Wade Miley

Wade Miley confirms he will start his season against Yankees

Rob Bradford
March 31, 2015 - 11:35 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After his latest spring training outing -- this one coming Tuesday on the Fenway South backfields against Minnesota Triple-A hitters -- Wade Miley offered some clarity for what has been a somewhat secretive pitching rotation. The left-hander said he will make his first start of the season against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, presumably Friday, April 10. That would mean that Justin Masterson is most likely slotted in the No. 3 spot, lining him up to face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Red Sox manager John Farrell was once again non-committal earlier Tuesday when asked if he was ready to announce the team's No. 3 starter.) The 29-year-old has pitched in Yankee Stadium just one time, getting a no-decision while three runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings during a Diamondbacks loss on April 17, 2013. "That's going to be pretty special," Miley said of making his Red Sox debut against the Yankees. Miley has been solid for most of spring training, this time turning in a 6 2/3-inning performance in which he threw 98 pitches while allowing one run on four hits. Other than the lefty's hiccup during a March 15 relief appearance against Philadelphia in which he allowed four runs on six hits while walking three in three innings. Since the Philly outing, Miley has given up three runs over 11 innings in two Grapefruit League starts. Ryan Hanigan caught Miley's outing Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with a walk. Miley also reported that the 14-foot boat he bought in order to fish with his teammates in back of Fenway South will be handed over to the grounds crew until their return next February.