Preview of the opening day of the Red Sox Yankees 2022

New installment of ‘The Rivalry’ – can you think of a better way to start a regular season?

“There’s really no bigger league of Major League Baseball than the Yankees-Red Sox on opening day,” said Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson, who will make his pinstripes debut. “I think it will be exciting and I know a lot of kids are waiting for the moment.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. for the competition. This is the first time since 2013 that the Red Sox and Yankees meet on opening day (that game also took place in the Bronx), and only the fourth time in the last 30 seasons (since 1993).

Actor and comedian Billy Crystal is planning to hold a celebratory first concert, while singer and actress Shoshana Bean will perform the national anthem. Pre-match events start around 12:30 ET, with both teams presenting baselines.

“It’s going to be insane,” said Red Sox left-back Alex Verdugo. “Last year we were able to open our home in Boston, the first for me. Now we’re going to New York and it’s going to be exciting. We know how the crowd will be there. The atmosphere will be electrified. The [fans] will talk about how they talk. It will be fun.”

The Red Sox won 92 games last year, defeating the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game and passing the Rays in the AL Division Series before falling to the Astros in a six-game AL Championship Series. The Yanks also won 92 games, but due to an emergency, their last nine innings were played at Fenway Park.

“I’ve been waiting for this start for the last week or two,” said Eovaldi. “I am really excited about it. To be able to open up to them on the road in their place, it will be great for us to be able to go out and set the tone. “

When is the game and how can I watch it?
The first course is scheduled for 13:05 ET on Friday and will be available on MLB Network and MLB.TV. The game will be televised on NESN and YES Network. It can be heard on WFAN (660 AM, 101.9 FM) in the New York area and WEEI (97.3 FM) in New England.

The starting lineup
Red socks:
With power on the mound for the Yankees in Cole, the Red Sox will go with their “A” line, with the newly acquired Trevor Story. From Story and Rafael Devers to JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts, the Sox will once again have one of the most powerful teams in the game. Having strong core players like Verdugo and Kiké Hernández also helps. If Bobby Dalbec, the first harbor master in the second year, strikes for the power he is capable of, Boston’s lineup could be scary.

1. Kike Hernandez, CF.
2. Rafael Devers, 3B
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
4. JD Martinez, DH
5. Alex Verdugo, LF
6. Trevor Story, 2B
7. Bobby Dalbec, 1B
8. Jackie Bradley, Jr., RF
9. Christian Vazquez, C

Yankees: This is a new look Bombers batting series, one that hopes to keep up with the improved production it showed in the second half of last season. Business with the twins in March brought in Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to keep up on the left side of the pitch and the return of Anthony Rizzo offers a patient and considered approach near the top of the team.

Who are the starting lineup?
Red socks: Eovaldi is no stranger to games against Cole and the Yankees. They met in the American League Wild Card Game last season, where Eovaldi came out on top, holding the Yankees in one run over 5 1/3 of the game where he did not go and got eight shots off the field. In 16 games against New York since joining Boston, Eovaldi has 1.03 ERA (including the postseason). This is the third year in a row that Eovaldi takes the ball on the Red Sox’s Opening Day.

Yankees: Cole begins his third season in the Yankees kit, aiming to fulfill his stated goal of winning many world titles during his contract. Injuries to the back of the thigh prevented Cole’s performance late last season, even though he went to the American League with a 5.93 stroke-to-walk ratio, 243 strokes against 41 walks in 181 1/3 of the game. Cole also led the AL with 16 wins and averaged 3.23 ERA after 30 starts.

How could bullpens line up after the starter?
Red socks: This is where it gets interesting. Alex Cora, the manager of the Red Sox, has not mentioned a set closer, and he may not be. This was an awkward spring training for the Red Sox bullpen, as some key pitchers lacked speed and / or control. However, Garrett Whitlock is not in the category of throwers who were in trouble. He was stretched out as a starter and could give Cora up to four or five innings in the opening behind Eovaldi. Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Jake Diekman and Matt Strahm are other pitchers that Boston could use in the second half. Kutter Crawford, player no. 25, earned a spot in the box, but it is more likely to be used on days when Whitlock is not available due to his ability to go to many innings.

Yankees: Taurus Yanks is mostly set, though the pecking order closer to Aroldis Chapman could change somewhat – and the club has even talked about using Chapman in the more important eighth quarter from time to time. Jonathan Loáisiga, Chad Green, Clay Holmes, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta and Michael King will play prominent roles, as will Miguel Castro, a pickup truck from the Mets in early April.

Any injuries to check?
Red socks: Ace Chris Sale suffered a strain fracture in his right rib when he threw in the closing ban and there is still no timetable for when he will be ready to start throwing. Former Yankee’s James Paxton is also on the mend as he recovers from Tommy John’s surgery. The “big maple” would like to return sometime in June. The Red Sox are without the upper left-left lighter for the opening day as Josh Taylor is on the injury list due to a back injury.

Yankees: It’s been an incredibly healthy spring for the Yankees, who have been plagued by injuries in recent years. Right-hander Domingo Germán is on the 60-day injured list with a problem on his right shoulder and catcher Ben Rortvedt missed the opportunity to get on the opening schedule due to a sprain on his right side. Left-hander Zack Britton is recovering from Tommy John’s surgery and will not be released until at least August.

Who is hot and who is not?
Red socks: Devers has been a monster in spring training, mashing six homers in his first 26 golfers. Dalbec has also had a strong season in the Grapefruit League. And unlike last year, he thinks he will take it into the regular season. The story started slowly, which is not surprising as he arrived late at the store. Martinez is still searching for his stroke.

Yankees: Kyle Higashioka drove the Majors with seven homers this spring and reached a hot streak in part due to advice given in hour-long conversations with Donaldson. Aaron Judge often showed his power outside the box while Kiner-Falefa led the club with 13 shots. Joey Gallo had a difficult spring and scored 13 times in 30 clubs.

Anything else that fans might want to know?
• This is the first time the rivals have met in the season opener since 2013, when the Red Sox kicked off the final season of the World Cup and defeated the Yanks 8-2 in the Bronx. The starting pitchers for that game? Jon Lester for Boston and CC Sabathia for New York.

• In the history of the election campaign, the Yankees are 66-52-1 on the opening day and 36-18-1 when the opening hours of the season are home games. The Yankees go into the competition on Friday with a 79-39-1 all-time record in open home games.

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