The Yankees have stayed in the wild card race despite their growing disabled list. Can they keep doing that with a crumbling pitching staff? A momentary rally meant nothing when Preston Claiborne gave up a seventh-inning grand slam that sent the Red Sox to an 8-4 win tonight at Fenway Park. In his past three outings, Claiborne has allowed eight runs in an inning and two thirds, just part of a Yankees pitching staff that has fallen toward the bottom of the league down the stretch. All hope seemed lost when Hiroki Kuroda struggled through a four-run, 33-pitch first inning, then loaded the bases with one out in the second. From there, though, Kuroda retired 14 of the next 16 batters to pitch through the sixth without allowing another run. The Yankees chipped away with an offense sparked by the bottom of the order. Brendan Ryan homered for the Yankees first run in the third inning, then Ryan and Chris Stewart singled to setup the two-run seventh, with Robinson Cano tying the game with a double that was his fourth hit of the night.
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