John Lackey makes his Red Sox debut, while Andy Pettitte begins his 12th season with Yankees. The last time the Yankees saw Lackey, he angrily left the mound in Anaheim after being lifted for a reliever in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALCS. The Angels would wind up winning that game, but Pettitte would slam the door on the Angels in Game 6.
|vs. John Lackey||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Derek Jeter SS||54||0.341||0.442||0.545||1||5|
|Nick Johnson DH||7||0.333||0.429||0.500||0||0|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||56||0.388||0.464||0.551||2||11|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||61||0.176||0.295||0.471||4||6|
|Robinson Cano 2B||27||0.231||0.259||0.346||0||1|
|Jorge Posada C||32||0.414||0.469||0.586||1||3|
|Nick Swisher RF||51||0.116||0.255||0.209||1||4|
|Brett Gardner LF||4||0.250||0.250||0.250||0||0|
|vs. Andy Pettitte||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Jacoby Ellsbury LF||20||0.412||0.474||0.471||0||6|
|Dustin Pedroia 2B||38||0.211||0.211||0.289||0||6|
|Victor Martinez C||18||0.200||0.278||0.200||0||1|
|Kevin Youkilis 1B||38||0.345||0.500||0.552||1||3|
|David Ortiz DH||58||0.367||0.431||0.551||1||10|
|Adrian Beltre 3B||9||0.375||0.444||0.500||0||1|
|J.D. Drew RF||37||0.361||0.378||0.694||3||4|
|Mike Cameron CF||58||0.222||0.259||0.389||1||9|
|Marco Scutaro SS||26||0.190||0.346||0.429||1||3|
- Each team has a trio of hitters who own the opposing pitcher. Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada all have an .OBP of .400-plus and .SLG of .500-plus against Lackey, while Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew and David Oritz have all hammered Pettitte.
- Big Papi exploded at reporters after yesterday’s game. When asked about his 0-7 start to the season, Ortiz responded, “You guys wait ’til [expletive] happens, then you can talk [expletive]. Two [expletive] games, and already you [expletives] are going crazy.”
- Mark Teixeira continues to battle his usual April struggles. In 664 April plate appearances, Teixeira has a sub par line of .245/.345/.426.
- The Yankees claimed 1B/OF Chad Huffman off waivers from the Padres. Huffman, who was ranked as the Padres #21 prospect by Baseball America, will be optioned to AAA.
- Alex Rodriguez will move into sole possession of 8th place on the All-Time HR list with his next long ball. Arod is currently tied with Mark McGwire at 583.