3:50 p.m. ET: The Red Sox knew they wanted to get off on the right foot this season, but on Monday, they got more than even that with a strong 8-2 Opening Day victory over the Yankees. Jon Lester was clicking, Jackie Bradley Jr. was fulfilling expectations, and Boston put a W behind its talk of a fresh start in the first opportunity of the season.
Clay Buchholz will be on the mound as the Red Sox and Yankees go at it again Wednesday night. Like Lester, Buchholz had his ups and downs last year. He wants to show that he’s the pitcher who was almost unhittable for much of the summer, not the one who started the season with 33 earned runs allowed in six games. It will be an uphill climb for the righty, who is 2-5 with a 7.19 ERA in nine starts against the Yankees (0-2, 15.26 ERA last year).
Buchholz brings an 11-8 record and 4.56 ERA in 2012 against the pitcher who may have been the Yankees’ best last year: Hiroki Kuroda. The right-hander went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, and he was one of New York’s most consistent performers as CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes dealt with injuries and inconsistency. Kuroda struck out 167 batters in 219 2/3 innings pitched last year, both career highs.
The Red Sox can not only get themselves off to a 2-0 start this season with a win — and stick another one to the fumbling, aging Yanks — but they can also even up their record at Yankee Stadium. Boston is 18-19 at the new place in the Bronx.
It’s all due to start at 6 p.m., with first pitch coming at 7:05. Flip over to NESN to see the Sox get ready for action, and follow along here for updates and analysis throughout the game.