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Final: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 20, 2012 03:12 PM

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Game over: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Eppley allowed a single before Mariano Rivera dispatched of the sad sack Sox from there.

Sox are now 4-9 and losers of four straight. They have dropped 29 of 40 going back to last year. Yikes.

Middle of the 9th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Tazawa retired the side in order. When he's been your best player, it's a long day. Cody Eppley now pitching for the Yankees.

Top of the 9th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Dave Robertson allowed a single by Gonzalez. But that was it for the Sox. He fanned Pedroia and Youkilis.

Middle of the 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Swisher led off with a double against Atchison. But Thomas and Tazawa held the Yankees down.

Top of the 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: 1-2-3 inning for Wade. Spears pinch hit for Repko and struck out on three pitches. Pinch hitting one AAAA player for another against the Yankees in the 7th inning down by four runs. Such is the state of the Red Sox roster.

Middle of the 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Buchholz walked Granderson and was relieved by Atchison, who retired the side in order from there. Final line for Buchholz: 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5 HR, 103 pitches. Pretty awful.

Cory Wade replacing Nova.

Top of the 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: Ortiz singled with one out before Youkilis was hit by a pitch. But Salty grounded into a double play and was booed. Sox now 1 for 10 with RISP.

Middle of the 6th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2: The beat-down of Buchholz continues as Martin slams one off the Sports Authority billboard with authority. That's five homers for the Yankees.

Top of the 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Ross doubled to center. Repko had a good at-bat then lined a 3-2 pitch to second. Aviles flied to right but Swisher lost the ball in the sun and it fell in for an RBI double.

(In my view, such plays should be ruled errors. It's the job of the outfielder to catch a ball in the sun. Messing up a play you should make is an error.)

Anyway, Sweeney lined to left and Pedroia flied deep to center. Sox are 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and that one was a gift.

Middle of the 5th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1: A-Rod cleared everything in left. That's now four home runs allowed by Buchholz and they were all rockets. The Sox have allowed 22 home runs in 13 games. That's the most in the majors.

Top of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: The Sox went in order against Nova, who has allowed four hits.

Middle of the 4th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Chavez homered again, again to center.

Top of the 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: The Sox wasted a one-out double by Sweeney as Pedroia flied to center and Gonzalez struck out.

Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Cano had an infield single before Teixeira flied to center and Swisher walked. But Ibanez, who runs like he played for the Highlanders in 1912, grounded into the 3-6-1 double play.

Top of the 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Ortiz homered to left but had to stay at second before it was reviewed and then approved. Youkilis followed with a double to right. Salty grounded to first, pushing Youk to third. But Ross struck out and Repko grounded to third.

Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Another poor outing for Buchholz so far as Swisher (left field) and Chavez (right center) had solo homers.

Jeter had a single in the inning and took third on a single by Granderson. But A-Rod grounded into a force.

For Jeter, it was his 3,111st hit. That passes Dave Winfield for 18th place all-time/

Top of the 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Outside of a Pedroia single, the Sox went in order. Gonzalez chased Granderson back to the wall with a drive to center for the third out.

Middle of the 1st inning: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Jeter popped the ball up behind second base. Pedoria was under it but dropped it. A wild pitch moved Jeter to second and he scored on A-Rod's single. Buchholz then got Cano to fly deep to center and Teixeira to ground to first. Sloppy inning for the Sox.

Pre-game: Gooooooood afternoon from Fenway Park. This game may not be half as fun as that ceremony, but let's see what happens as Buchholz faces Nova and the teams wear throwback uniforms without numbers.

We'll have updates here all game, so hang out and get your baseball fix. As always, feel free to leave your comments.

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