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Yankees postgame: Phelps impresses but Lester rules08.18.12

David Phelps continued to make a positive impression despite taking this 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. The rookie went a career-high 6 2/3 and gave up just three runs and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none in what will likely be his final start before CC Sabathia comes off the DL. Joe Girardi said he hopes that will be Friday night in Cleveland.

But Phelps can still be an asset in the bullpen. He’s 3-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 24 outings overall. In his five starts, including two since Sabathia went down with his elbow problem, Phelps is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA. Someone will have to go to make room for Sabathia, but Phelps is pitching better than Joba Chamberlain and Cody Eppley right now.

“We like what he does,” Girardi said about Phelps. “He’s a guy that’s somewhat of a swing guy for us. If we need him to start, he can start. If we need him to give us an inning in the bullpen, a couple of innings in the bullpen, he can do that. If we need him to give long relief, he can do that.

“He’s a valuable guy on your team because he can do so many different things, and he’s had success in all areas.”

Phelps was done in by an opposite-field, two-run homer in the first by Adrian Gonzalez.

“It was right where we wanted it,” Phelps said. “The ball was down and off the plate. … It’s incredibly frustrating.”

Jon Lester’s inconsistency has been problematic for Boston, but the Yankees managed just five hits off the lefty. He’s still only 7-10 with a 5.03 after back-to-back starts with one run allowed.

“When you look up at the numbers, you kind of step back because you know that’s not the type of pitcher he really is,” said Nick Swisher, who had two of his three hits off Lester. “Tonight you got the best Jon Lester that we’ve seen in a while.”

The Yankees finished 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s hard to win a game when you do that,” Girardi said.

Curtis Granderson seems to be breaking out of his slump, coming through with a homer and two hits for the second consecutive game. Both homers were off left-handers. He has hit 11 of his 32 off lefties.

Derek Jeter lost his 13-game hitting streak. He batted .367 over that stretch.

Robinson Cano is struggling right now. He went hitless for the fourth consecutive game with an at-bat, his worst stretch since a four-game hitless run in 2008. His career high is five straight. That was in 2005.

The Yankees need to come up with an answer for Pedro Ciriaco. He had a four-hit game against them at Fenway last month and he went 4 for 4 in this game. He’s batting .517 against them in seven games, going 15 for 29. He’s batting .276 in 28 games against other teams.

“He’s on fire against us,” Phelps said. “It’s one of those things.”

Sunday night baseball on ESPN with feature a pitching matchup between Hiroki Kuroda, who has been very good, and Josh Beckett, who has not.

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Game 111: Yankees at Red Sox08.05.11

YANKEES (68-42)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30)
Colon vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (68-42)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Josh Reddick RF
Marco Scutaro SS

LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)
Lester vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s been sunny ever since I landed, highs in the 70s. Not bad at all. Doesn’t look like there’s much chance of rain until Sunday.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Jeff Kellogg

SINCE THE LAST TIME: This weekend’s series is the first between these teams since Boston swept three games at Yankee Stadium in early June. Since that sweep the Yankees have gone 35-15 (.700), with the best winning percentage by an AL team over the stretch. They’ve won seven straight games and seven straight series, and they’ve gone 12-1-2 in series play since that sweep by the Red Sox.

DON’T WALK THIS WAY: The Yankees pitching staff did not walk a batter in their four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. According to Elias, the Yankees became the third team in the Modern Era (since 1900) to not issue a walk while sweeping a four-game series. Boston did it twice, once as the Americans in 1905 and once as the Red Sox in 1968.

