Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Boston Takes Extra-Inning Win On Pedro Ciriaco's Bloop

The Red Sox took their series against the Yankees with a 3-2 win in extra innings Sunday night thanks to a go-ahead bloop from Pedro Ciriaco.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Final Score: Pedro Ciriaco's Bloop Gives Sox 3-2 Win

The Red Sox took their series against the Yankees with a 3-2 win in extra innings Sunday night thanks to a go-ahead bloop from Pedro Ciriaco.

While the Red Sox would see all of five pitches in producing three outs in the first, they would do a lot more to Kuroda in the second. An Adrian Gonzalez single around the shift, Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk, and Ryan Sweeney double into the gap would produce a pair of runs, giving them an early lead for the second straight night.

Kuroda would rebound impressively from there, but would be matched for much of the game by Felix Doubront. Early aggression from the Yankees would cost them, leading to a 1-2-3 first and plenty of strikeouts for Doubront, who would struggle with control as the game went on. A pair of walks in the fourth left him with five free passes early on before he settled down with four strikeouts between the fifth and the sixth.

It would not be until the seventh that the Yankees managed anything off of Doubront. A leadoff homer from Russell Martin cut the lead in half, and Ichiro Suzuki grabbed an infield single to put the tying run in scoring position. Jayson Nix would strike out after failing to get a bunt down, but Ichiro managed to snag second all-the-same. Ultimately, it was the threat of Ryan Sweeney's arm which would save a run, as Ichiro stopped rounding third on a single to right off of Matt Albers, and then only bluffed on a shallow fly ball to left induced by Andrew Miller--Carl Crawford's throw home would have nailed him--before a Mark Teixeira ground ball ended the threat.

Still, in the eighth the Yankees would finally manage to equalize things. After four strong outs from Andrew Miller, the lefty surrendered a two-out double to Andruw Jones (why he was left in to face the lefty-masher we'll likely never know) before Russell Martin lined a single up the middle off of Alfredo Aceves to make it 2-2.

The teams would end up going into the tenth, but it wouldn't last beyond that. Trying to drop a bunt down with Jarrod Saltalamacchia on first, Will Middlebrooks was hit on the hand while pulling the bat back--an event that normally would give him first base. This time, however, the umpire went down as well, unable to make the right call. Bobby Valentine and Josh Beckett would both get ejected in the ensuing shouting, but Middlebrooks made everything better by singling through the left side of the infield to move Saltalamacchia into scoring position. Up came Pedro Ciriaco, the King of Clutch from the preseason, and once again he was able to come through. His hit wasn't hard, or impressive, but it was a well-placed bloop, and in the end the run on the board was all that mattered. Alfredo Aceves came back out to end things in the tenth, and the Sox left New York with a series win.


Final - 7.29.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 0
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7 0
WP: Alfredo Aceves (2 - 6)
LP: David Robertson (1 - 4)

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 3

The Red Sox will wrap up their road trip to New York Sunday night as they face the Yankees in the rubber game of their three-game set.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in New Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 2, Mid 10th -- The most unlikely King of Clutch continues to earn his title: Pedro Ciriaco has delivered again. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia walking to start the inning, Will Middlebrooks squared down to bunt, and was promptly hit in the hand by the pitch. The umpire, however, went down too, and was unable to make the call that Middlebrooks had been hit trying to pull the bat back, which should have given him first. Bobby Valentine came out to argue, and found himself headed back to the locker room along with Josh Beckett, ejected from the bench.

