Tonight’s Yankee/Red Sox game checked in at roughly three and a half hours. However, Yankee fans were probably ready to tune out after the first hour. In the second inning, Francisco Cervelli dropped Mike Lowell’s pop-up along the first base line, giving the Sox a golden opportunity. Boston took full advantage of the error, plating three unearned runs in the inning. Clay Buchholz and friends kept the Yanks at bay for most the game, winning round one, 6-3.

'No Wonder Why They Skipped Me Before'

Initial Reaction:

Javier Vazquez just wasn’t sharp tonight. In 5 1/3 innings, he gave up six Boston runs on six hits and four walks. David Ortiz set the tone in the first inning, crushing a solo homer off Vazquez. An inning later, Vazquez walked in a run and allowed Marco Scutaro to hit a two-run double. Yes, it’s a completely different second inning if Cervelli catches Lowell’s pop-up, but Javy has gotta dig down deep and get those outs.

I touched upon it earlier this week, but Mark Teixeira is really hitting his stride. Teixeira’s first inning homer was his 24th of the season. Teixeira’s 83 RBIs rank fifth in baseball.

Positives From The Game:

Robbie Cano: The guy has been an absolute stud for the Yankees this year. He went 3 for 4 tonight, raising his batting average to .329. His 135 hits are fourth highest in baseball.

First Five: The Yankees first five hitters accounted for eight of the nine hits tonight.

The Bullpen: The Yanks bullpen gave the offense a chance tonight, holding Boston scoreless for 3 2/3 innings.

Negatives From The Game:

Bottom Four: Among the lineup’s bottom four hitters, Cervelli had the only knock. The foursome, plus a pinch hit at-bat from Jorge Posada, finished the day 1 for 16. Gotta come out hitting tomorrow, boys.

Javy: He pretty much confirmed why the Yanks decided to skip him earlier this year in Boston.

Interesting Facts:

287: Curtis Granderson went 287 at-bats before grounding into his first double play tonight..

2,873: Derek Jeter’s first inning single was his 2,873rd career hit, tying him with Babe Ruth for 39th on the All-Time list.

What’s Next?:

Big Poppa will take the mound tomorrow as the Yanks will look to right the ship. In addition to the lovely Fox broadcast team, yours truly will be at the game.

Saturday, 4:10 PM, FOX: John Lackey (10-6, 4.48 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.19 ERA)

Last Start:
Lackey: Loss, 5 1/3 innings, six earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Sabathia: Loss, 6 2/3 innings, three earned runs, three strikeouts (at Tampa Bay)

**Lackey threw six shutout innings in his only start against the Bombers this year. Lackey is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 career starts.