternoon to a win over the Yankees, who were then known as the Highlanders.
Both teams will wear replicas of the uniforms they wore in the inaugural game.
"To think that this building from today -- it's unique, and I think it's
unique in all of sports what's happening right now," manager Bobby Valentine
said Thursday in his clubhouse office. "And it's great to be a part of it."
No other major league park has existed for 100 years.
"Obviously, it's history," Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "I don't
think any [other] ballpark's ever going to be able to do something like that.
To be a part of that is awesome."
All-time names including Luis Tiant, Carlton Fisk, Mike Lowell, former manager
Terry Francona and others will be on hand to mark the centennial anniversary.
Francona, of course, will be making his first appearance at the ballpark since
he and the team parted ways following last season's collapse. However, former
general manger Theo Epstein will not be on hand.
"I think it's great," Pedroia added. "I'm excited to see him. I'm sure
everybody else is. I'm sure the fans will enjoy it. He's a huge part of this
The Red Sox enter tonight's tilt riding a three-game losing streak after a
two-game sweep at the hands of the red-hot Texas Rangers.
One player who could be getting on track, though, is Kevin Youkilis, who
homered in Wednesday's 6-3 loss and is 5-for-18 in his last five games after
going 2-for-20 in his first five.
"We didn't pull it off in the end. We had some good at-bats," said Youkilis,
who was criticized last weekend by Valentine. "It's nice to hit a home run,
but when you don't win the ballgame, it really doesn't matter."
Trying to get the Red Sox right tonight will be righty Clay Buchholz, who is
1-0, but has allowed 12 runs in 11 innings this season. Buchholz picked up a
win on Saturday against Tampa Bay, despite surrendering five runs and six hits
in seven innings. He had allowed seven runs in four frames of his season
Buchholz has traditionally struggled against the Yanks, posting a 2-3 mark to
go along with a 5.59 ERA in seven starts.
One player he will try to stop tonight will be Curtis Granderson, who on
Thursday went 5-for-5 with three home runs in New York's 7-6 win over
"It's a thing I've never done. So it's kind of cool," Granderson said.
"Definitely a night to remember."
Ivan Nova takes the hill tonight in search of his third straight win. Nova
beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday, holding them to four runs
and eight hits in six innings. He also struck out eight, but saw his ERA jump
Nova is 0-2 in four games (three starts) against the Red Sox with a 6.62 ERA.
04/20 10:32:39 ET