Middlebrooks, however, was not to be denied. A single through the left side put the runner in scoring position all-the-same, and a ground ball only led to one out, moving Salty to third. Up came Pedro Ciriaco, and the shortstop did what he does best: found the grass. It wasn't a hard hit, but it was perfectly placed, a bloop into right field that brought Saltalamacchia home from third and gave the Sox the lead.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 2, End 9th -- Curtis Granderson gives one a ride with two outs, but the Sox are able to survive the inning nonetheless, leaving them headed to extra innings.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 2, Mid 9th -- The Red Sox are given an absolute gift when Rafael Soriano hits Carl Crawford to lead off the inning, but waste it with three outs from some of the best hitters in the lineup. The Yankees will have a chance to walk off in the bottom half.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 2, End 8th -- And of course the game is tied. Andrew Miller continues to pitch well while recording two outs, but for some reason is left in to face Andruw Jones, who has become a designated lefty-masher. The result is a double, and when Alfredo Aceves comes in, Russell Martin comes to the plate and smacks a single up the middle, bringing Boston's lead to an end.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 1, Mid 8th -- Kuroda manages his sixth straight scoreless inning, retiring the Sox in order in the eighth. It's been an uninspiring offensive night for Boston, but they've still got the lead with just two frames to go.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 1, End 7th -- The Red Sox survive a tense seventh inning by the thinnest of margins. A leadoff homer from Russell Martin quickly cuts the deficit to one, and Ichiro Suzuki beats out an infield single to put the tying run on first without an out on the board. Jayson Nix ends up striking out after failing to get a bunt down, but with Matt Albers in the game, Ichiro manages to snag second base all-the-same.

A Derek Jeter single could have meant the end for Boston's lead, but it went to Ryan Sweeney in right, and with Ichiro not willing to test his arm, the Yankees were forced to settle for runners at the corners with one out. The hit also prompts Andrew Miller's entry into the game. A shallow fly ball to Carl Crawford led to just a bluff from Ichiro (which proved to be the right move, as Crawford got the ball home in a hurry), and with Mark Teixeira grounding out, the inning was over.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 7th -- You'll never guess how the Yankees got out of this inning. It was cra--

Oh, yeah, a double play, how ever did you know?

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 6th -- A two-out single breaks up a streak of four straight strikeouts for Felix Doubront, but a pop-up from Andruw Jones keeps the Yankees scoreless through six innings in Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 6th -- Somehow, a leadoff double from Jacoby Ellsbury does not end up scoring, even with Carl Crawford picking up a hit behind him. Derek Jeter manages to get to a low line drive off Crawford's bat, if not grab it, keeping Ellsbury at second. A fly ball would move him along to third, but Adrian Gonzalez hit a ground ball leading to yet another double play to end the sixth.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 5th -- Doubront recovers from his fourth inning difficulties by striking out two men in his first 1-2-3 frame since the first inning.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 5th -- The bottom of the order goes down in rapid fashion in the fifth, leaving Kuroda with nine men faced in three innings, albeit thanks largely to a pair of double play balls.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 4th -- Felix Doubront is putting on one of the most laborious shutout appearances you'll see tonight. Two more walks in the fourth leave him at five free passes so far, but with the Yankees' swings not producing any hits, he's surviving so far.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 4th -- The parade of double plays continues, as the Yankees turn two after Adrian Gonzalez leads off the fourth with another hit to make it another 1-2-3 frame.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 3rd -- Doubront ends up giving up two more walks--a concerning sign from a guy who struggles with efficiency--but picks up a double play in-between and gets a fly ball from Mark Teixeira to end things without too much difficulty.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 3rd -- Jacoby Ellsbury manages to beat out a throw to first to get the Red Sox off to a good start in the third, but Dustin Pedroia grounds into a double play with one down, leaving the team unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 2nd -- A seeing-eye single from the returning Nick Swisher and a walk to Russell Martin cost Felix Doubront his first two baserunners, but Dustin Pedroia gets an Ichiro Suzuki ground ball to first in time to end the inning without a run coming in.

Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 2nd -- Once again, Sox fans are treated to a rare early lead, this time coming in the second. Adrian Gonzalez gets things started with a leadoff single, taking advantage of the shift by grounding through the left side of the infield. While Hiroki Kuroda manages to surround a walk of Jarrod Saltalamacchia with strikeouts from Cody Ross and Will Middlebrooks, he falls victim to the third left-handed hitter of the inning, with Ryan Sweeney smacking a double into the gap in left field to give the Sox the 2-0 lead.

