Game over: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Rivera slams the door for his second save in as many nights. Chan Ho Park and Curtis Granderson the heroes for the Yankees.
Red Sox are off tomorrow and start a road trip in Kansas City on Friday.
Middle of the 10th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Papelbon allowed another run, walking Gardner and Jeter before Scott Atchison came in and walked Johnson to load the bases before Teixeira’s RBI groundout to short.
The Sox have walked 17 in three games. Mariano Rivera in for the Yankees.
Top of the 10th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a towering shot to right field off Papelbon.
Top of the 10th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1
Chan Ho Park survived warning-track fly balls by Beltre and Cameron. Three shutout innings for him after a shaky Sunday outing. Papelbon stays in for the Red Sox as we go extra innings for the first time this season.
Middle of the 9th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1
Papelbon gets the side in order. Park will stay in for a third inning. Sox looking for the first walk-off of the season now.
End of the 8th, Yankees 1, Red Sox 1
Bard had an uneventful top of the 8th. Park then retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the frame. Now Jonathan Papelbon in for the Sox.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 1
No John Lackey, no lead. Schoeneweis allowed a one-out double by Posada, who has been swinging the bat well all series. With two outs, Francona went to Bard to face Swisher and turn him around.
Swisher singled to right. Drew made an accurate throw but the ball got by Martinez as the slow-afoot Posada slid in safely.
Now Chan Ho Park replaces Pettitte. The respective starters pitched well and won’t be involved in the decision.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Nice game here at Fenway. Pettitte worked around a Beltre single by getting Drew to ground into a double play. Now Schoeneweis in for Lackey, who threw 100 pitches over six innings. He allowed three hits walked two and struck out three. Excellent debut for the big righty.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Lackey drilled Jeter in the ribs with a 2-2 pitch, prompting a warning from umpire Paul Schrieber and making Lackey the winner of the “Most Popular New Player” contest. Teixeira walked with one out but A-Rod grounded into a 5-4-3 double play started when Beltre ranged far from third base.
That was good defense at work there.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Martinez singled with one out before Youkilis was hit in the helmet by a Pettitte pitch. But Ortiz struck out.
Meanwhile, this announcement from the Sox:
Legendary rock bands Aerosmith and The J. Geils Band will perform in concert on the same stage for the first time ever Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Fenway Park.
The concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. with gates opening an hour before at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the show will go on sale on Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. online at LIVENATION.COM or by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will also be available Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office. Ticket prices will be $175 / $95 / $75 / $55.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Mike Cameron just showed why he’s in center field. With one out and Granderson on second after a single and a steal, Swisher hit a sinking liner to center. Cameron, who plays shallow, made a diving catch to take away a hit and a possible run. Then Lackey got Gardner to ground to second to end the inning.
Nice crisp game so far.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
The Sox went in order against Pettitte, who has done his job pretty well so far.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
You know who’s the man? John Lackey so far. He struck out Teixeira and got A-Rod to fly to right before Cano singled. But Victor Martinez gunned down Cano trying to steal second base.
Here’s my question: Cano is 17 of 39 as a base stealer in his career. Why does he run?
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
Stop the presses! Can you stop the presses on a blog? Maybe not. Stop the internet! David Ortiz had a two-out RBI single to right field in the bottom of the third to give the Red Sox a lead.
Much to the chagrin of the masses ready to declare him DOA after two games, Ortiz lined a 2-2 pitch from Andy Pettitte into right and Dustin Pedroia scored from second.
Middle of the 3d: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Jeter reached on an infield single with two outs as Beltre was unable to bare-hand his slow roller. But Lackey came back and struck out Nick Johnson on four pitches to end the inning. I have Lackey for 51 pitches through three innings, 30 strikes. He has picked up right where he left off in spring training.
Top of the 3d: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Cameron bounced a double into the right-field stands with two outs. Scutaro then drew a walk. But Ellsbury popped to left field. The Red Sox are 5 of 25 with runners in scoring position this season.
Middle of the 2d: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Cruise control for Lackey in the second inning. He got two grounders to second and a pop to center.
Top of the 2d: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
The Sox had something going against Pettitte. Ellsbury reached on an infield single before Pedroia walked. After Victor Martinez grounded into a double play, Pettitte pitched around Youkilis and walked him to get to Ortiz. Big Papi swung at the first pitch and hit it hard — right to Robinson Cano standing in short right field.
Ortiz is 0 for 8 and has grounded into the teeth of the shift four times.
Middle of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
Lackey walked Teixeira with two outs but got A-Rod to line to Cameron in center. He threw 16 pitches, 9 strikes, and the half-inning took five minutes. Atta boy, John.
Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
It’s a perfect night at Fenway for the final game of the series. Perhaps John Lackey and Andy Pettitte will pitch better than the first two sets of starters. Meanwhile, riot police have kept back the unruly throngs of protesters demanding that Mike Lowell DH tonight.
Enjoy the game, everybody.