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Game over: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

Scutaro doubled with one out but Rivera struck out Ellsbury and got Pedroia to fly out.

Middle of the 9th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

Cano homered to right field off Atchison, giving the Yankees some cushion. Not that Rivera usually needs it.

Top of the 9th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

Drew struck out swinging too. He couldn’t catch up to a fastball. Sox will face Rivera in the ninth.

Top of the 9th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

Youkilis singled off Dave Robertson. Damaso Marte came in to face Ortiz and bounced a pickoff throw into foul territory. But with Youkilis on second, Ortiz popped to center. Joba Chamberlain was next out of the bullpen and struck out Beltre. Now Drew gets a shot.

Top of the 9th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

Atchison got Teixeira to fly to right. Now the Sox have six outs to work with. Three unlees you think they can get to Rivera.

Middle of the 8th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

In an ugly inning, the Yankees have taken the lead as Hideki Okajima threw 30 pitches. Posada doubled to right. Then with one out, Gardner rolled a slow single into left field. Posada stayed at second. With two outs, Jeter grounded to short but Scutaro’s throw got away from Youkilis. Johnson then walked on five pitches to force in the run.

Scott Atchison in, making his Red Sox debut in a tough spot. He’ll face Teixeira with the bases loaded.

End of the 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

The Sox went in order against Aceves, who has been solid for two innings. Now Hideki Okajima on for the Sox.


Middle of the 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

Smart move by Francona using Bard against the heart of the Yankees’ lineup. Johnson walked but Bard finished out the inning unscathed.

End of the 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

Cameron reached on an error by Jeter with two outs but Scutaro grounded into a force to end the inning. Daniel Bard in for the Sox.

Middle of the 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

Manny Delcarmen allowed a leadoff double high off the wall by Swisher but got Gardner on a grounder to second, Granderson on a liner to first that Youkilis made a nice play on and Jeter on a grounder to short. Now Daniel Bard is warming up.

Alfredo Aceves in for the Yankees. Burnett’s line: 5 7 4 3 1 5.

End of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

Youkilis struck out looking at a hard curveball. Then Ortiz (0 for 6 this season, no balls out of the infield) struck out swinging.

Bottom of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4

Ellsbury lined out as Jeter made a leaping stab of the ball. But Pedroia singled before Martinez crushed an RBI double off the wall.

Top of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3

Jon Lester can take heart. The last time a Red Sox starter looked this bad, they gave him a $68 million extension the next day.

Ugly 5th inning for Lester and maybe his last as the Yankees scored three runs. Granderson and Jeter singled before Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Teixeira grounded into a force but beat out the double play as a run scored. A-Rod followed with an RBI double off the wall and Cano with a sacrifice fly.


Lester through 5 innings: 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 hit batters and 4 strikeouts. He also has thrown 94 pitches.

End of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1

The Red Sox briefly had something cooking when Beltre singled and Cameron was hit by a curveball with one out, But Scutaro grounded into a 6-4-3 DP.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1

Lester walked Cano but the Sox turned a 6-4-3 DP on a slowly hit ball in the hole by Posada. It was a nice turn but Posada makes me look swift. Lester hit Swisher but Thames struck out looking.

Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1

Ellsbury doubled to right before Victor Martinez hammered an 0-1 pitch into the Boston bullpen for his first homer of the season.

Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1

Lester had a strong inning. Johnson lined to right, Teixeira grounded to short and A-Rod grounded to third as Beltre grabbed the ball off a lazy hop near the bag and made a strong throw to first. 11-pitch inning, just what he needed.

Top of the 3rd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1

Beltre singled and stole second as Cameron struck out But Scutaro fouled out to end the inning.

Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1

Lester got Jeter to ground into a force to end the inning. But he threw 31 pitches in that inning and is already at 46 for the game.

Top of the 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1

Lester threw first-pitch strikes to the three batters he faced in the first inning. The five batters so far in the second inning have had first-pitch balls. But Granderson whiffed for the second out.


Top of the 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1

As sharp as Lester was in the first inning, he has been erratic in the second. Cano singled on a 2-2 pitch with one out. After Posada walked, Swisher drove a double into the corner in right field. Now Thames has walked to load the bases with one out fr Granderson.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0

Cue the A.J. Burnett Annoy-O-Meter. Ellsbury hit a pop-up to shallow left that fell between Jeter, Granderson and a late-arriving Marcus Thames. Ellsbury then stole second and went to third when the throw from Jorge Posada went into center field.

Victor Martinez walked but Kevin Youkilis delivered a sacrifice fly to center on an 0-2 count. Ortiz then grounded into the teeth of the shift, right to Cano playing in short right field.

Middle of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

Lester appears ready for the season. He struck out Jeter, got Johnson to ground to third and struck out Teixeira looking with a 97-mph 1-2 fastball that Angel Hernandez decided caught the outside corner.

Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

We are underway at Fenway Park. It’s 53 degrees and the first pitch from Jon Lester — a strike to Derek Jeter — was at 7:11.

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