Red Sox 0, Yankees 0, End 1st -- Is this Red Sox - Yankees? Less than 15 minutes in, and we're through the first. While Felix Doubront doesn't feature quite the ruthless efficiency of Kuroda, it's only because strikeouts to Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson require at least three pitches a piece. Mark Teixeira does manage to put the ball in play, but he finds the glove of Ryan Sweeney in right, ending the inning without incident.

Red Sox 0, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- Before you can so much as blink, the Red Sox are gone in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury hits a fly ball which doesn't require any real movement from Andruw Jones to make the grab. Three pitches and two ground balls later, and Hiroki Kuroda is headed back to the dugout with just five pitches on his arm.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Pedro Ciriaco Starts At Short Against Hiroki Kuroda

The Red Sox are out for a series win against the Yankees and a return to .500 Sunday night as they take on Hiroki Kuroda in New Yankee Stadium. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on ESPN and WEEI.

After evening up the series with a win against a top-quality southpaw in CC Sabathia Saturday, the Sox will go back to their more typical lineup as they take on the right-handed Kuroda. The one major exception: Pedro Ciriaco starting at shortstop in place of Mike Aviles, batting ninth.

Though Ciriaco is a righty, he's had massive reverse splits so far with the Sox this year, hitting southpaws poorly but producing a .455 average against right-handed pitching. He'll try and provide some more hits to turn the lineup over for Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford, who returns to left field after a day off.

Boston Red Sox (50-51)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, DH
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS

New York Yankees (60-40)

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B
  5. Nick Swisher, DH
  6. Andruw Jones, LF
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  9. Jayson Nix, 3B


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Felix Doubront vs Hiroki Kuroda

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Felix Doubront Vs. Hiroki Kuroda: Red Sox Pitcher Has Better Matchup

There isn't a lot riding on the Red Sox/Yankees rubber match on Sunday, except for bragging rights. But that's enough to keep both players and fans intrigued by this matchup. Here, we'll take a quick look at the pitching duel between Felix Doubront of the Sox and Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees.

Doubront is making his third start of the season against the Bombers, in which case he is 1-0 against them. In his earliest start against the Yankees, Doubront went six innings and allowed one run before the Red Sox fell 15-9. In his most recent start against New York, Doubront allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

No Yankees batter has faced the 24-year-old Doubront more than eight times, but Mark Texeira has been most successful with four RBIs in six plate appearances.

By contrast, Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Ross have 54 combined plate appearances against Hiroki Kuroda, with Gonzalez posting this line: .308 BA/.438 OBP/.629 SLG, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 6 walks.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Preview: Boston Goes For Rubber Match In New York

The Red Sox look to take the rubber match against the Yankees on Sunday, as the teams have split the first two games of their three-game series this weekend. There should be plenty of drama. Even though the Yankees are at the very top of the AL East Division and the Red Sox are fifth, Boston isn't backing down from New York for a even a second.

Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.34 ERA) will face Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.54 ERA in the pitchers' duel.

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Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 8:05 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Final Score: Curtis Granderson's Blunder Helps Sox To 8-6 Win

The Red Sox took an 8-6 win over the New York Yankees Saturday night, and they have Curtis Granderson to thank for it.

Long before Granderson left his mark on the game, however, it was Adrian Gonzalez and Will Middlebrooks getting the job done for the Red Sox. After singles from Pedro Ciriaco and Dustin Pedroia with one out in the first, Gonzalez hit a rocket to right field, doubling home Ciriaco and reaching scoring position himself to give the Sox an early lead. Cody Ross could get neither man home, managing just a pop-up, but Will Middlebrooks was up to the task behind him, blasting another hard drive off of CC Sabathia, this time to the gap in left for a two-run double.

Jon Lester would finally manage to get through a clean first inning, and in fact retired the first eight batters he saw on the night. A Chris Stewart home run would break up both the perfect game and the shutout with two down in the third, but Lester got right back on the horse with a 1-2-3 fourth.

The fifth inning would seem at first to be the key frame for the Red Sox. Once again it was Pedro Ciriaco and Dustin Pedroia setting the table, this time with a single-walk combination. With two outs already on the board, however, Gonzalez knew that, unlike in the first, it all rested on him to get them home. So when Sabathia offered him up a hanging curveball, he didn't miss the opportunity, launching a three-run shot to right field that put the Sox in a seemingly commanding 6-1 lead.

