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Granderson Spoils Lackey Debut With HR in 10th

Curtis Granderson

Despite the difference in payrolls and overall talent, there’s usually not that much separating the Red Sox and Yankees. 2010 is no different, as both teams entered Wednesday night’s game at 1-1. Game 3 of the series and season, of course, was knotted at 1-1 in extra innings when new Yankee Curtis Granderson stepped up to the plate to face Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

“If someone scuffles a little bit, people start asking a lot of questions,” Derek Jeter said about getting off to a fast start as a Yankee, referring to Granderson. “Us, as players, we realize you’re going to have ups and downs throughout the course of the year. So we really don’t pay much attention to it, but I’m sure if you’re answering questions about it all the time, it probably gets annoying.”

Granderson avoided those “annoying” post-game questions from reporters by blasting a go-ahead solo home run off Papelbon in the 10th inning. A second run scored after a groundout, three walks, and an RBI groundout from Mark Teixeira, and the Yankees left Boston with a 3-1 win and a 2-1 series edge.

John Lackey made his Red Sox debut on Wednesday night and was outstanding, finishing with no runs allowed on three hits in six strong innings. He departed the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to a David Ortiz RBI single (more on him in a minute).

Unfortunately, the Sox bullpen blew the slim lead. Lefty Scott Schoeneweis was charged with one earned run after Daniel Bard allowed the tying single to Nick Swisher. Papelbon then allowed the two runs in the 10th, and that was all she wrote.

Ortiz finished 1-4 with an RBI single, bring his average to an abysmal .091 (1/11 so far). We’re only three games in, but it would’ve been nice to see at least a few more hits to ease the nerves of Red Sox Nation. On the bright side, Mark Teixeira and Nick Johnson are both batting .000 and A-Rod is hitting just .133.

Sox Stud of the Game: John Lackey

After dissing Ortiz, how can I name him the stud of the game? While he produced the only Sox run of the night, Lackey did his best to prevent any from crossing the plate, allowing zero runs in six innings pitched. It was definitely a nice debut for the former Angel.

Sox Dud of the Game: Jonathan Papelbon

Hey, we haven’t picked on Paps since last year’s playoffs. We’re not out of line in doing it now though, after he was charged with two runs in extra innings, including allowing the go-ahead HR to Granderson in the 10th.

Game Notes

W: Chan Ho Park (1-1)
L: Jonathan Papelbon (0-1)
S: Mariano Rivera (2)

  • Kevin Youkilis finished the series hitting .444 with three runs and three RBIs.
  • Mike Lowell has not played a game this season.
  • Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada are leading the Yankees with a .417 batting average, while Mark Teixeira is hitless (0-12).

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