The rubber match in Boston has CC Sabathia (2-2, 5.19 ERA) on the mound against Felix Doubront (1-2, 5.48 ERA). The big lefty faced the Sox on April 11 and kept them scoreless through five innings before they erupted for a four run sixth, with two homers. He had some struggles to begin the season but he seemed to find his form in his last start against the Rays, putting together a seven inning outing allowing just two runs.. He struck out six and walked two and he was pleased with his changeup. “It’s been pretty good. It’s something that I wanted to get back in my repertoire. We’ve been throwing it a lot, and it’s been working for us,” Sabathia said. “I’m throwing it as much as I did when I first got here. That’s something I wanted to get back to. Not overthrow it, but just keep it in the mix, and it’s been a good pitch for us.”
Doubront has performed well in his past two starts putting together quality outings. However, he has nothing to show for it. In his last start against the Orioles, he allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings for a no decision. “There has been less thought of mechanics and delivery rather than executing pitches. He’s used the full assortment,” John Farrell said. “A few starts ago, he was so fastball oriented and it didn’t work in his favor. He’s returned back to normal pitch distribution and he has been more free of mind in his game plan.”
Ivan Nova was examined on Tuesday by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. An MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a partial UCL tear, which often requires Tommy John surgery. He will be getting a second opinion from noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.
Notes on the game
Shane Victorino is expected to be activated from the disabled list before the game.
The Yankees are 0-8 this season when tied or trailing after six innings.
First pitch at 7:10 PM on Yes