It may be only three losses, but for just the second time in Major League history both the Yankees and Red Sox are 0-3 after each team was swept in its season-opening series.
The only other time the two American League East powers both failed to win a game in their first three contests was 1966. In that season, the Red Sox and Yankees went on to finish ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 10-team American League.
Boston posted a 72-90 record, while the Yankees went just 70-89 for their seventh-worst winning percentage in club history. Considering the teams have played less than two percent of their games, there's no need to put much stock in these numbers. The fact remains though, that the last time both these teams sat winless at this point, Lyndon Johnson was still in office.
"We've all been through three-game losing streaks, but because it's the beginning of the year, it seems to be magnified a bit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "This has been a team that over the years has been very resilient, and I expect to see that again."
New York, in fact, had six losing streaks of three or more games last season and the Red Sox had eight, including an 0-6 run to start the season.
The nature of some of the losses have made the winless starts especially painful, with each team squandering at least one ninth-inning lead on its way to getting swept. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blew his first save opportunity of the season as the Rays rallied to win the season opener, 7-6. The Red Sox outdid their rivals on Sunday, blowing a three-run, ninth-inning lead and then scoring two in the 11th en route to a 13-12 walk-off loss to the Tigers.
Sunday's loss brought along another piece of history for the Red Sox, as it marked just the seventh time in franchise history and the first since 1970 that Boston put up 12 or more runs and still lost.
Boston will try to avoid its second consecutive 0-4 start to the season when the Sox travel to Toronto on Monday. As for the Yankees, a loss to the Orioles on Monday would drop them to 0-4 for just the third time in club history, and the first since 1973.