SCORE:Yankees 3, Red Sox 2.
BREAKDOWN: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Francisco Cervelli homered for the Yankees in the second inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single in the fifth. “I was down in the zone for the first four innings then left a couple up in hitters’ counts,” Buchholz said. Buchholz, who has two starts left, said his shoulder feels strong but he’s still working on command of his changeup.
THUMBS UP: Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double in the sixth inning to break up a shutout by Yankees starter David Phelps. … Mike Napoli played a solid game at first base, ranging off the bag to make a play on Yangervis Solarte in the fifth inning. He also came off the base to save a throw from Xander Boagerts in the fourth inning and tag Cervelli. … Chris Capuano threw three scoreless innings.
THUMBS DOWN: Xander Bogaerts was 0 for 3 and is down to .176 in 14 games.
AROUND THE BASES: The Sox have lost five out of six. … Grady Sizemore (1 for 4) played all nine innings for the first time. He will be off Friday and Saturday before playing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The schedule then has him off Wednesday and playing Thursday and Friday. That would seem to suggest Sizemore is being prepared for an Opening Day start. … Farrell said he has been impressed with Chris Capuano. He has allowed one run in his last nine innings. The lefty seems sure to start in the season in the bullpen as a long reliever.
NEXT GAME: The Sox have a long bus ride on Saturday to face the Phillies in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m. Jon Lester will oppose Cliff Lee. The game is on MLB Network.