Game over: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
A.J. Burnett (11-11) beat Tim Wakefield (7-8) despite two home runs by Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox have lost four straight, seven of eight and 16 of 20. They’re 5-18 this month and basically deserve whatever happens now. Red Sox are 33-35 since the All-Star break. Unreal.
Burnett had been winless in his 10 previous starts against the Red Sox, nine with the Yankees. Wakefield falls to 200-180 in his career in what may have been his last appearance in the majors depending on what happens this season and whether he plays in 2012.
Now Lackey will get a lineup with presumably Granderson, Cano, Swisher and Teixeira in the nightcap. If the Rays finish of their win, the Sox will be a half-game up going into the second game.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Atchison left the mound before the inning started, shaking his arm. He has pitched in four of the last five games. Tough break for him. Andrew Miller came in and allowed only a walk.
Rays are up 5-2 in the 8th. Sox are en route to being a half-game up with John Lackey on the hill tonight.
Middle of the 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Scutaro led off with a double. Burnett then fanned Salty and Aviles. Robertson came in and fanned Ellsbury.
The Red Sox are so bad that Burnett came off the field to a standing ovation and waved at the crowd who has despised him all season.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Posada singled but Martin grounded into a double play to end the inning
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Ortiz singled. Adrian “Everything Will Be Fine” Gonzalez grounded into his second double play and AL-leading 28th of the season. Throw only beat him by 17 steps. Jackson then grounded to third.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Laird singled, was bunted to second and Jeter had a two-out double. It all came off Matt Albers. The Rays are winning 4-2.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
Ellsbury homered into the second deck. He’s now the first 30/30 player in Red Sox history and has 100 RBIs. He has hit 378/.421/.684 this month and also has 80 extra-base hits on the season.
Ellsbury is 3 for 3. Red Sox are otherwise 0 for 16.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1
The embarrassment and sloppy play continues. Jeter led off with a single to left and the ball hopped by Crawford for an error. Crawford actually looked at his glove as he chased after the ball.
A-Rod’s RBI single to right center ended the day for Wakefield. Will we ever see him pitch again?
In 23 September games, the Red Sox starter has gone four or less innings 11 times and five or less innings 15 times. Red Sox also have 25 errors in the last 23 games.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1
Burnett retired the side in order. He has thrown 71 pitches in five innings.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1
Wakefield worked around a walk to Laird with one out. The Sox are still in the game, especially against the erratic Burnett. But can they get something going?
Middle of the 4th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1
Ellsbury homered to right field. That’s No. 29 for him, one shy of becoming the first 30/30 player in Sox history. He has 79 extra-base hits and 99 RBIs. He’ll get plenty of MVP votes.
Second quarter: Patriots 21, Bills 0
At least one team from Massachusetts playing in New York has some heart. Tom Brady has three touchdown passes, two to Rob Gronkowski, before halftime. Brady is 13 of 18 for 193 yards
Top of the 4th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0
With the Rays ahead 2-1 in St. Pete, A-Rod walked and Posada hit a knuckeball into the second deck in right. No. 14 on the year for him.
Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
The courageous Sox went in order against Burnett. They’re making him look good.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Wakefield.
Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Ortiz walked. But Gonzalez bounced into a double play and Jackson struck out.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are desperate for a win and the Yankees are getting ready for the playoffs. So why are the Sox playing unprepared and undisciplined baseball and the Yankees are executing with crisp efficiency?
Gardner bunted for a single, because that is what you do against 45-year-old pitchers. Then he stole second, because that is what you do against knuckleballers. Then Jeter bunted for a single, moving Gardner to third.
As Jeter stole second, Gardner scored on an error as Salty lost the ball trying to throw. Jeter went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Wakefield walked Posada and Martin, but Dickerson lined to short to end the inning.
The last five innings for Wakefield: four stolen bases, two wild pitches, five passed balls, three walks. It’s basically untenable at this point.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Ellsbury singled to right. Crawford then lined out to right, Dickerson collecting the ball at the track. Ellsbury was then picked off first trying to steal. He is 38 of 53, an unacceptable 72 percent rate.
Pedroia then grounded out to end the inning.
Pre-game: Welcome to Yankee Stadium, where the Red Sox have a doubleheader against the Yankees.
You know the deal. The Sox could be tied with the Rays when this day is over or potentially drop their magic number to 1. We shall see what transpires.
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