Cano can check the trainer's room if he needs to find a familiar face."You don't want to see anybody get hurt, but it's part of life. Hopefully, they get well soon," Cano said. "Hopefully, we can just stay in the race until whenever they get back, and when we get them back and they help us to make it all the way to the playoffs."
Fans may need to consult their programs when the defending AL East champions take the field against the revamped Boston Red Sox for the 111th opening day in franchise history Monday. Jeter (ankle) will not be at shortstop in an opener for the first time since 2001. Teixeira (wrist) and Curtis Granderson (forearm) are out at least until May and Rodriguez (hip) won't be back until the All-Star break if at all this season.
In fact, when Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the lineup card out to home plate for the team's first game that counts since New York was swept by Detroit in the AL championship series, only three names from opening day 2012 will be on it: Cano, Brett Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia.
In place of the injured and departed is a collection of retreads and castoffs.
Vernon Wells , a late-spring training acquisition from the Los Angeles Angels , will start in left field. Lyle Overbay gets the nod at first base, six days after being cut by the Red Sox. Former Boston star Kevin Youkilis was the Yankees lone big free-agent signing, brought in as a $12 million placeholder for A-Rod. Ben Francisco could be the designated hitter against lefty Jon Lester ."It's still the Yankees, it's still going to be a good lineup," Lester said Sunday. "They're going to put quality at-bats together. They're missing a few of their big guys but anybody that fills in for them it's like what I said, they're going to put professional at-bats together and still - it's not going to be a walk in the park."
The Red Sox also took a different approach this offseason. After going 69-93 and finishing last in the AL East for the first time since 1992, the Red Sox replaced the high-priced players they traded last summer - Adrian Gonzalez , Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford - with a more modest crew that includes Mike Napoli , Shane Victorino , Jonny Gomes , Ryan Dempster and Joel Hanrahan .
The Bobby Valentine experiment lasted only one season. John Farrell is back from a two-season stint as the Blue Jays manager. Boston's former pitching coach is certain the Red Sox have put last season behind them."I think our guys starting at the final day of last year were looking forward to rewriting the story that unfolded last year," Farrell said. "By virtue of the changes to our roster. There's a number of new players who weren't here a year ago that they don't carry those sentiments."
One of those changes is the rapid rise of Jackie Bradley Jr., the dynamic 2011 first-round pick (40th overall) who made the Red Sox roster after a spectacular spring training. Having never played above Double-A, Bradley hit .419 with a .507 on-base percentage. He's getting a chance because David Ortiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a right Achilles tendon injury.
Bradley will start in left field Monday and Gomes will be the designated hitter."He's fun to watch,"Victorino said ofrBradley, who turns 23 on April 19.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is looking forward to seeing Youkilis, new look and all."It's going to be a little different, especially he'll be clean-shaved and everything," Pedroia said.
A lot will be different when the two clubs who have dominated their division for more than a decade take the field as underdogs. But Lester thinks the matchup remains the best rivalry in baseball."I think anytime you have Red Sox-Yankees, it's going to be intense and the rivalry is still going to be there," he said. "Adding opening day to it is going to be fun."
NOTES: To make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster, INF Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment. ... Boston placed pitchers Craig Breslow (left shoulder tendinitis) and Franklin Morales (lower back strain) on the 15-day DL, both retroactive to March 22. ... The Yankees made it official and placed Granderson, Jeter, Teixeira and Phil Hughes on the DL, all retroactive to March 22. ... The Yankees recalled RHP Adam Warren from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. New York designated LHP Clay Rapada for assignment to make room for Overbay, whose contract was selected from the minors. ... In Tampa, Fla., Granderson said he is scheduled to have follow-up X-rays Monday. ... Hughes said he is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and then rejoin the Yankees in Cleveland next week.
|Boston Red Sox|
|March 27, 2013||Stephen Drew||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|March 22, 2013||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Craig Breslow||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|March 22, 2013||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Right Achilles soreness|
|February 20, 2013||Ryan Kalish||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|New York Yankees|
|March 26, 2013||Cesar Cabral||60-Day DL||Left elbow pain|
|March 22, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Fractured right forearm|
|March 22, 2013||Phil Hughes||15-Day DL||Right upper back thoracic injury|
|March 22, 2013||Mark Teixeira||15-Day DL||Strained right wrist - out 8-10 weeks|
|March 22, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Recovery from left ankle surgery|
|March 16, 2013||Michael Pineda||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox were daring on the basepaths. Jon Lester and the Boston bullpen were aggressive against a barely recognizable New York Yankees ' lineup.
