Lost in the kerfuffle over Pineda’s exceedingly sweaty palms last night was the fact the Yankees and Sox are ranked 12th and 14th in runs per game in the American league at 3.7 and 3.6 respectively. Jon Lester is on the mound for Boston tonight; he’s been very stingy and his peripherals look great despite his 0-2 record, the result of poor run support. Sabathia notched a win his last time out, having a bad sixth inning against Toronto before being lifted for Adam Warren.

More moisture is predicted, this time from more natural sources. Friday night Rivalry action in the Bronx. Lineups follow, comment away.
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It was pretty funny.

Another time, he punched Joey Gathright in the face in a spring training game. He also did a good job as the fifth starter for a solid stretch in 2007. What a crazy weirdo. But he was our crazy weirdo.

Even after all these years, watching it all play out dozens of times over, hundreds of times over, there’s still nothing quite like Yankees vs. Red Sox.

Buchholz (who was unwatchably awful last time out against the Brewers) and Pineda (who was berry, berry good against Toronto) will kick off the first of many meetings between these titanic baseball forces (who are both 4-5 right now, but who’s counting?). The lineups of both teams might be a bit old and rickety, but the fans at Yankee Stadium are sure to make everyone feel spry for a few hours. Happy rivalry to us all!

I love this lineup. I don’t have any valid reason to think it’s solid against the O’s and Miguel Gonzalez, but I really want to see how it works. And let’s hope Tanaka takes Gotham by storm.

Gardner, CF
Jeter, SS
Ellsbury, DH
Beltran, RF
McCann, C
Soriano, LF
Johnson, 1B
Roberts, 2B
Solarte, 3B

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Tomorrow, the Yankees! Today, a rubber match I will be keeping track of in the latter half of my west coast work day! (4:05 ET start) Ross vs. Peavy.

Fellow countrymen Martin Perez and Felix Doubront throw the horsehide today. Middlebrooks is out, and Ryan Roberts goes in his place. The game starts at 6:05 ET. Tomorrow’s game is at 4:05 ET. What the heck, schedulers? Anyway, let’s see which Venezuelan takes the day. Y’all comment, meow, y’hear?

Chen and Nova duel in this 1:05 ET start…on a Tuesday…that’s not a travel day. Strange. But I’m not going to complain about a game to keep my eye on throughout the work day. Comment, krueg and co.

With a little less than 4% of the season in, the Sox aren’t doing so hot. We’ll be shaking our heads looking back at being swept by the Brewers at Fenway if the Sox end up a game out of the playoff picture.

But today, it’s the Rangers at Fenway. Scheppers vs. Lackey on Monday Night Baseball. Comment away.

Today is the Yankees’ home opener, and the last one for Derek Jeter. The first time I saw Derek Jeter play baseball was at Silver Stadium in Rochester in his call-up season with the Clippers. The Orioles were the Wings’ parent team. I might not remember his first at-bat that game exactly right, but I think he hit a single, stole second, and came home on a single from the next batter, and was on base for what seemed like less than a minute. I went to the game with my friend Jake, a fellow Yankee fan and we both had a “holy shit” moment in how it came down. It felt special, seeing that kid play baseball with the future Yanks against the future Orioles at that grand old ballpark that was Silver Stadium.

It’s now a couple decades later. This time, it’s at home in the Bronx against the O’s, none of whose players were on that team back at Silver (which is gone now), and that long affiliation between Rochester and Baltimore is gone now as well. The one player at that game so long ago at Silver still in the game is Number Two. I’m going to watch some baseball today.

Comment away.

Both our teams find themselves at 2-3 on the first Sunday every team is playing. Will they be all even or further in the hole when action ends this afternoon?

Sabathia vs Hutchison and Gallardo vs Lester. Happy Sunday!

Deadly-awesome, chronically-injured Clay Buchholz takes on Wily “That’s My Name, Not a Description of My Pitching Style” Peralta. Bounce back and even the series.

Quietude. The Yankees haven’t scored, but have given up only one run and have two base runners in the seventh. Sorry about missing the gamer. Opening day little league festivities.

The Yankee rookie makes his major-league debut in Toronto at Rogers Centre. Comment away.

Boy, 2013 sure was a time, wasn’t it? Most everyone thought the Sox would fail, and instead they achieved ultimate success. Haha, haters. Today, they get the rings to show for it when Estrada faces Peavy.

But more importantly, it’s the home opener (NL opponent in home opener, so awkward), and we get to see Fenway Park, even it’s from a nation away.

The Sox did manage to take one series from the O’s at Camden Yards last year, but lost the season series 11-8. 2-1 on the road against the O’s to kick the season off would taste sweet. Spring struggler Felix Doubront battles Wei-Yin Chen in the rubber match. Tomorrow, the Sox get rings at Fenway. Comment away.

Kuroda pitched well yesterday, but not well enough to overcome the fact that the Yankees aren’t hitting anything. Maybe Brett Oberholtzer is the cure. Or, the Yankees struggle.