TAMPA, Fla. — Good evening from sold-out George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Red Sox are about to play the Yankees.
The Yankees have four or five starters in their lineup and the Red Sox four, so this isn't quite the real deal. But for March 13, not bad. The Sox also will have to tangle with Mariano Rivera for an inning.
The game is on the radio and MLB Network along with YES. But we'll have updates here all night. Feel free to leave your comments.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Outside of a two-out double by Ellsbury, the Red Sox went quietly. Doubront created a mess in the bottom of the inning then worked out of it. Martin singled before A-Rod walked. A balk moved the runners up. But Teixeira grounded back to the mound and Ibanez grounded to first.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Nova got Middlebrooks and LInares on grounders to short and in between struck out Anderson. Doubront did almost the same. Jones grounded to short, old friend Bill Hall fanned and Bernier grounded to third.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: This ain't a thriller. The Sox went in order again, Nova having retired seven straight. Then Doubront struck out Nix, got Gardner to ground back to the mound and fanned Martin looking. Impressive outing for both of them.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0: Pedoia singled before Nova struck out Ellsbury and Salty. Middlebrooks flied to right. A-Rod singled off Doubront. Middlebrooks then made a sweet play on a chopper to start a 5-4-3 double play. Ibanez then flied to center. Doubront is done after 75 pitches. Great night for him: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Mariano Rivera coming in for the Yanks.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Rivera threw 13 pitches and broke two bats. Kroeger reached on an error and stole second. But Hassan fanned looking at — what else? — a cutter. Michael Bowden, stepping in competition, allowed a single by Jones then struck out the side.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Boone Logan retired the Sox in order. Vicente Padilla then had an impressive inning. Gardner grounded to first then Martin and A-Rod struck out swinging.
The teams have put in a bunch of subs now. It'll be time to head to the clubhouse soon.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Red Sox down in order again. The teams have five hits in the game. It's pretty much Pawtucket vs. Scranton now.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: There have been six hits in the game. Padilla has pitched three scoreless innings.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0: Pedro Ciriaco drove a low liner to right that skipped past Zolio Almonte. Ciriaco stopped at third then scored when the relay throw second baseman David Adams went wild. Two errors were charged on the play.
Junichi Tazawa in to try and close it out.
Final: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0: Four pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Sox come to Tampa and leave with a win. They're dancing in the streets of Kenmore Square.
OK, probably not. But winning is better than losing.