Lester, however, has not been one to hold big leads this year, and sure enough the bottom of the fifth saw him struggle in a big way. A four-pitch walk to start the inning, and then a bad pitch to Jayson Nix quickly made it 6-3, as the third baseman launched a two-run shot of his own to right. Another pair of baserunners would soon follow, allowing the Yankees to manufacture a third run with a bunt and ground ball.

The Sox would manage to hold the lead into the eighth, but the signs there would quickly turn sour. Curtis Granderson twice just missed tying the game with a two-run shot, sending foul balls deep to foul territory in right before striking out against Vicente Padilla. Inevitably, though, it would come down to Padilla and his arch-rival in Mark Teixeira. A 2-0, 51 MPH Eephus would fall in for a strike, and the 96 MPH fastball that followed left the park, giving the Yankees the tie they'd been chasing since the first.

In the end, though, it was a miracle courtesy of Curtis Granderson that would save the game for the Red Sox. With one down and Jacoby Ellsbury on first in the ninth, Pedro Ciriaco lifted a looping fly ball to center field. Granderson should have been able to play it with ease, but instead he ended up twisted around, only able to make a late lunge as the ball hit the grass and Jacoby Ellsbury raced all the way home. With Pedro Ciriaco able to reach third on the misplay, the Sox were able to add an insurance run on a loud Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly. Alfredo Aceves came in to pitch a clean ninth, and the Red Sox left winners.


Final - 7.28.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 8 11 0
New York Yankees 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 6 6 0
WP: Andrew Miller (3 - 1)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (22)
LP: Rafael Soriano (2 - 1)

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 2

The Red Sox and Yankees are set to resume their series after a lengthy rain delay as Jon Lester takes on CC Sabathia in New Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 6, Mid 9th -- It's a miracle in the Bronx for the Red Sox. Or perhaps it's better to just call it a gift. With one out and Jacoby Ellsbury on first, Pedro Ciriaco hits a lazy fly ball to center that should be an easy out for Curtis Granderson. Instead, the outfielder gets twisted around tracking back, and looks the fool making a late backwards lunge to try and make the grab. No such luck. The ball gets down, allowing Ellsbury to race all the way home to give the Sox the lead and moving Ciriaco to third. Afterwards, a hard drive to left from Dustin Pedroia does end up in Raul Ibanez' glove, but it's well deep enough to bring in Ciriaco for a helpful insurance run.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, End 8th -- And Mark Teixeira not only wins this most recent edition of his war with Vicente Padilla, but maybe wins the game for the Yankees. The homer was always in the cards for the Yankees, with Curtis Granderson launching back-to-back one-out bombs that just barely went foul. While Padilla would manage to strike the outfielder out, Mark Teixeira came to the plate, took a 2-0 Eephus pitch for a strike, and then blasted a 96 MPH fastball for a no-doubt two-run shot to right, tying the game up before Andrew Miller entered to pick up the third out of the inning.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, Mid 8th -- The Sox still don't have another run, but Will Middlebrooks picked up his second hit of the night and ninth in some 18 at bats. He seems to finally be over the adjustment hump again, and is driving the ball with some very real authority.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, End 7th -- Matt Albers gets the Sox the first of three relief innings they need to grab this win, retiring the bottom of the order with mid-90s gas.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, Mid 7th -- David Phelps picks up a 1-2-3 seventh inning, albeit with a ton of hard contact including a deep drive to right that had to be run down by Ichiro Suzuki to send the game to the bottom of the seventh.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, End 6th -- An otherwise forgettable outing for Jon Lester becomes notable when he strikes out Robinson Cano for his sixth strikeout of the game and the one thousandth of his career.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, Mid 6th -- A seeing-eye single from Daniel Nava is the only thing breaking up an otherwise-perfect inning for CC Sabathia, bouncing back from his difficulties in the fifth.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, End 5th -- It would be funny if it weren't so sad. For what seems like the twentieth time this season, Jon Lester was given a big lead, and then let the other team back in the game immediately.

