Quick hits: Yanks have won last 11 home openers

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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NEW YORK -- Some quick hits from Yankee Stadium on Opening Day:

* Sox manager John Farrell said the team is still working through the required paperwork -- which has to go through both the commissioner’s office and the players’ union -- for shortstop Stephen Drew to return to the field. Once that is granted, which Farrell expects to be soon, Drew will immediately begin playing games in extended spring training.

* Farrell, on how long Jackie Bradley Jr. will be with the big club: “Remains to be seen. We can’t predict past today. We want Jackie to play his game and be himself."

* For the first time since 2003, all 10 players in Boston's Opening Day lineup are 32 years old or younger, according to the crack Sox PR department. Bradley, 22, is the youngest Sox left fielder to make his debut on Opening Day since 21-year-old Carl Yastrzemski in 1961. Will Middlebrooks, 24, is the youngest Opening Day third baseman since Wade Boggs in 1983. Jose Iglesias, 23, is the youngest O-D shortstop since Glenn Hoffman in 1981.

* The Sox are trying to become the first visiting team to win an opener in the Bronx since the White Sox in 1982. The Yankees have won their last 11 home openers, including a 9-2 beating of the Sox in 2005 and 4-3 win in 1992.

* While Jonny Gomes draws the start at DH Monday, Farrell said switch-hitter Daniel Nava will serve as DH and bat in the 2-hole against some right-handers until David Ortiz comes back. The last Sox player to start an opener at DH besides Ortiz was Jeremy Giambi in 2003.

* Opening Day on the brain? Farrell said he woke up at 3 a.m. but was able to go back to sleep.

* Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in all six Sox openers since 2007, batting .409 (9 for 22).

* The Sox have announced their rotation for the rest of the week. As expected, Clay Buchholz and Ryan Dempster will work the next two games of the Yankee series, with Felix Doubront opening the Toronto series Friday night and John Lackey scheduled to go Saturday. Barring injury, that would put Buchholz on track to pitch the home opener next Monday.

* Sox starter Jon Lester is 6-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 starts in the new Yankee Stadium. He was 1-0 with an 0.57 ERA in two starts in the old one.

* Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Lester only twice in an 11-game span last summer after Lester was torched for 11 runs by Toronto in July, but will be behind the plate Monday.

* Kevin Youkilis, originally signed to play third base in the absence of Alex Rodriguez, is playing first base for the Yankees, with Mark Teixeira on the DL with a torn sheath in his right wrist.

* Lefty CC Sabathia is making his fifth straight Opening Day start for the Bombers and 10th overall, but he’s hardly been lights out in pinstriped openers (0-1, 7.48 ERA). The Sox lit him up for 6 hits and 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings in the 2010 opener at Fenway, won by Boston, 9-7.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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