Game over: The New York Yankees are the AL East champions, while the Red Sox finish in last place in the East with 69 wins. The Red Sox' final regular season game was a 14-2 beating. Daisuke Matsuzaka likely ended his Boston career with a horrible outing after the Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first. The 2012 season is finally over and now the mess will have to be cleaned up. There were 47,393 fans on hand at Yankee Stadium in a game that lasted 3:23. Thanks for reading the blog this season. Can't wait 'til next year.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 14, Red Sox 2 Junichi Tazawa came on and threw a couple of long outs that prevented the Yankees from damaging the Red Sox further.
Top 8th: Yankees 14, Red Sox 2 A Daniel Nava double with one out was wasted as Podsednik and Loney struck out.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 14, Red Sox 2 Curtis Granderson homered off Theo-comp Chris Carpenter. After an Ibanez walk and single by Derek Jeter, Ichiro knocked in two more off Carpenter, who was finally relieved. During the inning the Yankees learned they had won the AL East after Tampa Bay knocked off Baltimore. Craig Breslow replaced Carpenter and he allowed an RBI single to Nick Swisher and a sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira.
Top 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2 Ciriaco doubled to left field and scored on Jose Iglesias's single to center.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Russell Martin started off the inning by being hit with a pitch. After a single by Derek Jeter, Ichiro hit into a force at second. A-Rod walked and Robinson Cano struck once more - a two-run single - giving him six RBIs.
Top 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1 Dustin Pedroia doubled to right but never scored as the Sox made the next three outs.
strong>Bottom 5th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1 Cano is amazing. He struck for a two-run homer with A-Rod aboard to extend NY's lead.
Top 5th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1 Sox managed an infield single by Ciriaco but Kuroda has settled in nicely and is on his way to preserving a Yankee AL East title.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1 Raul Ibanez singled but Derek Jeter knocked into an inning-ending double play
Top 4th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1 Cody Ross (single) was erased on James Loney's double-play grounder as Kuroda got out of the inning quickly.
Bottom 3d: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1 Red-hot Robinson Cano homered with Alex Rodriguez (single) aboard. Dice-K eventually was replaced by Clayton Mortensen following a Nick Swisher single.
Top 3d: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 A two-out Dustin Pedroia walk and steal of second wasn't enough as Nava grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 2d: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 Good times didn't last very long. Curtis Granderson hit his 42d homer on his first pitch, a high, towering blast to right. Cano and Swisher were on base ahead of him with one out.
Top 2d: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 Ryan Lavarnway walked with two outs against Hiroki Kuroda, but Sox couldn't add to their lead.,
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 Daisuke Matsuzaka, making what might be his final Red Sox start, started well by retiring the Yankees on six pitches. Jeter, Ichiro, and A-Rod all made outs.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 The Sox got off to a quick start when leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury started the rally with a base hit to right. After Dustin Pedroia moved the runner to third base, Daniel Nava grounded to first. But Cody Ross came up with a big two-out hit to drive in the run. Ross was eventually caught stealing.