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Game 15: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.97)
Garcia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (4-9)
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross CF
Darnell McDonald LF

LHP Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40)
Doubront vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: Rain in the forcast tomorrow, but today looks quite a bit like yesterday. Temperatures might dip a little lower in the later innings.

UMPIRES: HP Bill Welke, 1B Tim Tschida, 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Jeff Nelson

GOING DEEP: The Yankees lead the Majors with 24 home runs. They have homered in six consecutive games and 10 of their past 11. With five home runs yesterday and four on Thursday, the Yankees have their first back-to-back games with at least four homers since 2007.

MORE ABOUT HOME RUNS: The Yankees five home runs yesterday all came off Clay Buchholz. It was the sixth time in the history of the rivalry that the Yankees hit five or more home runs at Fenway Park according to Elias, and it was their most home runs in game at Fenway Park since 2009 when the Yankees hit five off Josh Beckett. That Beckett game was the last time the Yankees hit at least five homers off a single pitcher from any team in a single game (Friday was the sixth such time since 1942).

NOVA’S BIG NUMBER: Ivan Nova has won 15 straigth decisions. He is tied with four other pitchers for the seventh-longest winning streak in the Majors in past 40 years (since 1973), trailing only Roger Clemens (20: 6/3/98-6/1/99 with Toronto and the Yankees), Jose Contreras (17: 8/21/05-7/4/06 with the White Sox), Johan Santana (17: 7/17/04-4/26/05 with Minnesota), Roger Clemens (16: 5/26-9/19/01 with the Yankees), Randy Johnson (16: 8/11/95-5/2/97 with Seattle) and Rick Sutcliffe (16: 7/4/84-4/14/85 with the Cubs). Nova’s streak is the second-longest winning streak by a Yankee in franchise history, trailing only Clemens.

UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Gonzalez gives the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Add an RBI double from Ortiz and it’s 2-0 Red Sox as Garcia finally gets out of the first.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Garcia is getting knocked around a little bit here in Boston. He’s allowed three straight hits and two runs in the second inning and Clay Rapada is warming up in the bullpen. It also looks like David Phelps is starting to stretch and get loose.

UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: That’s it for Garcia, who’s finished after an inning and two thirds. Rapada is in to face Gonzalez (and Ortiz, I assume) while Phelps is warming up in the pen.

UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are just now walking to the bullpen from the dugout, and I’m sure Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano aren’t down there yet. That means, of the four pitchers who were actually available in the bullpen, one is already in the game and the other is already getting warmed up. Not good for the second innings.

UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Ortiz sneaks a ground ball through the shift and Phelps is making his rivalry debut with no outs and a runner at first in the third inning. The Yankees have gotten six outs and they’ve now used three pitchers.

UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Two runs off Phelps — one charged to Rapada — give the Red Sox a 7-0 lead after three innings. It may be worth noting that Dellin Betances is scheduled to start tomorrow for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wonder if he could be in Boston instead to give some depth to a short bullpen.

UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: There’s a scoreless fourth inning for Phelps. Kevin Youkilis, who was hit by a pitch last inning, is now out of the game, replaced by Nate Spears.

UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Mark Teixeira has gone deep, but a two-run homer by the Red Sox last inning means the Teixeira solo shot only pulls the Yankees within 9-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Grand slam by Swisher has the Yankees back in this thing, but still down 9-5. Meanwhile, Phil Humber just completed a perfect game in Seattle.

UPDATE, 6:34 p.m.: Now it’s a ballgame. Teixeira goes deep, a three-run shot to pull the Yankees within 9-8 here int he seventh inning. Teixeira has homered in back-to-back at-bats and these seven runs have all come with one out. Seven straight Yankees have reached base, and all seven have scored.

UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Here’s old friend Alfredo Aceves with a runner at first and no outs in the eighth inning. He’ll face the top of the Yankees order.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: If you turned off the TV, it’s time to turn it back on (actually, you should have turned it back on last inning). Swisher just drove a two-run, go-ahead double off the center field wall giving the Yankees a 10-9 lead int he eighth. They were down 9-0 heading into the sixth.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Unreal. Teixeira’s past three at-bats have been a solo homer, three-run homer and a two-run double. It’s now 12-9 Yankees, and they have the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Two innings ago, the Yankees were losing this game by nine. They’re now winning it by five.




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