Games to watch today: (15 scheduled)
New York Yankees (Hughes, 0-1) at Boston (Lackey, 0-1) 2:05 p.m.
This season is quickly turning into a nightmare for the Red Sox (0-6), and now they have to face the archrival Yankees (4-2) in their home opener. Both of Friday’s scheduled starters were shellacked in their first outing of the season, as Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes allowed five earned runs in 4.0 innings pitched in his first start against Detroit, while Red Sox right-hander John Lackey gave up nine earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched against Texas.
Texas (Lewis, 1-0) at Baltimore (Britton, 1-0) 7:05 p.m.
The red-hot Rangers (6-0) visit Camden Yards with the only remaining unblemished record in the major leagues. Rangers starter Colby Lewis has struggled in his brief history against Baltimore (5-1), going 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) against the O’s. Orioles rookie left-hander Zach Britton will be hard-pressed to match the success he had in his first career start Sunday against Tampa Bay, when he held the Rays to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
Philadelphia (Lee, 1-0) at Atlanta (Hudson, 1-0) 7:35 p.m.
In the first meeting of the year between the two NL East favorites, Tim Hudson will try to tame a Phillies lineup that is hitting .337 through its first six games. Hudson has had varying success in his career against the Phillies (6-7, 3.79 ERA in 18 career starts), but was dominant against the Nationals in his first start of the season on Sunday. Phillies starter Cliff Lee struck out 11 and walked none in his first outing of the year Saturday against Houston.
Games you should have seen:
Asdrubal Cabrera plated the only run of the game on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Indians (4-2) completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Red Sox (0-6). Pinch-runner Darnell McDonald was trapped off of second base for the final out in the ninth. Boston is off to its worst start to a season since 1945, and has been outscored 38-16 in its first six games of the season.
Matt Downs hit a go-ahead, RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Astros (1-5) to their first win of the season over the previously unbeaten Reds (5-1). Fernando Abad earned his first major league win for the Astros in relief. The Reds, whose 5-0 start had been the team’s best since 1990, banged out 34 hits in the three-game series.
A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings and Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 as the Yankees beat the Twins. Mariano Rivera picked up his fourth save of the season and the 30th of his career against the Twins. Rivera now has 30 or more career saves against 10 different teams. Minnesota second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a broken left fibula when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher tried to break up a double play in the seventh inning.
Stat you should know
White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson dominated his former team in Chicago’s 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday, striking out 13 Rays while allowing one run on four hits in 8.0 innings pitched. In 63 starts for Tampa Bay in 2006-2008, Jackson never struck out more than nine hitters in any game.
Star of the day
“I don’t know. I’ve got more important things to worry about than how the hell they’re going to clap.”
– Boston manager Terry Francona on the reception he expects the 0-6 Red Sox to receive during their first home game on Friday against the Yankees