1. Yanks Pick Up Win In Opener Vs. Sox: Michael Pineda pitched a fantastic game, as the Yankees beat their arch rivals the Boston Red Sox in the first of four games at the Stadium. Pineda seemingly had every pitch working for him as he threw 6-plus innings of dominant baseball, allowing only 4 hits, 1 run, and 2 walks, while striking out seven. In the fourth inning, with men on first and third with no one out in a scoreless game, Brian McCann, who had struggled mightily coming into this at-bat, finally came through, lining a single down the right field line, driving in Jacoby Ellsbury (who went 1-for-4 with an RBI against his former team), from third, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, rookie Dean Anna, getting the start at second in place of Brian Roberts, sent a bullet into the right field seats for his first big league home run. Pineda had a no-hitter through the first four innings, and a shutout through the first six, before Daniel Nava hit a solo shot to end it. Pineda left to thunderous applause in the seventh, and on a night in which both Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren were unavailable, Cesar Cabral and David Phelps picked up the slack. Cabral, just called up from Triple-A, struck out the only two batters he faced in relief of Pineda. Phelps then came on in relief of Cabral, and though he’s made fans cringe at times this season, gave them nothing to do but cheer last night, as he threw 2.1 perfect innings, and picked up his first career save, in a 4-1 Yankees victory. The win improved the Yankees to 5-5 on the season, and dropped the Red Sox to 4-6.
2. Pinetar Pineda?: Early in last night’s game, controversy arose when the Red Sox TV station NESN showed a shot of Pineda’s hand with what appeared to be a brown substance smeared on the palm, and the announcers reportedly said it was pinetar, a “foreign substance” prohibited in the rule book. The substance was gone by the fifth inning. After the game, manager Joe Girardi was flooded with questions about it, but Girardi held his ground repeating time after time “I don’t really have much to say. He pitched great and we’re glad to have him.” When asked about it by reporters after the game, Pineda said “I don’t use pinetar. My hand was sweating too much between innings, and I rubbed dirt on it.”
3. Attendance: After Yankees’ fans were highly criticized for not showing up for Masahiro Tanaka‘s Bronx debut Wednesday, the ballpark was noticeably more filled, and the atmosphere was much more electric last night (as it should be for a Yankees-Red Sox game). The announced attendance was 42,821.
4. Today’s Game: Today’s game will feature C.C. Sabathia (1-1, 7.50) vs. Jon Lester (0-2, 2.51) as the Yankees look to take the first two of this four-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M. And those are your Bomber Bites for Friday, April 11th!