The first Yankees-Red Sox bout of the season was set to be a cold, yet fiery pitching duel between both team aces -- LHP Chris Sale and RHP Luis Severino.
Severino came into the game with a 1.38 ERA and sub-one WHIP after his first starts of the season. He also had two great starts in Fenway Park last season, which made the prospect of facing the red hot Sox and their ace as doable.
But this wasn't the Severino the Yankees are used to seeing.
Severino's command was falty early on, and it showed when the Sox got on the board quickly after a Hanley Ramirez single in the bottom of the first. The bottom of the second was even worse, as Andrew Benintendi roped a triple to right field, scoring Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts. Ramirez would add another RBI single to his box score in the next at-bat making it 4-0 Sox.
He would settle down in the third with a quick 1-2-3 frame, but the Red Sox would tack on another run when Ramirez lofted a sac fly to right field to score Benintendi for his third RBI on the night.
Severino's chilly Fenway night would see him take the loss after allowing five earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six and walking three over five innings.
So, what was going on with the 24-year-old hurler? Manager Aaron Boone noted that Severino may have been tipping his pitches.
"We've address certain things in the past," Boone told The Post's Dan Martin. "We've notcied things from time to time. We're always as vigilant as we can be with what he may or may not be doing."
Severino said he didn't feel as if he was tipping any pitches, but video evidence won't lie when he analyzes his start later this week.
"I don't know if I was tipping or if they saw something, but the game is not the time to be working on it," he said. "I need to see video to see what's going on, if there is anything going on."
Either way, Severino couldn't stymie the Red Sox hot bats in his first loss of the season.