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On Deck: Red Sox-Yankees battle

Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 7:14 pm


By Evan Brunell

BEST MATCHUP: The first Red Sox-Yankees game in quite a while gets top billing, and it's a pretty decent matchup, too. Clay Buchholz, who has struggled against the Yankees in the past, will take the mound with a 4.19 ERA. Buchholz has struggled to retain the dominance that saw him post a sub-3.00 ERA last season, but he was pitching over his head anyways. He's fallen back to earth and needs to back off his reliance of pitching to contact to take a step forward. Meanwhile, ex-Red Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon, who left the team on a sour note when he refused to go to the bullpen in 2008, takes the mound with a rejuvenated right arm that had stem cells injected into it. Colon has an impressive 3.86 ERA after moving from the bullpen to replace Phil Hughes and will look to keep the good times rolling. Oh, and as the video above shows, David Ortiz is hoping the Yankees fans he hugged won't boo him during the weekend series. Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

VERLANDER-MEER? Justin Verlander will attempt to become the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer to throw consecutive no-hitters and will do so against a hot Kansas City team with Eric Hosmer fresh off two home runs in Yankee Stadium. Both team have 20 wins, with the Tigers adding an extra loss, so second place is at stake. Verlander will be opposed by Luke Hochevar, who still isn't delivering on his pedigree as a former No. 1 pick but is at the very least showing signs of progress and doesn't look like he'll flame out of baseball in a couple years anymore with a 4.91 mark. Royals at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

 There's no love lost between the Cardinals and Reds, who meet for a pivotal three-game series this weekend. The Reds are 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for first in the NL Central. Cincinnati has its work cut out for itself as the Cardinals have generally handled the Reds well over the last couple of years and are on a hot streak, winning five of the last seven games. Kyle Lohse, who has bounced back after a couple forgettable seasons after a strong contract year with St. Louis in 2008, will dance with Bronson Arroyo, who is continuing his impressive streak as a solid, durable pitcher. Cardinals at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET

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Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:15 pm

On Deck: Red Sox-Yankees battle

Ha, he changed it from saying it was the first game of the season to "the first game in quite a while".    CBS really is one of the worst sports websites.  Their writers just write anything, without even checking if its true or not.  

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:50 pm

On Deck: Red Sox-Yankees battle

I kinda remember a game in mid April that was an ESPN Sunday night game featuring Becket vs Sabathia that I thought was top billing also.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:06 pm

On Deck: First Red Sox-Yankees battle of season

Wow, apparently this guys doesn't have access to a schedule.  The Yankees and Red Sox played back in April.  This is not the first game.  Get it together. 

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