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Monday, April 1st (All times Eastern)

Boston Red Sox (0-0) at New York Yankees (0-0), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (0-0, 0.00) NY Yankees - CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees enter the 2013 season with as much uncertainty than at any time in the last 20 years. They kick off their campaign on Monday against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

With an eye towards the $189 million luxury tax threshold next season, the Yankees allowed Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez to leave via free agency.

To make matters worse, injuries have swept New York much like the way the Detroit Tigers did in the 2012 ALCS, taking out Curtis Granderson with a fractured forearm, Mark Teixeira with a strained wrist and Alex Rodriguez with a torn hip labrum.

And of course, Derek Jeter will also start the year on the disabled list, as he deals with inflammation in his surgically repaired ankle. It's just the second time in the remarkable 18-year career of Jeter that he won't be in the lineup on Opening Day.

In fact only three players - Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano - were in the Opening Day lineup last season.

"We've gone through it here and there with some injuries," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Our guys have found a way, and I really believe they'll do that."

The Yankees were relatively quiet this offseason, but did sign former Boston standout Kevin Youkilis, who was traded by the Red Sox to Chicago at the trade deadline last year.

In addition to Youkilis, the Yankees have filled their voids with castoffs such as Brennan Bosch, Lyle Overbay and most notably Vernon Wells, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim a week ago.

There are some familiar faces in the starting rotation, but it is not without question marks of its own. One of those question marks include the big left- hander Sabathia, who will be on the hill Monday.

Sabathia made two trips to the DL in 2012 and had surgery this offseason to remove bone spurs in his elbow. Sabathia's said he's healthy, though, and ready to improve upon a season that saw him go 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA.

Boston, meanwhile, is trying to erase the memories of its worst season since 1965 when the Red Sox finished an embarrassing 62-100. Sweeping changes were made after the 93-loss season, as manager John Farrell was hired to replace Bobby Valentine in an effort to repair a pitching staff that finished 27th in the majors in ERA (5.19).

The Red Sox also bolstered their lineup this offseason with the additions of Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. However, designated hitter David Ortiz and shortstop Stephen Drew will both miss time at the start of the year with injuries.

But, if Boston is going to make any noise this year in what is expected to be a competitive AL East Farrell is going to have work his magic with the pitching staff, most notably Monday's Opening Day starter Jon Lester.

Lester's confidence completely disappeared last season and he ended a miserable season, 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA.

This will be the 30th Opening Day matchup between these hated rivals with the Yankees holding an 18-11-1 edge.

04/01 10:22:58 ET

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Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
2nd
DUKE 7
UNC 28
 
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LOS
CAR
Half
MIA 40
LAC 58
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
CHI
3rd
WVU 3
KST 20
 
2nd
DUKE 7
UNC 28
 
9:30pm Tonight
TXST
ARKST
Final
AKR 66
USC 46
Final
UCONN 65
COC 57
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MIAMI 66
DREX 46
Final
BC 69
NMU 65
Final
CHAR 106
PSU 97
 
Final
MICH 71
DET 62
Final
WMARY 100
BFLD 57
 
Final
USCU 107
BOBJONES 41
 
Final
UCF 76
ECKERD 59
 
Final
PURD 82
GRAM 30
 
Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
RFLSH 102
KEYSTONE 69
 
Final
VCU 106
MDES 66
 
Final
PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
Final
BRY 72
UNH 63
 
Final
PETE 59
NIAG 61
 
Final
STET 96
PBAT 85
 
Final
WAGN 83
SUNYWEST 49
 
Final
IOWA 57
TEX 71
 
Final
TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
Final
SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
Final
TENNM 115
CBC 29
 
2nd
MD 59
FORD 46
 
2nd
WVU 73
GMAS 49
 
2nd
RAD 36
HOW 34
 
2nd
MURST 60
BRESCIA 30
 
2nd
VILL 39
BUCK 35
 
2nd
TENST 37
FISK 35
 
2nd
HARV 51
FATL 33
 
2nd
MINN 77
FRANKPRCE 36
 
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TULA 51
MVSU 30
 
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TCU 60
NO 42
 
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NW 44
UNF 38
 
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LSUALEX 48
NWST 51
 
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IND 40
SMU 43
 
2nd
UAB 40
SFLA 38
 
2nd
EILL 38
UCD 48
 
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SAV 26
WINT 28
 
Half
NIOWA 29
MRGST 30
 
1st
MISS 26
SOUTH 13
 
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SCAR 35
CORN 21
 
1st
VANDY 13
LIP 6
 
1st
ARST 13
LMU 8
 
1st
ALA 22
SMISS 17
 
1st
GRCN 7
TXARL 9
 
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NILL
IDAHO
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CAL
SYR
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GAELS
DEN
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NARZ
FRES
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PAC
PACU
 
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SDST
CALST
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UCLA
NICST
 
2nd
PHI 0
MIN 0
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 3
NAS 1
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
STL 1
 
2nd Intermission
TOR 4
TAM 1
 
2nd
WIN 2
DET 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
ARI 1
 
1st
CAL 0
CHI 2
 
1st
COL 0
WAS 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
ANA
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LOS
CAR
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SJS
FLA
2nd
OAK 14
KAN 0