The lead shrank almost immediately to three runs, with Lester surrendering a four-pitch walk and then giving up a two-run shot to Jayson Nix. The baserunners didn't stop there, however, as the Yankees quickly grabbed another walk and a single. Chris Stewart gifted Lester with his first out on a bunt, but it at least did its job, as a Derek Jeter ground ball was able to bring a third run in. A strikeout of Curtis Granderson finally ended things, but not before all hopes of a good outing were lost.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 1, Mid 5th -- The lead grows significantly in one of the best ways possible. With two outs, the Sox get baserunners on a Pedro Ciriaco single and Dustin Pedroia walk, bringing Adrian Gonzalez to the plate. CC Sabathia makes one bad pitch, a hanging curveball, and Gonzalez is all over it, crushing it over the wall in right for a three-run shot--his tenth of the year and fourth of the month.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 4th -- Lester bounces back after the homer, striking out Curtis Granderson and then, after a single, snagging a ball back to the mound in the air and tossing to first to turn a double play.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, Mid 4th -- Will Middlebrooks continues to see the ball well, drawing a one-out walk to break up a stretch of some nine straight retired batters by Sabathia. The Sox go down 1-2 behind him, however, leaving them stuck at three runs another inning.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 3rd -- Jon Lester's run of eight straight batters retired is brought to an emphatic end by Chris Stewart, who grabs his first home run of the year on a pitch that doesn't stay quite as outside as Lester would've wanted it. Still, low in the zone and not exactly a meatball, credit Stewart for doing with it what he did.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0, Mid 3rd -- CC Sabathia responds with a 1-2-3 inning of his own. Only the first inning separates the two, but that was a big one for the Sox.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0, End 2nd -- Another quick 1-2-3 inning for Jon Lester, who has now retired the first six batters of the game. Robinson Cano at least put some good wood on the ball, lining out to center field, but a pop-up from Andruw Jones and strikeout of Jayson Nix suggests that's not exactly a sign of impending doom.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0, Mid 2nd -- The second inning doesn't go nearly as well for the Red Sox against Sabathia. Eight pitches earns the lefty two strikeouts of Mike Aviles and Daniel Nava, and while Jacoby Ellsbury is able to fight off a good few pitches, he ends up grounding out easily on the eighth to end the frame.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0, End 1st -- Amazingly, Jon Lester is out of the first in very quick fashion. The inning that has caused him no end of trouble this year goes by on just 13 pitches, with a Mark Teixeira strikeout capping it off. Perhaps the rain delay was all Lester needed to make it feel like the middle innings early on.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- The two hour rain delay has thrown CC Sabathia out of sorts, it seems. After striking out Jacoby Ellsbury on a curveball, the inning went completely off the rails for the Yankees' southpaw. Pedro Ciriaco and Dustin Pedroia got things started with back-to-back line drive singles, bringing Adrian Gonzalez to the plate with a runner in scoring position.

The first baseman would deliver, crushing a long double to the right field wall, giving the Sox the 1-0 lead and putting two men in scoring position. Cody Ross just narrowly missed making it 4-0, getting out ahead of a very hittable pitch to send a towering fly ball foul before ultimately popping up to shallow center, but this time the big two-out hit came, with Will Middlebrooks lining a double to the gap in left. With both runners scoring, the Sox entered the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Carl Crawford Sits Against CC Sabathia

The Red Sox will look to even up their series against the Yankees at 1-1 Saturday afternoon as they send Jon Lester to the mound against CC Sabathia. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on FOX and WEEI.

The big news is that, after being demoted to seventh against previous left-handed starters, Carl Crawford finds himself completely out against CC Sabathia. While it's possible this was a scheduled day off for the left fielder, still recently back from injury, it's hard to imagine it wasn't set with Sabathia in mind. Daniel Nava, equally helpless against southpaws, will take his place in left field, batting ninth.

Otherwise, it's the typical Red Sox lineup vs. a left-handed pitcher. Unfortunately, that lineup has seen precious little success in recent days.

