Game Day

Yankees @ Red Sox (4/23/14)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Well, the shows over folks. Jacoby went back to Fenway and was electric, time to focus on the rest of the series. Michael Pineda (2-1, 1.00 ERA) squares off against John Lackey (2-2, 5.25ERA) in game two. Pineda has been sharp through his first three starts for the Yanks. He has pitched six innings in each outing and has allowed no more than one run. He beat the Red Sox on April 10, on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Brian Cashman has high hopes for Pineda. “I’d love to be able to get what we’re getting every time out. There’s no doubt about that,” Cashman said. “Yeah, we didn’t know what to expect, because it’s unfair to put any expectations on someone coming back from such a serious surgery. We knew what he was when he was healthy.”

Lackey is in a bit of a funk. He has surrendered at least six runs and 10 hits in consecutive starts for the first time in his 12 year career. John Farrell thinks that the majority of Lackey’s problems are because of location. “It isn’t so much his sequencing as it is him missing spots,” Farrell said. “He hasn’t been able to get away with those mistakes. That is part of what we are looking at. We found a few things that we can address.”

After being examined on Tuesday by team physician, Ivan Nova was advised to have Tommy John surgery on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The recovery time for the surgery is between 12 to 18 months. “We had an inkling that was going to be the recommendation,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate, and obviously he has to make a decision now. It’s what you don’t want to hear.” Vidal Nuno will be the teams fifth starter for now.

Notes on the game

The Yankees are 10-2 this season when scoring first and 2-6 when opponents score first.

12 of Boston’s 21 games have been decided by two runs or fewer. They have gone 7-5 in those games.

First pitch at 7:10PM on Yes & ESPN

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