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Franklin Morales knocked around as Yankees take first game of doubleheader

Jul 7, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

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The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 10-8 last night without hitting a home run, just their second win this season without a homer, but they put on another power display this afternoon.

Franklin Morales was knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings as a Bombers cruised to a 6-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader.

Morales gave up four runs in the first inning, including a three-run home run by Nick Swisher and a solo shot by Andruw Jones. He served up back-to-back homers to Jones and Jayson Nix to begin the fourth inning and was pulled two batters later. The 25-year-old southpaw had allowed just four earned runs over 18 innings in his previous three starts and entered today’s action with a 2.51 ERA overall. It went up to 3.50 with the clunker, though he still has a good chance to keep a rotation spot even after Clay Buchholz returns from the disabled list.

Freddy Garcia was excellent against a weak Boston lineup, allowing one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking a pair. The only run scored when Mauro Gomez, who was filling in for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, delivered an RBI single in the fourth. CC Sabathia is expected to return from the disabled list after the All-Star break, so the Yankees will have to decide whether Garcia or David Phelps will remain in the rotation. Phelps gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings against the Rays on Wednesday while striking out eight.

The Yankees have won each of their first four games against the Red Sox this season. They’ll look to stay undefeated when Phil Hughes squares off against Felix Doubront in the nightcap.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.
    Beating the Red Sox makes deathmonkey a happy boy.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Speaking of which, I’m about ready to take an axe to Larry Lucchino’s office door like Jack Torrance.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Yankees do, what they do best. Win. Often.

    The bright spot form the red sox? Germano. Very impressed with his performance, which is notable beyond just this afternoons game. He saved their bullpen for the rest of the series. Failing to execute could have been a death blow for the remaining 2 games.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Germano did look good but keep in mind more often than not the Yankees have trouble with pitchers they haven’t seen before. And I think that being the case with Germano at least in part contributed to his success this afternoon. Because there really is nothing in his history to indicate his performance today is the norm. Just my opinion.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Ah, screw this whole team.

    The Sox manage to get on a bit of a roll, and then promptly destroy whatever momentum they may have had. They’re a total disaster.

    The Yankees have been beyond impressive this year considering injuries and the advancing age of their key stars. Gotta tip my hat to them…total class organization.

    • pisano - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      aces….. and you my friend show a lot of class in your props to the Yankees, thanks from all Yankee fans.

      • bozosforall - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        A$$eshigh only shows what a typical bandwagon Boston fan he is. The letter “B” on the caps that hey and their team wear stands for “bandwagon” which fits them to a T.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I never said I was going to stop supporting the Red Sox. They’re simply an extremely unlikeable, underachieving group of prima donnas.

        And of course, even though I complimented your team, you still found it necessary to work yourself up into a hateful, psychotic rage and attempt to insult me, because that’s what you do.

        It’s who you are.

        You’re a disgrace to humanity. Kill yourself. Now. NO ONE will miss you, trust me…not even your family if you have one, you miserable, sociopathic sack of shit.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        I thought that was a bit much, but I guess somebody had to say it.

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