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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
2nd
TOR 54
NYK 45
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
2nd
LIP 50
PEAY 43
 
2nd
DEN 33
BRY 33
 
2nd
MONT 52
SD 48
 
2nd
MTST 44
TENST 32
 
2nd
SAMF 39
LAMON 34
 
Half
SCAR 35
COKR 23
 
1st
HAMP 20
NARZ 18
 
1st
SDU 26
SDCHR 12
 
1st
BC 26
USC 24
 
1st
NICST 0
TROY 0
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
 
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
 
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
4th
MIA 37
MIN 35
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
1st
STL 3
NYG 10
 
1st
OAK 0
BUF 0
 
1st
DAL 0
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA