Game over: Yankees 11, Red Sox 9
Papelbon rips their guts out. He hit Cervelli and then Thames drove one into the stands in right field. First walk-off of the season for the Yankees.
Brutal loss for the Sox, who are back under .500 again and have lost four of their last five.
Back with more later on.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 9
Papelbon just blew the save, his first in 23 chances dating back to last year. Gardner doubled then A-Rod blasted a home run into the Red Sox bullpen with one out. We’re all tied up in the Bronx.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 7
The Sox put two runners on against Marte but Javy Vazquez came in and struck out Youkilis to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon, who has a lot of fans here at the Stadium, comes out of the bullpen to try and close it out.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 7
Daniel Bard throws wicked hard. He fanned Thames, got Win to fly to left, walked pinch hitter Juan Mirada then struck out Jeter. The Stadium was rocking with “Lets’ go Yankees” chants and fell silent.
Papelbon warming up. He’ll get Gardner, Teixeira and A-Rod.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 7
Damaso Marte came in and shut the door for the Yankees. Bard now pitching for the Sox. Not to get too carried away, but coming back from a 6-1 deficit here is the kind of victory they can build on. But they need to take care of business first.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 7
Chan Ho Park was a bad choice. Much like milk for Ron Burgundy. Drew hammered a single into right and Youkilis crushed one into the seats in left. V-Mart followed with a blast and the Sox have Daniel Bard warming up.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6
Easy 1-2-3 inning for Wakefield. He’s shut the Yankees out for 2.1 innings.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6
McDonald started it right with a single. But Scutaro popped up after failing to get a bunt down. Then Pedroia bounced into a double play. Sox have six outs left to tie it up.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6
Wakefield worked around a leadoff infield single by Pena. Now Chan Ho Park coming in for the Yankees. Big opportunity for the Sox. This guy is a NL pitcher just off the disabled list. He could be ripe for some rockets.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6
Back come the Sox as the Ghost of Victor Martinez homered to left, a line shot that just cleared the wall. He had been 0 for 19 and 2 of his last 30 before the shot.
Ortiz followed with a single but Beltre grounded into a double play.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 5
Matsuzaka got two outs before Cervelli broke his bat but singled to right field. Thames then crushed a double to left field as Matsuzaka left a cutter over the plate.
Cervelli, who runs incredibly well for a catcher, scored from first. That was it for Dice-K as Tim Wakefield came in and retired Winn on a grounder to shortstop.
Boone Logan now pitching for the Yankees as both starters are done. As an aside, watching Hermida and McDonald out there today reminds you how much the Red Sox miss Cameron and Ellsbury.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5
Scutaro singled with one out. Pedroia than won a 10-pitch battle by lining a double to left field. It was his first hit in 12 at-bats against Hughes. Just a heck of an at-bat.
Then Drew, after falling behind 0-2, buried a cut fastball into the right-field stands and we have a ballgame here in the Bronx.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Matsuzaka put two runners on but got Gardner and Teixeira on pop-ups to Beltre at third base. The Yankees should make Gardner do push-ups every time he pops up like Willie Mays Hayes
Middle of the 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
With two outs, Ortiz lofted one into the second deck in right field. That’s seven on the season and six in 12 games in May for David. If the Red Sox ever released him (which seems doubtful now), wouldn’t the Yankees have to snap him up and let him take aim at that short porch? His swing is made for this park.
Victor Martinez now 2 of his last 30, by the way. He looks helpless up there. How much money has that guy lost this season?
Top of the 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 1
Just in time for it not to matter, Matsuzaka retired the side in order in the third inning. … Meanwhile, whenever a Yankee comes to the plate, they show a photo of him in a suit on the scoreboard. They look like models for Men’s Wearhouse. Odd choice for the scoreboard.
Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 1
Hughes walked Pedroia with two outs then struck out Drew to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 1
Here’s the problem with Matsuzaka. When you invest $102 million in a pitcher, it needs to be for a guy that the other team sees his name on the schedule and thinks “Man, it’s going to be a long day.” Instead teams think, “Man, I sure hope I’m in the lineup.”
Matsuzaka walked Garder then served up a 91-mph fastball high and over the middle to Teixeria. He crushed it off the wall in right for an RBI double.
Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1
Youkilis singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Beltre. Sox showed a little life after the bad start. Now we’ll see if Dice-K can have a quick inning.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 5, Red Sox 0
Dice-K struck out Winn to end the inning. He finished the inning with 32 pitches. This will be a typical, “Well, he pitched pretty well after the first inning” game.
Too late now. Matsuzaka helped them win a World Series and he pitched well for two years. But it’s hard to picture him being reliable in a big spot. Leaving 92-mph fastballs up in the zone may work in Japan but it doesn’t in the AL East.
Bottom of the 1st: Yankees 5, Red Sox 0
Dice-K left a fastball high and on the inner half of the plate and A-Rod lined it to the gap in right for a two-run single. Cano followed with a single off the wall in left, a ball Hermida could have caught. Cervelli then doubled to center field. A run scored but Cano was thrown out at the plate as Pedroia made a terrific relay throw and Martinez adroitly blocked the plate. Cervelli went to third on the throw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thames.
It’s 5-0 and Matsuzaka has already thrown more than 30 pitches.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Jeter singles, Gardner singles and Teixeira walks. Here comes A-Rod, who is 1 for 16 against Dice-K. This could turn into a disaster in a hurry if that changes.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Scutaro tapped one out in front of the plate and was thrown out by Cervelli. Pedroia (0 for 12 against Hughes) fanned and then Drew flied to center to end a 10-pitch at-bat.
Is it 60-40 that Dice-K walks Jeter to lead off the bottom of the inning or higher?
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
We are underway in the Bronx. First pitch at 7:11 and it’s a temperate 67 degrees. Hope you enjoy the game. Stick around for plenty of updates and please, feel free to comment.