Boston Red Sox (48-50)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Pedro Ciriaco, DH
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Kelly Shoppach, C
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Daniel Nava, LF

New York Yankees (60-39)

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B
  5. Andruw Jones, LF
  6. Jayson Nix, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, DH
  8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  9. Chris Stewart, C


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Saturday, Jul 28, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Jon Lester vs CC Sabathia

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David Ortiz Injury Update: Ortiz Removes Walking Boot, Takes BP, But Return Date Unknown

David Ortiz is moving around without his walking boot, according to a report from MLB.com. The Red Sox slugger is recovering from a right Achilles strain and has missed 10 games since going on the 15 day DL. Ortiz took batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Friday, but is unsure when he'll be ready to play again:

"I don't know. Every day is different," Ortiz said. "Every day for me it has been improving. We'll see. If I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. I want to play."

The Red Sox would surely like to see him return to play sooner rather than later. The team has only three wins and has been outscored 74-26 in the 10 games Ortiz has missed.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Final Score: Sox Suffer 10-3 Defeat As Yankees Rout Aaron Cook

The Red Sox were handed a heavy defeat Friday night as the Yankees hit three homers against Boston pitching, leaving them losers in a 10-3 rout.

The game got off to a positive offensive start for Boston when Dustin Pedroia took a 3-2 Phil Hughes fastball into the stands in left for a solo shot and a 1-0 lead. The Sox would put two men in scoring position afterwards, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out to end the inning.

The Yankees, however, struck back in a hurry. With runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the first, Aaron Cook got a ground out from Mark Teixeira, but the Sox could not turn two. A run came in to score through the back door, and the next batter, Raul Ibanez, hit a line drive shot to the short porch in right to put the Yankees ahead 3-1.

The Sox would get one back in the third when Carl Crawford caught a hanging curveball and hit a big solo shot to right, but the Yankees would respond immediately with a sacrifice fly after a busted defensive play up the middle of the infield.

The Sox would once again grab a run when Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave the sox a third solo shot, but Cook's night would end in the fourth after another homer--this time of the two-run variety--put the Yankees ahead 6-3.

Phil Hughes would finally settle down from there, giving the retiring the Sox one-by-one through the end of the seventh. While Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller would keep them within three until the bottom of the eighth, when Mark Melancon fell apart, offering up a grand slam to Curtis Granderson that put the Sox in a completely insurmountable hole.


Final - 7.27.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
New York Yankees 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 X 10 10 0
WP: Phil Hughes (10 - 8)
LP: Aaron Cook (2 - 4)

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Carl Crawford Moves Back Up Against Right-Handed Phil Hughes

The Red Sox will open their three-game set against the Yankees Friday night as they send Aaron Cook to the mound against Phil Hughes. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

After a couple of games in the seventh spot against left-handed starters, Carl Crawford will move back up to the two-hole against the right-handed Phil Hughes. It's been another dismal start to a campaign for Crawford, who's found himself replaced in the late innings by Daniel Nava due to questions on his arm strength. Still, even last year he had passable numbers against right-handers (if not for a $20 million man), so the Sox can hope for some production against Hughes.

Daniel Nava, meanwhile, will likely not be making an appearance as a defensive replacement, as he takes on the role of designated hitter for the night. Ryan Sweeney will be the odd-man-out in the five-man outfield corps, with Cody Ross getting the nod in right field.

Boston Red Sox (49-50)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Daniel Nava, DH
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

New York Yankees (59-39)

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Raul Ibanez, LF
  6. Andruw Jones, DH
  7. Eric Chavez, 3B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  9. Russell Martin, C


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Boston Red Sox
@ New York Yankees

Friday, Jul 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Aaron Cook vs Phil Hughes

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Wally The Green Monster Costume Recovered By Boston Police

The costume for the Boston Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster, has been found after a reported theft of the costume from Fenway Park (via CBS Boston). The initial call to the police about the theft occurred at 2:22 p.m. on Friday.

The whole event seems to have been a misunderstanding.

Officers say the person who took the costume is a Red Sox employee who "neglected to inform the proper supervisor."

