Game over: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox are back to .500 and now six six games behind the Yankees. The Sox have lost 12 of the last 14 meetings between the teams dating back to last season. Not much to say about this one other than this game other than that Josh Beckett suffered a meltdown in the sixth inning, giving up six runs in the latest of what have been a series of poor performances by the righthander.
Back with more from the clubhouse later on.
Middle of the 9th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3
Pena singled but Swisher grounded into a double play.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3
Here come the Red Sox! OK, maybe not. Van Every, hitting for Drew, walked. Youkilis also walked betore Beltre delivered an RBI single.
Middle of the 8th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 2
Randy Winn singled, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thames.
Meanwhile, the Sox are down 10-2 and people are blithely singing Sweet Caroline. Sometimes it seems like half the fans are here for the experience, not the game. But it's like that in a lot of places.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2
Martinez singled but Hughes got Scutaro to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2
The Sox scored a run in the sixth as Drew doubled and scored on a single by Ortiz. Tim Wakefield started the seventh and retired the side in order. Martinez came in to catch him.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1
It's not often you see an accomplished, veteran player lose his poise. But that is what happened to Beckett in that inning.
Gardner: Intentional walk
Cervelli: Walk to force in a run
Winn: RBI single
Jeter: HBP to force in a run
Thames: RBI single
Teixeira: RBI single
At various points in the inning, Beckett seemed to be rearing back and just throwing as hard as he could with little regard for where the ball was going. He hit two batters and nearly hit Cervelli and Teixeira.
Several of the Yankees, including the normally placid CC Sabathia, were on the top step of the dugout yelling at Beckett.
Beckett had struck out seven over the first five innings. So either his control or his professionalism abandoned him in the sixth. Either way, the Red Sox are down by eight runs and Beckett now has an ugly 7.46 ERA.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Eventful inning so far. A-Rod doubled to left. Cano was then hit on the left knee by a Beckett pitch. He went to first base but left after two pitches and appears to be in a lot of pain. Ramiro Pena replaced Cano.
Meanwhile, Beckett apparently crossed up Varitek. On a pitch to Swisher, Varitek set up as though he was expecting a curve. Beckett threw a fastball that hit Varitek on the left arm. There was a delay while Varitek was checked out by Terry Francona and a trainer.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
McDonald singled with two outs and raced to third when Scutaro singled to center. Pedroia had a chance to get the Red Sox closer but chased a high 1-0 fastball and flew to center. Sox have left four on base in the last three innings.
Hughes is at 75 pitches.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Easy inning for Beckett. Jeter grounded out, Marcus Thames (hitting for an apparently injured Nick Johnson) flew to center and Teixeira popped to right.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
The Sox punched back. Drew singled to right field and went to third when Youkilis singled to left. Ortiz then launched a ball to right field. It might have gone out a few years ago but tonight he settled for a sacrifice fly.
Hughes ended the inning by striking out Beltre.
Middle of the 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed singles by Gardner and Cervelli after the home run but got Winn to ground back to the mound.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Beckett cracked first. Teixeira walked and Rodriguez singled with one out. Beckett struck out Cano for the second time then got ahead of Swisher 0-2. But he left a 2-2 curveball up and over the outer half of the plate and Swisher dropped it just over the wall in dead center for his sixth home run of the season.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Hughes is matching Beckett pitch for pitch. He walked Varitek with one out then struck out McDonald and Scutaro looking. Beckett has thrown 43 pitches, Hughes 41. The pitchers are dominating this game so far. We just played three innings in 38 minutes.
Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed a one-out single by Cervelli but got Winn on a force play before striking out Jeter for the second time. He has whiffed six in three innings.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Hughes sailed through the second inning as well. Youkilis lined to left, Ortiz struck out and Beltre grounded to first.
Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Beckett struck out Swisher swinging at a great curveball to end a 1-2-3 second inning. Beckett is at 27 pitches through two innings
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Scutaro lined out to left, Pedroia popped up and Drew flew deep to right field. Good start for Hughes as well as his remarkable season continues.
Middle of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Josh Beckett struck out the side, all swinging. Given their injuries, this is a weaker Yankees lineup than usual. If Beckett is on, this could be a good night for him.
Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Good evening from Fenway, where it's a beautiful night for baseball and another episode of the greatest rivalry in sports. Hope you enjoy the game and please feel free to add your comments.