Update: Xander Bogaerts left with a hamstring injury but he said he feels better and he thinks (as of now) he can play Saturday.
NEW YORK – Yankees newcomer Josh Donaldson’s walkoff single in the 11th inning won it for New York.
The Yankees never led until the end when Donaldson found a hole between shortstop and second. New York won 6-5 over the Red Sox on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox failed to score the extra-inning ghost runner in the 11th.
Yankees righty Michael King struck out both Alex Verdugo and Trevor Story swinging. He then got Bobby Dalbec to ground out to end the inning. Trevor Story went 0-for-5 in his debut.
Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead 5-4 with a one-out single to left field that scored the ghost runner (Jonathan Araúz) in the 10th.
But Bogaerts walked off slowly after the 10th inning and came out of the game because of a hamstring injury. Araúz replaced him at shortstop.
Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Brasier helps Red Sox escape in 10th
Ryan Brasier inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a 5-4 lead in the 10th.
Jake Diekman started the ninth by hitting DJ LeMahieu with the extra-inning ghost runner at second base. He retired Joey Gallo on a groundout, then intentionally walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora brought in Brasier who allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly to Gleyber Torres.
But he then struck out Isiah Kiner-Falefa to keep it a 5-5 game.
Diekman allowed seven earned runs in 4 ⅓ innings (14.54 ERA) over five Grapefruit League outings.
Robles keeps it tied in the ninth
Cora asked Hansel Robles to pitch the ninth inning in a 4-4 game despite his brief spring training.
Robles did his job. He retired the side, including striking out Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton.
Robles made just two spring training appearances, the final two Grapefruit League games.
The righty signed a minor league deal March 19 but he did not arrive at Red Sox spring training camp until March 31 because of a visa delay.
The visa issue limited him to a minor league deal because the Red Sox did not know when he would arrive and could not give him a physical until he did.
Verdugo makes diving catch, then puts the Red Sox ahead
Alex Verdugo made a diving catch on DJ LeMahieu’s sinking 100.8 mph line drive to left field to end the fifth inning. It kept the game tied 3-3 as the Yankees had runners at first and second.
Verdugo then delivered an RBI single on a ground ball to right field that found a hole with the infield playing in, putting the Red Sox ahead 4-3 in the sixth.
Verdugo made a sliding catch on Josh Donaldson’s 91.7 mph liner to left field to begin the seventh.
LeMahieu ties it in the eighth
DJ LeMahieu tied the game in the eighth inning with a solo homer to right field off Garrett Whitlock’s 95.3 mph sinker.
Garrett Whitlock pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. He came back for the eighth and struck out Giancarlo Stanton, the first hitter. But he then gave up the blast to LeMahieu.
Rafael Devers put the Red Sox ahead 2-0 two batters into the game when he belted a 382-foot home run to right-center field off Gerrit Cole.
Xander Bogaerts followed with a single. JD Martinez knocked in Bogaerts with an RBI double to right field that made it 3-0.
The Yankees immediately answered in the bottom of the first inning. Anthony Rizzo’s 414-foot home run to right-center cut it to 3-2.
Giancarlo Stanton’s 358-foot blast to right field tied it 3-3 in the fourth inning. The line drive homer left Stanton’s bat at 116.3 mph.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched 5 innings, allowing three runs, five hits (two homers) and one walk while striking out seven.
He gave up homers on a hanging slider and splitter.
Eovaldi reached 100 mph with his four-seam fastball. He threw 24 four-seamers, averaging 98.2 mph, per Baseball Savant. He mixed in 17 curveballs, 15 sliders, 14 splitters and six cutters.
Whitlock records nine swings-and-misses
Garrett Whitlock recorded six swings-and-misses in the sixth and nine total over his 2 ⅓ innings.
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