Nine to Know – Yankee/Red Sox edition

1. Derek Lowe pitched four innings in his Yankee debut and shut out Texas holding them to two hits, walking none and striking out four. Lowe earned his first regular-season save since 2001 while with Boston. Red Sox Nation today is repeating the words that Boston’s legendary sportscaster Bob Lobel is renowned for saying, “Why can’t we get players like that?!?

2. Derek Lowe is the first pitcher who beat the Yankees in a postseason series-clincher at Yankee Stadium to pitch for the Yankees after that. He beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. (thanks to ESPN Stats & Information)

3. There have been 217 players have played for each of these franchises and 105 pitchers have been on both the Sox and the Yanks.

4. There are 10 pitchers who have only pitched for the Yanks and the Sox, with Alfredo Aceves the current most prominent example. The most prominent player probably was catcher Elston Howard. Lowe became the first Yankee to record a save of at least 4.0 innings since Aceves on 7/5/09 (4.0IP, 1H, 0ER, 1K).

5. Last night was the Yankees 35th come-from-behind win of the season. The Red Sox have 27 comeback wins.

6. There was a moment of silence last night at Yankee Stadium held for Red Sox player, manager and broadcaster Johnny Pesky, who died Monday at 92.

7. Johnny Pesky vs. the Red Sox and the Yankees

I Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Boston Red Sox 30 74 10 13 2 0 1 4 12 4 .176 .299 .243 .542
New York Yankees 187 665 106 178 24 6 5 40 98 32 .268 .367 .344 .711
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2012.

8. The Yankees have hit a major league-leading nine grand slams with Nick Swisher joining the group last night. It was Swisher’s 200th career homer and his sixth career grand slam and second of the season (he also slammed also Vicente Padilla on April 21 at Fenway). The nine slams are one shy of their franchise record (set in 1987 and matched in 2010 and ‘11). The Red Sox have hit three grand slams this season.

9. Ryan Dempster versus Boston and New York this season:

I Split W L W-L% ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Boston Red Sox 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 13.2 11 3 0 1 3 9 1.024
New York Yankees 0 1 .000 12.00 1 6.0 9 8 8 2 2 4 1.833
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2012.