You don’t often see the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at the bottom of the AL East standings, but one week into the 2009 season, that’s exactly where they are. At 2-5 and 3-4 resepectively the Red Sox and Yankees have struggled out of the gate but no one is throwing in the towell just yet. It is afterall just the first week of the season. By the time the two teams meet later this month they could be battling for 1st place. Let’s hope.
The Red Sox continue to struggle at the plate. The A’s defeated Boston last night 8-2 in Oakland. Starting Pitcher, Jon Lester also struggled for the Red Sox and dropped to 0-2 on the season. Kevin Youkilis did get Boston off to a nice start with a solo homer in the first but the Sox never gained any momentum.
The Yankees had an even uglier night in Tampa. The Rays raised their 2008 AL Championship banner to the rafters and celebrated with their bats, knocking the Yankees around for a 15-5 final. Chien-Ming Wang surrended 8 runs in one inning of work for New York, dropping to 0-2 on the year. The Yankees will finish up their series in Tampa before returning to New York for Thursday’s home opener and the regular season debut for the new Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees tickets are available for all 2009 games.
The Red Sox will return home on Friday, April 17 to host the Baltimore Orioles. Red Sox tickets are available for this and all games.