RED SOX (0-0)
2 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
18 Shane Victorino RF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
12 Mike Napoli 1B
16 Will Middlebrooks 3B
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
5 Jonny Gomes DH
44 Jackie Bradley Jr. LF
10 Jose Iglesias SS
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (9-14, 4.82 in 2012).
11 Brett Gardner CF
26 Eduardo Nunez SS
24 Robinson Cano 2B
36 Kevin Youkilis 1B
12 VernonWells LF
45 Ben Francisco DH
31 Ichiro Suzuki RF
17Jayson Nix 3B
29 Francisco Cervelli C
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38 in 2012).
Red Sox vs. Sabathia: Pedroia 11-43, Ellsbury 6-28, Gomes 5-24, Napoli 5-22, Victorino 6-19, Ross 4-13, Saltalamacchia 3-14, Ciriaco 2-7, Nava 2-7, Carp 0-5, Iglesias 0-2, Middlebrooks 1-2.
Yankees vs. Lester: Cano 13-57, Wells 6-36, Suzuki 11-36, Overbay 9-25, Nix 7-21, Francisco 3-16, Boesch 3-13, Nunez 2-8, Gardner 1-6, Cerveli 1-4, Stewart 1-2, Youkilis 1-2.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, YES, ESPN / WEEI, WCBS
Stat of the Day: The Yankees have won 11 straight home game games on Opening Day dating back to 1986. Their last loss at home on Opening Day came in 1982
For openers: The Sox are 55-57-1 on Opening Day with losses in their last two. … The Sox have opened on the road for the last three seasons and in 15 of the last 18 years.
The Sun Devil: Pedroia is starting at second base on Opening Day for the seventh time. Only Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr (13 times) has made more Opening Day starts at second base for the Sox. … Pedroia has hit in six straight openers at 9 of 22 with two doubles, two homers, two walks, and four RBIs.
Missing them: Jonny Gomes will DH for the Red Sox. The last Opening Day DH who wasn’t David Ortiz? Jeremy Giambi in 2003. … Derek Jeter (ankle) is not starting on Opening Day for the first time since 2001.
The lefties: Sabathia is making his 10th Opening Day start and Lester his third. … Lester is 10-17, 4.90 in 39 starts dating back to September of 2011. … Lester was 1-1, 3.90 in five starts against the Yankees last season. … Lester is the first lefty in Sox history to start three straight openers since Mel Parnell from 1952-54. … Lester is 7-2 in 12 career road starts against the Yankees, including six wins in 11 starts at the new Yankee Stadium. No other visiting pitcher has more than four wins at the ballpark.
It’s been a long time: The last Red Sox lefty to win on Opening Day was Gary Peters against the Yankees in 1970.
Bad memories: The Sox ended last season losing eight straight, 12 of 13, 22 of 29, and 42 of 58. … The Sox have lost 17 of their last 24 games against the Yankees, 13 of 18 last season.
Welcome aboard: Bradley, 22, is the youngest position player to start on Opening Day for the Red Sox since Donnie Sadler in 1998. Sadler also was 22.
Old rivals: This is just the third season-opening game between these two teams over the last 21 seasons beginning in 1993, but the third in the last nine years. … The Red Sox have taken six of their last eight Opening Day contests against New York since 1964 and are 11-16-1 in 28 previous season-opening games against the Bombers.
Song of the Day: “Chemistry Class” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.