YANKEES WIN (10:07, END 9, 7-1 YANKS)
A really nice pitcher's duel beteen Tim Wakefield and A.J. Burnett unraveled a bit at the end once the starting position players exited, but this was a really crisp spring game, full of stars and good baseball for the first six innings or so. Wakefield and George Kottaras both had great nights, very promising. The game blew open when Austin Jackson blasted a grand slam off of Devern Hansack on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth.
BURNETT DONE (8:28, TOP 6, 1-0 SOX)
Burnett's impressive night came to a crashing halt. With the bases loaded after a bases loaded walk, Burnett just exited and turned the ball to Jonathan Albaladejo.
ORTIZ DELIVERS (8:25, TOP 6, 1-0 SOX)
The Red Sox finally got to Burnett, starting a rally with Angel Chavez's infield single. After Jacoby Ellsbury walked, David Ortiz smacked a two-out single into the teeth of the shift, scoring Chavez. He came out for pinch runner Ryan Dent.
QUICK WORK FOR WAKE (8:02, END 4, 0-0)
Though it may only be spring training, here's something that might brighten your day: In his first two unofficial at-bats against the Red Sox, Teixeria has struck out and grounded into a double play. Jeter fisted a bloop single to right to lead off. Teixeira grounded to third, where Angel Chavez started a 5-4-3 double play. Hideki Matsui popped to Chavez to end the inning.
LOWRIE GOES DOWN WITH A FIGHT (7:58, MID 4, 0-0)
Jed Lowrie struck out "swinging" to start the inning. With two strikes, Burnett threw a curve that nearly hit Lowrie's left foot. As Lowrie jumped out of the way, he held his bat with his right and flailed his bat. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher called him out because he swung. Lowrie screamed at him. You wonder if last year, as a rookie, Lowrie would have had the comfort and confidence to yell at an ump in spring training game (even if the call was as bad as this one). Ortiz grounded to shallow right into the shift, and Carter grounded to first.
GUNNED DOWN (7:49, MID 3, 0-0)
Ellsbury got a walk off of Burnett, but Jorge Posada nailed him trying to steal with Lowrie at the plate. The attendance tonight is 11,113, the largest crowd at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
WAKEFIELD, KOTTARAS ROLLING (7:40, END 2, 0-0)
Wakefield allowed his first hit, a liner up the middle by Robinson Cano that nearly nailed him in the backside, but Cano never got past first. The lack of baserunners made for an easy, pressure-free night for Kottaras behind the plate. Still, he's looked good, snaring every knuckler that's fluttered his way.
CARTER STAYS HOT, GET STRANDED (7:33, MID 2, 0-0)
Chris Carter continues to prove he's a major league hitter. Burnett has looked great tonight, but Carter drilled a fastball to right-center, over Brett Gardner's head for a double. Carter moved to third on Rocco Baldelli's chopped up the middle. Kottaras flied to right, too shallow for Carter to try to dash home; Xavier Nady showed off a strong throwing arm. Wilkerson couldn't bring him home, either.
Carter needs only to prove he can field, and he's working at it. "He's wearing out the staff," Francona said yesterday.
FLUTTERING AND FLAILING (7:29, END 1, 0-0)
Mark Teixeira got his first look at Tim Wakefield as a Yankee and struck out on four pitches. The final knuckleball bobbed down and away, and George Kottaras made a nice stab. He proudly stuck his glove aloft to show the umpire he caught it, then jogged back into the bench and received a fist pound from Terry Francona, sitting on a chair outside the dugout. Johnny Damon led off with a grounder to Brad Wilkerson at first, and Derek Jeter grounded to short.
BURNETT STARTS STRONG (7:24, MID 1, 0-0)
The Red Sox are getting their fist look at a pinstriped A.J. Burnett, who signed a megadeal this winter in moving from Toronto to New York. His initial inning went as well as he could have wished. Jacoby Ellsbury went down, Jed Lowrie slapped a grounder back to Burnett, and David Ortiz swung through an offspeed pitch for strike three. In his career, Burnett is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 24 strikeouts in four starts against the Sox.