Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kelly, Warren tabbed for Bronx matinee

After the Red Sox and Yankees combined to use 17 pitchers and toss 268 pitches Friday night, the rivals complete their first turn through the rotation Saturday afternoon, with right-handers Joe Kelly and Adam Warren getting the ball at Yankee Stadium.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday night that Kelly, who missed time in Spring Training with a right biceps issue, will come off the disabled list to start the second game of the three-game series. The Red Sox were encouraged enough by Kelly's bullpen session on Wednesday to give him the start, even though he may not be able to throw as many pitches as he normally would.
Warren easily won the job as the Yankees' fifth starter in a Spring Training competition after Chris Capuano went down with an injury. A starter in the Minor Leagues, Warren has started just three times in 104 Major League games, and last season he was used entirely out of the bullpen.
What to watch for:
• Kelly won both his starts against the Yankees last year, after coming to the Red Sox at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in the John Lackey deal with the Cardinals. Kelly pitched into the seventh inning in a 9-4 win at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 2, and he then pitched into the eighth in a 10-4 win on the next-to-last day of the regular season at Fenway Park.
• Warren was outstanding against the Red Sox while pitching out of the bullpen last year, giving up just one run on four hits in 12 1/3 innings, with 13 strikeouts. While Warren hasn't started a regular-season game since Sept. 27, 2013, and has never pitched more than five innings in a big league game, he was stretched out as a starter this spring.
• Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there's a chance he'll give Alex Rodriguez the day off. Rodriguez has been the Yanks' designated hitter for each of the first four games of the season. Girardi hasn't yet decided when he'll use A-Rod at a defensive position.

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