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Yankees hit five homers, top Red Sox 6-4

Aug 17, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

Nick Swisher AP

The Bronx Bombers, already with 22 more longballs than any other team in the league entering Friday’s action, pounded out five homers Friday night in defeating the Red Sox 6-4.

Nisk Swisher went deep twice on the night, and Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back in the second inning. Derek Jeter lined a solo shot in the fifth for his 250th career home run.

The Yankees now have 186 homers on the season, 26 more than the second-place Blue Jays. ┬áJeter’s homer was his 10th of the year, giving the Yankees 10 players in double figures. That matches a franchise record.

The Red Sox scored all their runs off Phil Hughes in the fourth, with Dustin Pedroia hitting a three-run homer in the frame. All of the runs were unearned as a result of Hughes’ own error– he threw a potential double-play ball into center field — so his ERA fell to 4.23.

  1. whodeytn - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Who cares anymore? Seriously.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Whodeytn- Presumably, all the fans of the other American League teams would like to know what the Gold Standard of the league is doing. Yankees fans already know how good we are.

  3. pisano - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    “top Red Sox 6-4″ What else is new?

    • bigharold - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      That’s not exactly news any longer.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Well, the Sox did win the last series.

  4. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Thank god Sox fans are somewhere else, tormenting another fan base. Worst fans in the big leagues.

    • taxed00 - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:51 AM

      The Yanks are 6 games up and you still have to find something to whine about? Seriously, sophie?

      Grow up.

  5. vallewho - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Swish does not miss fast balls on fast balls counts…at least this week.

  6. uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Aside from just 2 mistakes one the throwing error mentioned in the piece and the other the HR ball to Pedroia both in the top of the 3rd inning Hughes pitched a great game. Going 7 full innings, allowing NO Earned Runs (4 Unearned), 4 K’s and just 4 Hits in getting his 12th win of the season. A well deserved win for him and the Yankees. And the Yankees just keep on rolling this month.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      Those 4 unearned runs were courtesy of his evil twin sister Phyllis. Phil pitched great. Phyllis didn’t as she gave up the 3 run homer. My fantasy team got lucky as those 4 runs did not count.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        …and your Jays took care of the Rangers.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        So internet highfives all around?

        /highfive

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        I was watching the Jays game when I heard about Pedroia’s home run and said curses. My fantasy team needed a good game from Hughes. I was quite happy to find that the 4 runs were unearned. Hughes has been an enigma. Brilliant at times and quite hittable at others.

      • aleskel - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        I think “brilliant at times and quite hittable at others” describes about 3/5 of the pitchers in baseball.

  7. legacybroken - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    It was a good night for Pedroia, he got to add to his individual numbers while still adding another loss to Bobby V’s record.

    • pisano - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      With Bobby V and Pedroia together it proves there’s more than one runt in a litter.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      He came thisclose to tying the game in the 8th with another homer. As a Yankees fan even I have to tip my hat to the guy, if we had any less of a player than Cano at 2nd base I’d say the Yankees should go after him like crazy.

      • pisano - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        southofheaven81…….as another Yankee fan, it would be a disgrace to see that gopher faced runt in pinstripes. He would be better suited to go to the NL, I have a feeling he won’t be in Boston all that much longer as his big mouthed back stabbing antics has caused a lot of discontent there.

  8. cornfedhonky - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    @pisano – couldn’t agree more. Pedroia is almost as despicable as Valentine, the two deserve each other.

  9. shockgee - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Little League ball park. May want to test Swisher and Granderson while you’re at it, MLB.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      N Swisher homered to left (368 feet). – 29
      C Granderson homered to right (346 feet). – 6
      R Martin homered to right (340 feet). – 1
      D Jeter homered to left (381 feet). – 30
      N Swisher homered to right center (396 feet). – 9

      Numbers after are the amount of ballparks it would have gone out in at the same distance and vector, so one YSIII cheapie. Swisher also has the 4th highest ISO of his career and Granderson third, that’s definitely a reason to test them.

      Anything else you want to bring up? Can we go for a third wrong assumption…

    • md23rewlz - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      It’s the darnedest thing, but when the Yankees are batting it’s a Little League park, and when the Red Sox are batting it magically morphs into a DIFFERENT park with lasers and high walls. If only when these teams played each other, they both got to hit in the same park. I mean, if that happened, it would almost be like the Yankees didn’t have an advantage at all–in fact, had a disadvantage, because their pitching staff has to pitch in a Little League park for 81 games. Thank God that’s not the case, though, and that the walls and lasers magically appear. As for Granderson and Swisher, they do get tested. It’s not like they are magically exempt just because they hit home runs last night. I wish magic was real, but in all cases, alas, it is not.

  10. aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Well, of course they did! It was friggin’ Boston after all.

    Has a team ever forfeited a season? The fans can’t take much more of this humiliating bullshit.

  11. giantssb42champs - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Seriously, is there a larger group of whiney, excuse laden fans than the Red Sox have? Now its the Yankees hit “Little league homers”….

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