The list of former Boston Red Sox players to eventually join the Yankees is pretty long. Johnny Damon and Babe Ruth are the most obvious, and Jacoby Ellsbury is the latest to join that list.
The Red Sox selected Ellsbury in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, and when he finally made it to the big leagues, he was one of their most dangerous weapons for almost seven years.
A lot like this past series against the Orioles when Brian Roberts faced his long-time club for the first time, Ellsbury will be doing the same tonight when the Red Sox roll into the Bronx for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
“I mean, you spend nine years with one organization, and you’re drafted by them, went through the Minor League system and everything, it’ll be different [to play against them] obviously,” Ellsbury told MLB.com back in March. “But I’m definitely excited for the opportunity I have here. I’m definitely blessed to play in that organization. I won two championships. Those are the memories I’m going to have, all the positive stuff. But yeah, I feel very fortunate to be over here with these guys, it’s a great organization. These guys are hungry, wanting to win.”
The Yankees enter tonight's game after losing to the Orioles, 5-4, last night in the finale of a three-game series. Masahiro Tanaka took a no-decision in his 10 strike out effort.
Tonight's lineup against Boston:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter DH
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Kelly Johnson 1B
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Dean Anna 2B
Pitching matchup preview: Michael Pineda vs Clay Buchholtz
A night after Tanaka made his Yankee Stadium debut, striking out 10 and taking the no-decision in the 5-4 loss, Michael Pineda will make his first start in the Bronx since being acquired by the Yankees over two years ago. He’ll be getting the ball for the Yanks tonight.
Pineda made his first start as a Yankee last Saturday in Toronto against the Jays, holding them to one run on five hits over six innings.
A lot like Tanaka, there is a lot of intrigue over what this kid can bring to the table this season since he hasn’t pitched in the big leagues full-time since 2011.
Pineda will be the facing the Sox for the first time in a while. It’ll surely be a tough test for not on him, but also for Boston, since no player other than Dustin Pedroia has more than three at-bats, lifetime, against the right-hander.
Clay Buchholtz will be taking the mound for the Red Sox tonight as they look to extend their winning streak to three games.
Buchholtz had a great bounce-back year for the Sox last season -- when he was able to stay healthy -- but 2014 didn't get off to a good start, when the Brewers knocked him around for six runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings this past weekend.
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