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In April, Chris Capuano looked like he would be a key part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, a vaunted lefty reliever who had given up zero runs in 11 appearances.
Two months later, the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, solidifying the left side of the infield to make a push for the playoffs.
Today, both will take the field at Fenway Park…only they won’t be wearing Red Sox uniforms. Instead, they’ll be coming out of the visitor’s dugout as members of the New York Yankees.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Red Sox!
The Red Sox released Capuano at the end of June after he surrendered 10 earned runs in a mere four innings of work for the month. The Yankees acquired him a month later from the AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. Now Capuano will get the start against his former team, his second start of the season (both with New York). In his last start, Capuano got the no decision in a loss to Toronto, giving up two earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings of work. He also had four strikeouts.
Drew, of course, was shipped to the Yankees just before the 4 p.m. trade deadline yesterday in exchange for the injured Kelly Johnson. In other words, the Red Sox would have unloaded Drew for a bag of beans (and I don’t mean Jack’s magic ones) in order to get a better look at Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks on the left side. For the Yankees, Drew will likely get the start tonight (and most nights) at second base, with the newly acquired Chase Headley manning the hot corner and Derek Jeter entrenched at shortstop. Drew would certainly seem to be a candidate to inherit Jeter’s position once he retires at the end of this season, however.
The Red Sox, of course, will have some new faces of their own for the first time after yesterday’s busy trade deadline. Newly acquired outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig should be in the corner outfield spots, and Anthony Ranaudo has been called up from Pawtucket to take the hill opposite Capuano.
Not exactly the August Red Sox-Yankees series we were expecting, is it?