The Red Sox looked as if they were in a hurry to put a dreadful 2012 season behind them. They're off to an impressive start, giving new manager John Farrell an 8-2 win on opening day Monday.
"I think how you saw it (Monday) is how we can win a lot of ballgames," new designated hitter Jonny Gomes said. "It was kind of all there early."
Shane Victorino led a revamped Red Sox lineup with three RBIs and Bradley walked three times and scored twice in his big league debut. Boston's big day against CC Sabathia (0-1) came a year after it lost its first three games under Bobby Valentine and went on to a 69-93 finish.
Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from opening day a year ago, Lester (1-0) gave up five hits and two runs in five sharp innings against the defending AL East champions.
"It's big," Lester said. "It's obviously a lot nicer than the past couple of years to be on top 1-0 instead of going through a whole road trip without a win again."
Yankees stars Alex Rodriguez , Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also are on the disabled list.
"You're talking about some of the best players in the game. It's going to be a little different," Sabathia said. "But we know what we have to do and who's not here. That's not an excuse."
Bradley, meanwhile, made an immediate impact after earning a spot with a strong spring training performance.
In his first plate appearance, the ever-smiling 22-year-old outfielder worked a one-out walk after falling behind 0-2. That helped Boston touch up the big lefty for four runs in the second inning - and start the angry rumblings of 49,514 anxious Yankees fans.
Young No. 44 then stole a potential RBI hit from Robinson Cano with a running, twisting grab in a swirling wind in left field in the third. Bradley added an RBI groundout in the seventh.
All in a day's work for the unflappable rookie.
"I wasn't nervous. I was ready," Bradley said. "Just trying to do whatever I can to help the team win."
The punchless Yankees had just one hit after the fifth inning against five relievers in losing a season opener at home for the first time since 1982, after 11 straight wins.
Adding to the tough day all around for New York, rain in the ninth inning sent fans running for cover while the Red Sox scored three times against a mustachioed Joba Chamberlain .
Jacoby Ellsbury had a sharp two-run infield single that first baseman Lyle Overbay , picked up off waivers only a week ago, couldn't handle for his third hit. Victorino singled home Bradley to add to the romp.
"We want to put pressure on the opposition," Farrell said. "And that's not strictly with attempted steals and how we look to run the bases first to third, but the attitude and how we go about our work."
One team in New York won on Monday, though. In a first, the Yankees and Mets opened on the same day at the same time. The Mets finished off an 11-2 victory while their Bronx counterparts were in the eighth inning.
Before the game, the Yankees held a tribute to the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and honored first responders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Both teams wore a patch that included the Newtown seal, a black memorial ribbon and 26 stars, one for each victim.
No matter the colorful history between the clubs, the reality in 2013 is this: The two teams that have dominated the division for more than a decade enter opening day with considerably less swagger.
Heck, the Yankees played as if they were still trying to get to know each other - and they were, with several March acquisitions.
The Bleacher Creatures' roll call was loaded with new names because of injuries and the departures of free agents Nick Swisher and Russell Martin .
"We brought some guys in later into camp," manager Joe Girardi said. "They're going to get a lot of opportunities here, and we're going to need them to perform."
One name the Creatures did include was closer Mariano Rivera , who is coming back from a torn knee ligament and said during spring training he plans to retire at the end of the season.
But he wasn't needed in this one after Boston jumped out to an early lead. That was enough for Lester, who looked more like the pitcher who won at least 15 games every year from 2008-11 and not the one who went 9-14 last year.
Boston wasn't at full strength, either. David Ortiz is on the disabled list with sore heels, the first time he was not the Red Sox designated hitter for the opener since Jeremy Giambi in 2003.
The Red Sox had only four players from their opening-day lineup last year starting in this one: Dustin Pedroia , Jarrod Saltalamacchia , Ellsbury and Lester, making his third consecutive such start.
Even weirder: former gritty Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis was clean-shaved and in Yankees pinstripes.
"I think we're making it more than it is," he said. "I go out there and play. I don't sit down and stare at my uniform all game."
Making his 10th opening-day start overall, Sabathia settled after the second to allow four runs and eight hits.
Francisco Cervelli , who spent nearly all last season in Triple-A, had a two-run single off Lester in the fourth and made a swift tag on Ellsbury sliding into home plate in the sixth.
NOTES: Former Yankees outfielder and manager Lou Piniella bounced a ceremonial first pitch to groans from the fans. ... Paul McCartney will play a concert at Fenway Park on July 9. ... Jeter worked out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla. ... Teixeira was told he didn't have to wear the brace on his wrist except when working out.