Game over: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Rocking chair save for Rivera, 1-2-3. These two teams actually played a game in two hours and 47 minutes.
Back later with more from the clubhouse.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Seeking a silver lining? Felix Doubront retired the side in order in his first MLB relief appearance and struck out two along the way.
Middle of the 8th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Sabathia retired the side in order again. The big lefty had largely owned the Sox today. His line so far: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He has allowed two hits since the second inning.
Doubront in now for the Sox. Rivera waming up for the Yankees. The Sandman hasn’t allowed a run since July 4.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Easy inning for Delcarmen as he struck out Teixeira and Cano and got Posada to ground to second. Manny is a tough guy to figure. He has a terrific arm but has lacked consistency for the last year and a half.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Drew led off with a walk. But Hall grounded into a force and McDonald into a double play. CC looks to have plenty to get into the eighth inning. Delcarmen in now for the Sox.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Big run there for the Yankees. Granderson singled, stole second, went to third when Martinez’s throw rolled away and scored on a single by Pena. who has two RBIs in place of A-Rod.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
Beltre reached in an infield single with two outs. But Lowell flied to Swisher. Sabathia has allowed two hits since the second inning.
With Tampa having lost, the Red Sox need to get some urgency going.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
Lackey got two quick outs. The Yankees then had four straight singles that scored two runs as Swisher, Teixeira, Cano and Posada connected.
Lackey pitched around Cano in the first inning with a runner on second to get to Posada. Cano then singled with two outs in the third. This time, Lackey went after him and Cano hit a liner to right that J.D. Drew seemed to lose in the sun a little bit.
Posada followed with a single that found a route to the outfield between Lowell and Lowrie. It was the kind of ball Kevin Youkilis would have snapped up. But Lowell has little range.
Berkman grounded back to the mound and the crowd booed. He’s 2 for 21 with the Yankees.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
McDonald reached on an error by Pena at third base. But Scutaro fouled out and Lowrie flied to right.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Lackey sets down the Yankees in order. He has retired nine of the last 10 batters he has faced.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Sabathia retired the Sox in order. Gardner made a nice running catch with a tumble at the end to rob Drew of at least a double.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Lackey struck out Swisher and Teixeira before Cano singled. But Posada grounded out. Swisher barked at Layne after he was called out looking at a pitch that was awfully low. Players on both sides not found of the strike zone.
Shadows creeping up the mound now, could aid the pitchers for an inning or two.
Update on 1B coach Ron Johnson
Check out this great story about an anonymous passer-by who saved the life of Ron Johnson’s daughter after a car accident.
RJ has been away from the team to be with his daughter.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Scutaro led off with a single. Lowrie grounded into a force before Ortiz struck out looking (he didn’t much like the call of Jerry Layne) and Martinez grounded to third.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Berkman walked and scored on a triple by Granderson, the ball going to center. Gardner struck out out but Pena delivered an RBI groundout to second.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Lowell was stranded on second as Drew whiffed, Hall grounded back to the pitcher and McDonald fouled out to first base.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Martinez takes his old pal Sabathia out to left field. First jack CC has allowed since June 3. VMart is 5 for 20 against Sabathia but two of the hits were homers.
Beltre followed with a double down the third base line, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. He then scored on a double by Lowell down the line in right.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Lackey struck out Jeter then walked Swisher. When Teixeira grounded to first, Lowell stepped on the bag and threw to second. The return throw from Scutaro sailed over Lowell’s head and Swisher ended up at second.
Lackey walked Cano then got Posada to ground to first. Scutaro’s mistake (it’s not scored as an error) cost Lackey 10 extra pitches.
Update: They changed the scoring on the play and charged Scutaro with an error.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Lowrie, who has looked good since his return, slapped a single into right field. But Ortiz bounced into a 3-5-3 double play against the shift.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Good afternoon from the Bronx, where’s a beautiful day for baseball. Red Sox. Yankees. Sabathia. Lackey. Next on Extra Bases.