The power and scoring that was absent in the Yankees’ first trip to Fenway was on full display in their 10-3 win over the Red Sox Friday night.
Alfonso Soriano’s earth-scorching run continued with a 3-for-4, four-RBI night that included a two-run homer. In his Yankees debut, Mark Reynolds went 2 for 5 with a three-run blast, becoming the 14th player since 1961 to homer in his first at-bat with the Yankees.
The Yankees lineup manhandled Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, who gave up seven runs (six earned) before getting the hook after four innings. It was the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that he’s allowed at least six runs.
The Sox struggled to muster offense most of the night, with Yankees starter Andy Pettitte going 6 2/3 innings giving up three unearned runs.
As for Alex Rodriguez, he was practically oblivious to the boos going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
End of the seventh, Yankees 7, Red Sox 3: You could see it coming. The Sox put together a couple of runs thanks to RBI singles from David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
It wasn’t exactly a rally, but they were at least showing some vital signs.
Then, everything unraveled with Mike Carp at the plate. With the count 1-and-2, Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley fired a slider low and in.
What happened after that depends on who’s view you see it from.
Mike Carp clearly thought it grazed him — possibly on the right foot by the look of the replays or maybe on his back leg. Either way, he didn’t hesitate to make his way to first.
But home plate umpire Bill Welke wasn’t so sure. In fact, he ultimately decided the ball never touched Carp and called Carp back to the plate. Sox manager John Farrell came out to the dugout to argue. Carp, confused, try to talk to Welke to figure out what happened.
He wasn’t happy to be back in the batter’s box. But two pitches later, when Welke rung him up on a slider that was, according to Pitch F/X, was well enough out of the zone, he exploded.
He Gronk-spiked his helmet then got face to face with Welke, throwing his hands in the umpires face.
At that point, the ejection was academic. It was the second of his career. Both came this season.
End of the sixth, Yankees 7, Red Sox 1: Seeing Rubby De La Rosa sail a throw by Mike Napoli for his first error this season sparked the obligatory trip to Baseball Reference.
The Red Sox are seventh in the American League and 15th in the majors with 67 errors, but a league-high 13 of those were committed by their pitchers.
The league average, if you were wondering, is eight.
End of the fifth, Yankees 7, Red Sox 1: Rubby De La Rosa calmed things down slightly. He nibbled at Alex Rodriguez, feeding him two sliders to start then walking him on seven pitches. But then he went to his fastball and got a pair of fly balls from Vernon Wells and Mark Reynolds and struck out Ichiro Suzuki.
It was the Yankees first scoreless inning of the night.
End of the 4th, Yankees, 7, Red Sox 1: After four miserable innings, John Farrell pulled the plug on Felix Doubront.
His line: Seven runs (six earned) on eight hits (two homers) with two walks. Its the third time this season he’s given up six earned runs, and the fifth time in his career, spoiling what was a strong run over his past seven starts. He was 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA.
End of the 3d, Yankees 6, Red Sox 0: Alfonso Soriano just shot a neck breaker out to the Monster.
No really, a neck-breaker.
It was his 25th of the season, and it threw the Sox into a pretty deep whole, especially considering that they’ve only mustered one hit so far — a two-out single by Will Middlebrooks.
End of the 2d, Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: When the Yankees came to Fenway last month, they were searching for power. They went homeless over the three-game set and realized it was a serious issue in the lineup.
This time, though, manager Joe Girardi seemed confident it’d be different.
In his first at-bat as a Yankee, Mark Reynolds made sure to it, blasting a two-run homer. He became the 14 player since 1961 to homer in his first at-bat as a Yankee.
End of the 1st, Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Even if it was just a bouncer to short, Alfonso Soriano’s hitting binge continues.
His infield single got the Yankees on the board early, scoring Brett Gardner. It makes him 11 for his last 15 with a double, four homers and 15 RBIs.
We don’t have the equipment to check the decibel level of the boos that rained on Alex Rodriguez — or for that matter the roar when he lined into an inning-ending double-play, but the Sox caught some footage on Vine.
Pregame: Alex Rodriguez was expected to bring a cloud of controversy with him to Fenway park this weekend, but a “60 Minutes” report that he purchased documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and his own teammate Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis scandal only made it larger.
He was predictably showered with boos during introductions and will likely hear more when he steps into the box.
Sitting six games back in the wild card standings and 8.5 back in the division, the Yankees insist they can withstand the distraction.
But they’re facing an already bitter rival with players that have openly expressed their displeasure with the fact that Rodriguez is even on the same field.
Needless to say, this series will be interesting.
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