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Game 8: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (4-3)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.50)
Nova vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (1-6)
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jacoby Ellsbury CF

RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.68)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: It’s really a beautiful day here at Fenway. Still a little chilly, but nothing too crazy, with just a little bit of wind blowing from left to right. Much nicer than yesterday.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Mark Wegner

GOOD SIGN FOR CANO: It was noted yesterday that Robinson Cano’s .362 career batting average at Fenway Park is the highest for any Yankee in history in this stadium. Today he’s facing Clay Buchholz, and Cano is a career .467 hitter against the Red Sox starter.

PAST THE KID: Alex Rodriguez needs on RBI to pass Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of 13th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list. He’s three RBI away from tying Al Simmons and Ted Williams for 11th place.

SUPER NOVA: Ivan Nova is making his second start of the season. On Monday he became the first Yankees rookie to win a start within the season’s first four games since Al Leiter — then 22 – beat the Brewers in the fourth game of the 1998 season. That’s according to Elias.

BIRTHDAY BOY: Dave Robertson turns 26 years old today. Mark Teixeira turns 31 on Monday.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: In his first start with the Yankees, Eric Chavez just doubled on the first pitch he saw for an RBI double. That’s his first Yankee hit and makes it a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Nick Swisher previously drove in a run on a grounder to the right side.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Nova danced out of trouble in the first and second innings, but now he has a runner at third with one out and the 4 and 5 hitters coming to the plate in the third. It’s still a 2-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: One run scored on a Kevin Youkilis grounder to short, but Nova did a fine job limiting the damage. He got out of the third with a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: After Chavez hit his second double of the game, Martin followed with his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to put the Yankees in front 5-1.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: The Yankees have chased Buchholz in the top of the fourth. After the Martin home run, Jeter and Rodriguez each singled to force Buchholz out of the game with two outs and runners at first and second. It’s still a 5-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Hard to tell from up here why Robinson Cano didn’t at least try to turn two. Nova got the ground ball he needed to get out of the fourth, but for whatever reason Cano decided he couldn’t get the second out — maybe he didn’t have a good grip on the ball? – and so a run scored on a 6-4 fielder’s choice instead of the fourth inning ending on a 6-4-3 double play.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Not turning two cost the Yankees three runs as Dustin Pedroia followed with a two-run double, pulling the Red Sox within 5-4.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Two-run home run by Granderson lets the Yankees breathe a little easier here in the fifth. It’s a 7-4 game. And of course, Chavez followed with his third hit of the game.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here comes Dave Robertson, replacing Nova with one out and runners at first and second in the bottom of the fifth. It’s still 7-4 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Robertson gets out of the inning, meanwhile, just confirmed that the Yankees have in fact signed Carlos Silva to a minor league deal. Jon Heyman was the first I saw with the news.

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Martin has his first multi-homer game since 2007. Meanwhile, the Yankees have announced the Silva signing and say he will report to the minor league complex in Tampa on Wednesday.

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