Betts, BoSox blow out Yankees

Betts, BoSox blow out Yankees

The Yankees were built to feast on left-handed pitching this season, but they struggled against the best southpaw in the American League.

A year ago the Yankees were 4-1 in games started by Sale (1-0), but there would be none of that Tuesday night when he allowed a run, eight hits and struck out eight in six innings.

Sale also overmatched Gary Sanchez, inducing a groundout and a pop-up - and striking him out swinging with a nasty slider that broke across the plate and landed behind the Yankee catcher.

Before that, it got quite ugly for the Yankees slugger. Miami was led by Justin Bour, who hit a pair of two-run homers, both to the opposite field.

While all the talk heading into the season was about Sanchez, Judge, and Stanton, it was a Red Sox trio that stole the show Tuesday. Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and five runs scored. Betts had a single in front of a two-run triple to right by Benintendi.

Betts battled a sore wrist through most of a year ago, but he's completely healthy and locked in to start the season. Boston won, 8-4, with Cerone driving in three runs. But the reality is the Yankees got steamrolled in their first matchup against the Red Sox, and Stanton did little to help out on the scoreboard.

Luis Severino (2-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.




The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry headlines Wednesday's slate of matches and Ben Steele offers up his best bets for tonight's action. He settled down after the second, allowing just one run over the next three innings. "So, if I'm asking them to be that way, then I'd better be that way or they know I'm not telling the truth".

"Honestly", Cora said, "I'm going to be honest with you - we scored six runs and we were so excited about it and the manager messed up".

Severino went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in four starts against Boston last season. Since homering twice on Opening Day in Toronto, Stanton was batting.108 (4-for-37) with a homer, three RBIs, 19 strikeouts and a.449 OPS.

Pirates 8, Cubs 5: Felipe Vazquez entered with the bases loaded and a five-run lead in the eighth inning, and he notched his fourth save, helping Pittsburgh spoil Chicago's home opener. Betts walked ahead of Benintendi's double to left-center and Ramirez drove him in with a single to left. But this will certainly cause Yankee Nation to panic, that's for sure.

When Severino left, the Yankees were trailing by four runs, meaning the game was still in reach for a team with so much firepower.

Mets 8, Marlins 6: Yoenis Cespedes grounded a two-run, ninth-inning double down the third base line to lead NY to a comeback win over host Miami.

Yankees relievers have allowed 53 runs (45 earned) over 96 innings this season.

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