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MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox Try to Start a Streak Against New York Yankees

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Monday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees got the season started with a opening day game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The two teams honored the victims of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., before hearing the words “play ball!”

The Red Sox managed to come away with a 8-2 win over the Yankees with help from their youthful prospects. Jose Iglesias tallied three hits, while Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored two runs in his major league debut.

After a scheduled day off due to the possibility of rain on opening day, the two teams will get back at it on Wednesday under the lights of Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox will look to start the season off with two straight wins over the divisional opponent, while the Yankees will look to rebound from a rough opening day.

On the mound for the Red Sox will be Clay Buchholz. Last season, the 28-year-old was 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 129 strikeouts over 189.1 innings. He didn’t exactly win any awards last April, posting a 8.69 ERA in five starts. He didn’t do any better against the Yankees going 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA against them in 2012. However, Buchholz will look to build off of Jon Lester’s great outing on Monday.

The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face the Red Sox. In 2012, the 38-year-old set career highs in wins, starts, innings and strikeouts. He went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 167 strikeouts. Kuroda was steady force for the Bronx Bombers and was on the mound every five games for them, pitching 219.2 innings. After CC Sabathia struggled on opening day, the MLB veteran will look to come out with a win.

Red Sox fans around the world will once again look to see if Bradley Jr. can excel at the major league level. Additionally, with Iglesias’ hot start on Monday, can the shortstop prospect keep up the hitting and give the front office a tough decision to make when Stephen Drew returns?

If the Red Sox can open the season taking 2-of-3 from the Yankees, they will be on the right track to recovering from 2012. With the youth and new character players, this team has the chance to head towards extra baseball in October.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.