Yankees 5, Red Sox 8: And We’re Off

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Well, the Yankees took their first loss of 2019 at the hands of the defending champs. The regulars who were in the lineup for the Bombers looked great, as each of Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird collected hits. Clint Frazier also recorded a hit as he pursues the starting role in left field.

Nestor Cortes Jr. looked like your stereotypical crafty lefty, using strong offspeed pitches and the occasional arm angle change to retire hitters. The box score will tell you he gave up four runs, but two of them came once Drew Hutchison came into the game. Danny Coulombe, Cale Coshow and Rex Brothers held the Sox scoreless until the eighth, and Joe Harvey gave up a few runs before Phillip Diehl cleaned things up.

Not too much to gather from this game. There’s no reason to overreact at this stage in the spring. No one got hurt and there’s another game tomorrow.

Notes From Tampa:

  • DJ LeMahieu is seen as the backup first baseman, according to manager Boone. That means the loser of the Bird/Luke Voit battle will begin the season at Triple-A. It will be interesting to see how LeMahieu reacts to his time at first base this spring, given that he has not played there for more than eight innings in a season.
  • J.A. Happ and Luis Severino threw simulated games in Tampa, facing Voit, Aaron Judge and Troy Tulowitzki.
  • The Yankees have set their rotation for the next few days, with Jonathan Loaisiga starting Sunday against Tampa Bay, James Paxton going Monday against Toronto and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Feb 23, 2019123456789RHE
New York (0-1)1200000205132
Boston (1-0)01500002X8130
W: Marcus Walden (1-0) L: Nestor Cortés Jr. (0-1) S: Brian Ellington (1)
Scoring Summary
NY1Gleyber Torres homered.10
NY2Matt Lipka doubled, Tyler Wade scored.20
NY2Aaron Hicks doubled, Lipka scored.30
BOS2Tzu-Wei Lin reached on infield single, Bryce Brentz scored, Lin safe at second on error by catcher Kyle Higashioka, Michael Chavis thrown out at third.31
BOS3Rafael Devers reached on infield single, Gorkys Hernández scored, Sandy León to second.32
BOS3Brentz reached on infield single, Sandy León scored, Devers to third.33
BOS3Chavis homered, Devers scored and Brentz scored. 36
NY8Ryan McBroom homered.46
NY8Kyle Holder reached on infield single, Trey Amburgey scored, Kellin Deglan to third.56
BOS8Juan Centeno singled, Sam Travis scored and Jeremy Rivera scored. 58

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