What It Means: That every so often, you can see a pitcher's duel at Fenway Park, especially when the pitcher is as good as Josh Beckett was Sunday night. CC Sabathia did his best to keep up, but he was in trouble all night, and Joba Chamberlain was in over his head. Most distressingly, the Yankees not only did not hit tonight, but they haven't been hitting much at all, as evidenced by some of the batting averages in their starting lineup.
What's Good: Not much tonight. The Yankees managed just two hits off Beckett in eight innings. And with Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup with the flu, the Yanks had six hitters batting .240 or less in the lineup, and three below .200
What's Not So Good: See above, but especially Jorge Posada, who since hitting his third homer of the season on April 4, is 0-for-17 with eight K's, five of them looking. And then there's Joe Girardi, who decided to bypass his eighth-inning Guy, Rafael Soriano, in favor of Freddy Garcia, who had made one prior relief appearance -- 11 years ago. Garcia gave up a bomb to David Ortiz that missed clearing the center-field fence, 420 feet away, by about a foot, driving in Boston's fourth run of the game. And the bullpen, which looked waterproof the first few games of the season, was horrible in this one -- except for Boone Logan, who cleaned up the mess Chamberlain left behind.
What's Coming From Us: Andrew Marchand is writing about the continuing struggles of Derek Jeter. I'm waffling between a what's up with Posada column, or a Where's Rafael Soriano? column. I'll grab whatever's best out of the clubhouse.
What's Next: Off day Monday, then the Yankees return home for a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles. A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova are scheduled to pitch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.