Game over: Red Sox 9, Yankees 6
What a job by the bullpen as Aceves, Jenks, Bard and Papelbon hold the Yankees scoreless for four innings and allow one hit.
The streak is over. Back later with more.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 6
The Sox added two big runs in the seventh as Drew had a two-run single. Bard pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and now it's up to Papelbon
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6
Jenks walked Teixeira on four pitches then fell behind A-Rod 2-0 before striking him out. Cano grounded into a force and Swisher flied to left.
Bard warming up.
Breaking news: Manny Ramirez has retired
Manny Ramirez has announced his retirement and it's related to a drug issue. According to MLB, "Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the statement said. "Rather than continue with the process under the Program, Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player. If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed. MLB will not have any further comment on this matter."
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6
1-2-3 for Colon. He has been terrific: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6
Aceves allowed a one-out single by Martin before walking Gardner. But he got Jeter to bounce into a double play. Jenks heating up now.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 6
Youkilis walked and went to third when Teixeira fanned on a grounder by Ortiz. The Salty Dog drilled one off the Wall to drive in Youkilis. Ellsbury flied to center to end the inning.
Aceves now pitching. Lackey allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings and could get the win.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 6
A-Rod mashed a 2-1 pitch into the Monster Seats, his third of the year. The Bombers have rallied back from a 6-3 deficit.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 5
Colon has retired all six batters he has faced. Lackey returns to the mound.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 5
Gardner tripled into the corner in right field with two outs and scored on a single by Jeter.
A few words from Yaz
Mike Vega passes on these comment from Carl Yastrzemski:
"I told Francona that I'm undefeated throwing out the first pitch. Both games of the World Series, they won. So they'll win today. He wants me to come back tomorrow if they win."
On Lou Gorman: "You was a great guy. He did a heck of a job as a general manager. LIke I said, he was a great guy; an asset to the Red Sox. One thing about Lou was he was always upbeat. He was always upbeat."
On returning to Fenway: "You know when I retired, I kind of said that was it. I had my place in the limelight and I stayed away from the ballpark for a couple of years because I didn't want to get an urge to come back or something like that. It was difficult the first couple of years, but after that it was simple."
On Fenway's remodeling: "I'm glad the ownership has done this, because you almost talk about Fenway Park more than the Red Sox and I'm happy to see that they didn't go to a new ballpark. Tremendous job remodeling this place and adding new seats and stuff like that. Really, really beautiful."
On his reception today: "Sounded like the day I retired."
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4
Colon retired the side in order, striking our Drew and Salty looking.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4
Lackey hit A-Rod with one out. Cano (man, is he good) doubled again. Swisher grounded to short to drive in A-Rod. It was his 500th career RBI. Posada grounded to first to end the inning.
Bartolo Colon has replaced Hughes. It could take nine runs to win this one.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
There's no quit in the Sox. Drew, Salty and Ellsbury singled to load the bases. Surprisingly, the National Guard didn't come back to do another flyover to celebrate. Scutaro grounded to shortstop to drive in a run as Salty was forced at third.
Crawford grounded out. Pedroua then singled to center, driving in two runs. Granderson's throw to the plate was wild and Pedroia took second. He then scored on a single by Gonzalez.
Youkilis walked to extend the inning. Ortiz delivered an RBI single to center and Youkilis was caught in a rundown between second and third.
Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Doubles by Granderson and Gardner gave the Yankees another run. Lackey so far this season: 5.2 IP, 13 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. That's an ERA of 19.06.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 2 Red Sox 1
Pedroia homered into the Monster Seats. Youlkilis walked with two outs but Ortiz lined to left.
Top of the 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Gardner walked before the Ghost of Derek Jeter popped up a bunt. Gardner stole second before Teixeira popped to center. A-Rod walked and then Cano hammered a two-run double to left. That prompted the first boos of the day.
MIT is being contacted to figure out Lackey's ERA at this point.
Pre-game: Sorry for the delay. The internet access in the press box is spotty at best today. Maybe LeBron James can fix it.
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