The last time the Red Sox and the Yankees met on Opening Day

I hate it when the Red Sox and the Yankees meet on Opening Day. Rivalry games should never get drowned out in the hoopla and hoo-hah of a day revered by amateur fans who too frequently will forget about baseball for months after the opener.

yankee-stadium-1923-opening-dayThis year the Yankee/Red Sox pairing has much less significance. As opposed to an ALCS preview, this is more along the lines of an S & N Series, representing the chances of these two teams both reaching October glory (that’s S & N as in Slim & None).

When these two teams last met on Opening Day, the venue was Fenway Park, the date was April 4, 2010.

Here were the starting lineups for each club

Yankees

Batting
Derek Jeter  SS
Nick Johnson  DH
Mark Teixeira  1B
Alex Rodriguez  3B
Robinson Cano  2B
Jorge Posada  C
Curtis Granderson  CF
Nick Swisher  RF
Brett Gardner  LF
CC Sabathia P
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/1/2013.

Red Sox

Terry Francona‘s Boston defeated Joe Girardi‘s New York, 9-7 in a battle of MLB stars.

Here are the projected starting lineups of wannabes and never-will-bes who are opening for these two teams today at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Mike Napoli 1B

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jonny Gomes DH

Jackie Bradley Jr. LF

Jose Iglesias SS

Starting pitcher – Jon Lester LHP

Yankees

Brett Gardner CF

Eduardo Nunez SS

Robinson Cano 2B

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Vernon Wells LF

Ben Francisco DH

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Jayson Nix 3B

Francisco Cervelli C

Starting pitcher – CC Sabathia LHP

If you care, the Yankees have won 11 straight home Openers since 1986. Their last loss at home on Opening Day was in 1982, 7-6 to the White Sox.

The Newtown tragedy will be remembered today at The Stadium.

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