The Red Sox told WBZ-TV that the employee set out with the intention of spreading good cheer throughout Boston.

When the employee left the stadium (and stopped along Boylston Street to pose for pictures and visit an Apple store) a security officer noticed the missing costume and alerted authorities. Boston Police have made no arrests. Wally the Green Monster has been the mascot for the Red Sox since 1997.

The Red Sox are preparing to play the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees: Sox Head To New York Clinging To Life

The Red Sox and Yankees will renew their rivalry Friday night when they kick off a three-game set in New York, but will do so coming from very different places in their seasons.

For the Yankees, it's a chance to reassert their position as the best in the division and perhaps even the game.

It's also a chance for some exceptional schadenfreude--there's little better feeling than ending an arch-rival's season.

This opportunity comes, of course, because the Red Sox took a big opportunity, having come out of the gates with a 5-2 record in the second half, and squandered it, going 1-5 against the Blue Jays and a Rangers team with a very depleted pitching staff. As a result, they enter this series one game under .500, a full ten games out of the division lead, and on the verge of the abyss.

All hey can hope for now is a miracle in the Bronx.

Boston Red Sox (49-50) at New York Yankees (59-39)

Friday, July 27, 7:05 p.m. EST
NESN/MLB Network, WEEI
Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.50 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09 ERA)

For Aaron Cook, this start could end up as an audition. If the Sox should come out on the wrong side of this series, Cook could be a tempting trade target for a number of teams looking for a cheap, effective starter who just needs a decent defensive infield behind him to play in any park. That interest could evaporate, however, if he's shown up by a strong Yankees lineup. New York's greatest strength lies in the homer, however, and if there's one pitcher who's built to avoid that right now, Aaron Cook might be that man.

After a dismal start to the year, Phil Hughes has finally been following through on some of the potential he showed as a starter in his minor league career. A polar opposite of Cook, Hughes allows so many fly balls that it's a bit surprising to see how well he has fared in New Yankee Stadium with it's homer-friendly tendencies. That's will be his biggest concern against a Red Sox team that will have it's biggest power hitters happy to see some more righties.

Saturday, July 28, 4:05 p.m. EST
FOX
Jon Lester (5-8, 5.46 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.30 ERA)

At the top of his game, Jon Lester was arguably the better of these two top lefties. Today it's not even close: where Lester has been completely unable to find his rhythm on the mound this season, looking worse and worse each time out, Sabathia has entirely consistent--almost a carbon copy of his 2011 self. He's been solid in his first two starts back from injury, and against a Sox team that hasn't even been hitting minor-league lefties, he's a daunting opponent.

Sunday, July 29, 8:05 p.m. EST
ESPN
Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.54 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.34 ERA)

Doubront's outings had been lacking a feeling of sustainability of late, as he seemed to dodge bullets through luck and good timing more than anything else. All that came to an abrupt end in Texas, as the Rangers got to him for six runs in five innings, once again making Sox fans question if Doubront had hit the wall in his first major league season as a starter. He did a decent job against the Yankees earlier in July, but right now he seems headed in the wrong direction.

Strong outings against Toronto and Seattle have Hiroki Kuroda back on track after a couple of difficult games, but given that the Red Sox' seven-run attack against him on July 6 started that mini-slump, they'll have some hope of a repeat in New York. They've shown the ability to hit Kuroda, but that was with Ortiz, at a time when the offense was running a bit better than it has of late.

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Wally The Green Monster Has Been Stolen From Red Sox

Just hours before the Boston Red Sox are to take on the New York Yankees, their mascot Wally the Green Monster has been reported stolen. Police are on the look out to find the mascot costume and return it to Fenway Park in time for game Friday night.

The mascot costume was reported stolen at 2:22 p.m. when a call came from the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth streets. The police reports says that Wally the Green Monster was last seen near with the Boylston and Fairfield streets.

The culprit who stole the costume is actually wearing the outfit; however Red Sox fans should not be worried too much because there is a backup Wally the Green Monster costume.

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Preview: Friday Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The Red Sox are hosting the Yankees for the first time this season, and begin a three-game set Friday night.

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