ROBBIE AT HOME IN FENWAY: Robinson Cano is a career .366 hitter at Fenway Park. According to Elias, that’s the fourth-highest all-time batting average at Fenway Park among visiting players with at least 200 at-bats. Elias also says that he has the highest career average among Yankees all-time at Fenway, and he’s hit safely in his last eight games in this park. In 55 career games here, he has never gone hitless in consecutive games.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: The Yankees squandered an opportunity in the top of the second. The Red Sox grounded into a double play in the bottom half. Still scoreless heading into the third.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Hard takeout slide by Nunez lets Jeter reach, but he’s immediately thrown out trying to steal.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Good at-bat by Ellsbury, who just doubled off the monster for  a two-out RBI double in the third. It’s 1-0 Red Sox.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: GameDay has it as an 88-mph fastball. I thought it looked like a slider. Whatever it was, Ortiz hit it out for a solo home run and a 2-0 Red Sox lead after four innings.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: It seems the entire press box knew Andruw Jones was about to be doubled off about four seconds before he realized it. That’s pretty terrible base running from a guy who seems to have a good reputation on the bases. Still 2-0 Red Sox heading into the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: There’s the Yankees first walk in the month of August. It puts two on with two out for Pedroia here in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Here’s Boone Logan to face Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. If Boone gives it up, the Internet might explode.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Three-pitch strikeout by Logan. That second slider had Gonzalez completely off balance, clearly expecting a fastball.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: The Yankees have tied it in the sixth, but the tying run scored on a double play ball after a nice at-bat by Cano. They still have a chance to take the lead with Swisher at the plate and a runner at third.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Swisher sneaks a double past third base and the Yankees are in front, 3-2.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: The Red Sox guessed right with the pitchout and nailed Nunez stealing to end the top of the seventh. It’s still 3-2, and it looks like the Yankees are going to try to roll out Soriano-Robertson-Rivera to close it out.

Also, Gardner is now playing left.

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Game 58: Yankees vs. Red Sox06.07.11

YANKEES (33-24)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34)
Garcia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (33-26)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS

LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94)
Lester vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 / MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s actually warmer here than it was in Los Angeles this weekend. Wind blowing out to right field.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Brian Knight

DELAYING THE INEVITABLE: Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games because of his actions on Saturday (he got into an aggressive screaming match with the home plate umpire), but Papelbon won’t serve his suspension right now. He’s appealed, so he’ll be available tonight.

TROUBLE WITH THE DOUBLE: Weird note from the Yankees: Mark Teixeira has gone a career-long 25 games without double. He hasn’t hit one since May 8 in Texas. He average 37.75 doubles per season through the first eight years of his career and has finished Top 10 in doubles three times.

ONE AWAY: Derek Jeter is still 14 hits away from No. 3,000, but he’s only one run away from tying Willie Keeler for the 22nd most runs in baseball history. He’s scored 1,719. Alex Rodriguez is currently 17th in runs with 1,792, seven away from Ted Williams in 16th place.

MAKING CONTACT: Jeter has not struck out in his past 52 plate appearances, the longest such streak of his career. He last struck out May 24 against Toronto starter Ricky Romero. He is on pace for the fewest single-season strikeouts of his career.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Well that was unexpected. A home run by Jacoby Ellsbury and a triple by Adrian Gonzalez — no, I don’t have those reversed — have gotten the Red Sox out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: That doesn’t look good at all. Teixeira could barely walk off the field. Lester just drilled him in the right knee. Posada is off the bench to replace him.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Third batter in the second inning, Luis Ayala already getting loose.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Wow. An inning and two thirds from Garcia. Here comes Ayala. I’m guessing we might see a little Hector Noesi action tonight.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Welcome home, Derek. That went down as an infield single, putting him 13 away.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Mark Teixeira has a right knee contusion. He’s going to be reevaluated tomorrow but x-rays were negative. Seems like good news. As good as the Yankees could have hoped for, anyway.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Wouldn’t you know it? Posada just snapped an 0-for-27 against lefties this season with a single off Lester. The guy finally got a hit against a lefty in a game he didn’t start specifically because of the lefty.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Really nice catch by J.D. Drew. Even Jorge Posada might have scored from first base on that one. Also, here’s Noesi to start the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: The fact the Yankees are even within three runs at this point is pretty remarkable. If not for the David Ortiz homer in the top of the fifth, Nick Swisher’s two-run double in the bottom half would pulled the Yankees within one. Instead, it’s 6-3.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Pretty easy to read Danks’ lips. Looked like he said he felt something in his back on that pitch. He’s out of the game. Here’s Matt Albers out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Really nice work by Noesi. The kid keeps proving his value. That’s five inning with only the Ortiz home run as a real problem. He’s retired 11 in a row.

