It has been a long day and it was a longer game. But here are a few late-night notes for you:
• Johnny Damon said the foul ball in the first inning hit the side of his knee. Had it hit the kneecap, he might have been in trouble. “I’ve got it wrapped up right now. I guess we’re day-by-day and see how it responds,” he said.
• Hideki Matsui had the most RBI against the Red Sox for a Yankees player since Joe Pepitone in 1964. The last Yankee to drive in seven at Fenway Park was some guy named Lou Gehrig. Matsui said the last time he did it was in high school.
• Eric Hinske was amazed at the play Derek Jeter made in the third inning when he went out to left field to play the wall off the wall and threw Dustin Pedroia out at third base.
“Unbelievable play,” Hinske said. “I jumped too early and when I turned around, he was on a dead sprint for it. I couldn’t believe he threw him out.”
• Jeter has 16 hits in his last 26 at-bats and is 19 for 35 on the road trip with eight RBI. He’s up to .333.
• If the Red Sox make the playoffs, their No. 3 starter is probably Clay Buchholz. Yikes.
• The 31 runs were the most in a game between the two teams.
• The Yankees had their season high in hits and runs.
• The Yankees have five players with 20 or more home runs (Damon, Matsui, A-Rod, Swisher and Tex). The team record of six was set in 1961 (Berra, Blanchard, Howard, Maris, Mantle, Skowron) and tied in 2004 (Jeter, Matsui, Posada, A-Rod, Sheffield, Williams).
Cano (18), Jeter (15) and Posada (15) are next in line this year.
• The Yankees have won eight of 10, 15 of 18, nine of 11 on the road and are a ridiculous 26-8 since the break. “We never want to let up,” Teixeira said. “We’re having fun right now, we’re getting contributions from everybody. Everyone is stepping up at some point in time.”
Thanks to everybody for reading tonight. Back at it tomorrow.