Game 2 of 162
Encore, anyone? It will be hard to top Sunday for pageantry, drama and everything else.
But back they are, the Sox and the Yankees, for the second game of this series, and their second game of the season.
When you score nine runs like the Red Sox did on Sunday, don’t expect any lineup changes, and there aren’t any.
It was a great Opener offensively for manager Terry Francona’s nine.The only two guys who didn’t get hits were Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz, so perhaps they will get their firsts out of the way. Maybe Ortiz will take Burnett deep tonight and hit home run No. 1 on April 6 instead of May 20, like he did last year. Ortiz has three career homers off Burnett.
Clay Buchholz, meanwhile, won’t pitch until Sunday in Kansas City, which is nine days removed from his last spring start. To shake off any potential rust, he will throw a simulated game at Fenway tomorrow for three innings.