Photo by Kelly O'Connor of

Photo by Kelly O’Connor of

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, the stories usually write themselves. Whether it’s a big play, an extra innings marathon, or a close contest, there is always something to talk about the next day. Thursday’s game was no exception, as Michael Pineda and his pine tar drenched hand stymied the Red Sox over 6 innings of 4 hit, 1 run baseball. Meanwhile, Clay Buccholz tossed 6 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 of which were earned), while striking out 6. The Red Sox ended up dropping the series opener by a final of 4-1.

  • Although Michael Pineda denied using any pine tar or illegal agent on the mound Thursday, judging by the pictures, it was pretty obvious he was lying. But while the fans and media will discuss the legality of the right hander’s performance, the Red Sox don’t seem to care about it. (Red Sox have no problem with Pineda pine tar)
  • While Koji’s greatness has been well documented, the same can’t be said for his fellow countryman. Despite no one outside Boston noticing, statistics show that Red Sox set-up man Junichi Tazawa has been among the leagues best reliever. (The “other” Boston reliever)
  • Ben Cherington doesn’t always reveal much about the Red Sox behind the scenes operations, but he did offer some interesting comments on Thursday. Of the subjects he discussed, the third year GM’s most intriguing thoughts regarded the future of Jon Lester and John Lackey. (Cherington talks outfield, Lester, Lackey)
  • Tweet of the day: Pedroia’s cockiness is always in mid-season form.