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Josh Donaldson offers opening day on Yankees debut – The Denver Post

Josh Donaldson scored a single down the middle in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Yankees rallied for the third time on Friday, then ultimately earned a 6-5 11-inning victory over the Red Sox on Opening Day at the Yankee Stadium.

In the bottom of the 10th, DJ LeMahieu was hit by a pitch and the Red Sox intentionally walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases with Marwin Gonzalez as the phantom runner in third. Torres’ pinch hit Kyle Higashioka against Ryan Brasier, bringing the tying run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Isiah Kiner-Falefa retired after 10 pitches to finish the inning still tied.

Kiner-Falefa was at second base as a ghost runner in the 11th when Donaldson, playing his first game as a Yankee, earned a 90-mile-per-hour cutter from Red Sox reliever Kutter Crawford for the victory.

It was the Yankees’ first lead of the day, after being holed up early by starter Gerrit Cole.

Xander Bogaerts isolated Michael King with an out in the top of the 10th inning, to bring the ghost runner on a short looper to left field and give the Red Sox their third and final lead of the day after hammering Gerrit Cole early.

The judge lined up a hanging slider in the corner of left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Sox intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to face Giancarlo Stanton, and the Bombers’ ninth chance for victory was foiled by former Mets reliever Hansel Robles, who swung Stanton on an 87 mph slider .

Cole picked up where he left off, unfortunately for the Yankees. The ace, who was chased off the mound by the Red Sox in last October’s Wild Card game, came out and was hit hard in the opener of the 2022 season. Cole didn’t register a strikeout before allowed three runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer to Rafael Devers.

It immediately brought back memories of his disastrous start last October when the Red Sox chased him down after finishing just two innings.

On Friday, he allowed those three runs on four hits. He walked one — leadoff hitter Enrique Hernandez on four pitches — and struck out three. Cole had 11 swings and misses, but not one on his fastball.

The Red Sox left their mark on Cole last season. Including the two innings he went in the Wild Card Game loss, Cole allowed 15 earned runs in 24 innings pitched against the Red Sox for a nasty 5.63 ERA bruise.

Cole went four innings — and the Yankees batted him — but it wasn’t the tone the Bombers needed their $324 million man to set on Friday. The American League East is shaping up to be a brawl between the Blue Jays, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees. The Bombers start the season with 10 straight divisional games — seven against the Red Sox and Blue Jays, who they’ll likely battle for a playoff spot again this year.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run shot and Giancarlo Stanton landed his fifth career home run on Opening Day (fourth as a Yankee) to let Cole go with the game tied at 3-3.

Clay Holmes gave up an RBI single to Alex Verdugo in the sixth to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead, but DJ LeMahieu tied it with his first homer of the season.



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