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Battle of Young Stars Headline Red Sox vs.Yankees Opener

Wesley YeeContributor IApril 24, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 8: Jon Lester #31of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, April 8, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)


Two young aces take the hill tonight in the Red Sox first match-up of the season between the rivals. The season series starts in Fenway.

 

The Starters

Yankees SP Joba Chamberlain is coming off a start where he wasn’t able to get out of the fifth inning and Red Sox Jon Lester threw seven shutout innings in his last start against the Orioles. Lester boasts a 19-6 K/BB ratio while Chamberlain has a 9-6 ratio.

 

Players to Watch

David Ortiz is on a bit of a hot streak, with five hits in his last three games. Melky Cabrera hit two home runs in an extra inning victory vs. Oakland.

 

Streaks

The Red Sox come in on a seven game winning streak. New York is on a three game winning streak. As they say, something’s gotta give. I expect that to be the Yankee’s bullpen.

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