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Game 38: Yankees vs. Red Sox05.15.11

YANKEES (20-17)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 2.61)
Garcia vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (19-20)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

LHP Jon Lester (4-1, 2.96)
Lester vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN

WEATHER: The tarp came off the field about four hours ago, but it could be hit-or-miss with the rain all night.

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

THE BEGINNING: Today is the 70th anniversary of the start of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. It began with a single off Eddie Smith at Yankee Stadium.

THE DAY AFTER: Since the start of the 2008 season, the Yankees are 18-6 in games immediately following a shutout.

THE REAL PROBLEM: The Yankees are 5-for-39 (.128) with runners in scoring position in the past four games, all of them losses.

THE NEXT MILESTONE: Alex Rodriguez is four runs from tying Paul Molitor for 17th place on baseball’s all-time list. Rodriguez has scored 1,778 times.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Very, very cool. Tonight’s roll call included, “Jorge! Jorge! Jorge!” He waved from the dugout.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Posada met with Cashman before tonight’s game and the Yankees have announced that there will be no fine or other disciplinary measure taken against him.

Meanwhile… RBI single by Mark Teixeira has given the Yankee a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: The Yankees gave the Red Sox a run in the top of the second — what’s with Martin dropping the third strikes lately? — but they got it right back when Jones clubbed a solo homer to left. It’s 2-1, still with no outs in the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Curtis Granderson is a new kind of hitter. That’s his 13th homer of the year — and yet another off a lefty — to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: A three-run home run by Kevin Youkilis tied the game in the third, now a solo shot — with two outs — by David Ortiz has given the Red Sox a 5-4 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Very nice diving/sliding catch by Gardner and a line drive grab by Rodriguez have gotten the Yankees through the top of the sixth — both outs credited to Boone Logan — still down 5-4. The lineup showed some early life, but it’s been MIA as usual the past three innings.

UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Of course that just happened. During this stretch, Rodriguez letting a potential double play ball — at the very least an easy out at third — slip through his legs was almost predictable. Ugly play to extend the Boston lead to 6-4.

UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: On Friday, Bard went with a fastball up high to strikeout Swisher. Tonight he went with a fastball down low.

UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Jorge Posada pinch hitting to open the eighth. The crowd is going nuts.

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Game 155: Yankees vs. Red Sox09.25.10

YANKEES (92-62)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.11)
Nova has never faced the Red Sox

RED SOX (85-68)
Marco Scutaro 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Ryan Kalish CF
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B

LHP Jon Lester (18-8, 3.06)
Lester vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m. / FOX

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Jerry Crawford

WEATHER: Bright and sunny with temperatures in the 80s. Could drop into the 70s by the late innings, but should remain sunny throughout.

THREE DOWN: The Yankees have lost three in a row at home, matching their longest home losing streak of the season. Under Joe Girardi, the Yankees lost four in a row at home once in 2008 and once in 2009.

THREE TIMES: Last night was the third time the Yankees hit six home runs in a loss. According to Elias, they also did it in 1999 (Knoblauch, Ledee, two from O’Neill, two from Posada) and in 1950 (Berra, Coleman, DiMaggio, Henrich, two from Bauer).

THREE IS THE NUMBER: The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains three.

MORE THAN THREE: The Yankees have allowed seven or more runs and 10 or more hits in back-to-back games for the first time since August 15-16, 1945 in St. Louis.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Ivan Nova got through the top six hitters in this Red Sox lineup, and now it’s the bottom third that’s given him trouble. A hit batter, walk and single have loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning.

UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: How long is the leash on Nova? Maybe not nearly as long as the past two times out. Dave Robertson is already getting loose in the bullpen. The Red Sox have taken a 2-0 lead with two outs in the third.

UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: RBI single by David Ortiz pushed the Boston lead to 3-0 before Nova got out of the third with a ground ball to third base. He’s at 55 pitches.

UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: First time against the bottom of the order, Nova hit a guy, walked a guy and allowed a single. Second time through, he got the bottom three to strikeout, ground out, ground out. This might be nothing more than the growing pains of a young pitcher. After the final runner reached in that three-run third, Nova got the next six hitters out, without letting the ball leave the infield.

UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Now Nova’s in trouble again. A two-out double and two-out walk have put two on for David Ortiz in the fifth.

UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: And here comes Girardi. Nova’s out. Royce Ring is in.

UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.: Ring got a weak ground ball, but it was just far enough up the middle to get past Cano for an RBI single. Now it’s trusted setup man Chad Gaudin coming in to face Beltre.

UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: The Yankees finally got a base runner on Alex Rodriguez’s walk, but Cano immediately grounded into a double play, Thames struck out and Jon Lester is through five hitless innings.  A 4-0 deficit looks pretty big right now.

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Gaudin’s kept the score right where it was. It’s still 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. A nice catch from Austin Kearns helped.

UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: The Yankees won’t be no-hit today. Francisco Cervelli dumped a single that Daniel Nava couldn’t quite catch, leaving two on with one out for the top of the order in the sixth.

UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: With Lester dealing a rookie in left field, the Yankees took a shot, but Nava made a good throw and Austin Kearns was out at the plate. It’s still 4-0. Now up to Swisher.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Back-to-back home runs off Gaudin. It’s now 6-0.

UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: The two big boys from Scranton, Romulo Sanchez and Jonathan Albaladejo, stranded runners to keep the score 6-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Lester is finally finished after seven innings of two-hit ball.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Curtis Granderson’s sixth home run in the past 10 games has put the Yankees on the board, but it’s still a 6-2 deficit heading into the ninth.

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Game 30: Yankees at Red Sox05.09.10

Yankees Red Sox Baseball

YANKEES (21-8)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99)
Career vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (15-16)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Darnell McDonald CF

LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m./ESPN

UMPIRES: HP Tim McClelland, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Adrian Johnson

WEATHER: Bundle up everyone. It’s going to be a little chilly here in Boston. Only a 10 percent chance of rain — a delay would be brutal for a group of sports writers trying to catch an early flight to Detroit — so hopefully we won’t have a repeat of yesterday’s game.

SWISH AT THE DISH: Nick Swisher has driven in at least one run in six of the Yankees seven games this month. His four home runs in May are the most in the majors and he’s raised his season average from .250 to .298.

JUST WINS BABY: This comes straight from the Yankees media notes, including the title, which is absolutely perfect. Alfredo Aceves improved to 3-0 last night and he’s now 14-1 in his career. It’s the best start for any major leaguer through 15 career decisions since Bob Wickman went 14-1 with the Yankees from 1992 through June of 1993. According to Elias, no other major leaguers have started their careers 14-1 since 1961.

REAL MEN SWING PINK: As you can see in the picture above, Robinson Cano will be one of several Yankees and Red Sox using pink bats today to promote breast cancer awareness. In the clubhouse before the game A.J. Burnett was also wearing pink sweatbands on his arms and a lot of Yankees — Brett Gardner, Kevin Russo, Francisco Cervelli, David Robertson, etc. — were wearing pink necklaces.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: That’s an error on Thames and a 1-0 lead for the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Well that wasn’t good. Nine Red Sox batters came to the plate. Five of them scored. It’s now 6-0 Red Sox and Burnett doesn’t look great.

UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s huge month of May continues with a massive home run to left.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: And now Alex Rodriguez has gone deep — Stick It! — to snap a 61-at-bat homer-less streak. It’s now 6-2 Red Sox.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: There goes Girardi. He was just tossed for arguing on Thames’ behalf. Thames started to have a conversation with home plate umpire Tim McClelland, then Girardi came out after the conversation got animated. Girardi argued for a while and was walking away when he was tossed. It was Girardi’s 12th career ejection and his first this year.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Two-out RBI double makes it 7-2 Red Sox. Still no action in the Yankees bullpen.

Yankees Red Sox Baseball

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Associated Press photographic evidence of the Girardi ejection.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Romulo Sanchez getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. This will be his Yankees debut, but not his major league debut. He pitched out of the Pirates bullpen a few years ago.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Two-run home run by Hermida and here comes Romulo. Big time fastball. Changeup is his second best pitch.

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Kevin Russo is in to play third, Ramiro Pena is in to play short. Sanchez has been good so far.

UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: At least Robinson Cano is still hitting. His second hit of the game has scored Ramiro Pena and made it a 9-3 game.

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