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Wrap up: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 18, 2014 06:01 PM

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SCORE: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1.

RECORD: 8-11-1.

BREAKDOWN: The Yankees had 14 hits, four for extra bases, and thumped the Red Sox in the first of two meetings this spring. Alfonso Soriano was 2 for 4 with four RBIs. His three-run shot off Brandon Workman in the fourth inning made it 8-0. Michael Pineda threw 4 1/3 shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out five.

THUMBS UP: Second baseman Jonathan Herrera was 2 for 3 with an RBI. … Lefthanded reliever Rich Hill allowed one hit in the seventh inning but pitched well otherwise. … Lefty Tommy Layne threw a scoreless eighth inning. He has gone 6 2/3 innings this spring without giving up a run.

THUMBS DOWN: Felix Doubront was hit hard, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks. He has trouble with the release point of his pitches and left several balls over the plate. Manager John Farrell suggested Doubront might have a tired arm, but the pitcher said he felt fine.

BEE SAFE: The game was delayed for seven minutes in the third inning when a swarm of bees gathered around the left field corner. “I heard them before I saw them,” left fielder Mike Carp said. “I turned around and knew I had to get out of there.” Members of the grounds crew sprayed the area with insect repellent and the bees eventually left for a less-noxious area. “That was a first for me,” Farrell said. “Never saw a game delayed by bees.”

MEDICAL REPORT: Will Middlebrooks (hyperextended right middle finger) missed his second straight game but said he’s feeling better and hopes to play on Wednesday night.

AROUND THE BASES: Third base coach Brian Butterfield was with the Yankees as a minor league player and coach for 18 years. He spent time with former Yankees manager Stump Merrill before the game. Merrill, like Butterfield, is a Maine native. … Ryan Lavarnway started at first base for the second time this spring and handled several low throws adeptly. … Jackie Bradley Jr. made a nice running catch in deep center field to take at least a double away from Soriano in the second inning. ... Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow is scheduled to appear in his first game on Monday. That would be only a week before Opening Day. “We’ll see,” Farrell said when asked if Breslow could be on the roster. “He’s feeling really good.” Farrell said the Red Sox intend to carry three lefthanders in their bullpen. Drake Britton could find a spot if Breslow is not ready.

NEXT GAME: The Sox host the Pirates on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Jake Peavy will face Wandy Rodriguez. The game is on NESN and WEEI-FM.

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