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Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki lead Yankees past Red Sox

Aug 19, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight innings of one-run ball and Ichiro Suzuki homered twice as the Yankees topped the Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday night.

The Bombers claimed two out of three games in the series at Yankee Stadium to maintain their hold on the AL’s best record.

It was the first time in four career starts that Kuroda managed to beat Boston. He had been 0-0 with a 5.27 ERA in two starts against them this year, and he took a loss in his lone start versus the Red Sox while with the Dodgers.

Ichiro delivered a pair of solo shots in his seventh career two-homer game. He also had one back on June 2 for the Mariners. He’s hit .322 with three homers and 13 RBI in 26 games since joining the Yankees.

Josh Beckett took the loss for Boston after giving up four runs in six innings. He’s allowed 10 runs in 11 innings against the Yankees this season, and he’s 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA overall. He’s surrendered seven homers in 16 1/3 innings during the month of August after going the entire months of June and July (47 2/3 innings total) without ever allowing one.

  1. acdc363 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Atta boy Ichiro!

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Slacker… another athlete that was not happy in his last clubhouse so he purposely under-preformed.

  2. thenoblefacehumper - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    This is a great team. The role players and such have been incredible. If Kuroda stays this sizzling hot he could force his way into the Cy Young discussion. I doubt it, but he’s been amazing nonetheless.

  3. willclarkgameface - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Half-assed try Josh Beckett. Now your team officially can’t win 100 games this year. Tough luck.

    Who are we kidding? You and the rest of your band of cry baby brothers SUCK.

  4. cackalackyank - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Not seeing the Cy for Hiro…but starting to wish the Yankess would go against policy and make him an offer for next year already. Doesn’t seem some those young arms in the minors are coming along as hoped, and with Hamels off the FA list might as well lock up a guy that seems to be improving his command of the AL east while they can. Really might want to add Ichiro to that list too. .322 since the trade…not too shabby.

    • thenoblefacehumper - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Yeah I doubt it too, but if he can keep up what he’s been doing lately he has a shot. Regardless he’s been a beast. I’m not really sure why they have that policy, only ends up hurting them really. I’d stay away from Ichiro unless he’s willing to play for the minimum or close to it in a similar role.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      With Hamels off the FA list the Yankees should set their sights on the following off season when that guy known by his initials racking up the wins for the Pirates becomes a free agent. Oh yeah, been there, done that.

      • cackalackyank - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        ummm no thats a guy that clearly can’t handle New York. See also Whitson, Ed and Brown, Kevin.

      • vallewho - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:05 AM

        Funny!

      • Kevin S. - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        AJ handled New York just fine in 2009, and Kevin Brown was pretty old by the time the Yankees got him.

  5. mybrunoblog - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Still plenty of baseball left to play but Cashman looks a genius with the Kuroda acquisition and Ichiro trade. Damm, Yanks bench is strong too. Beckett looks awful. Is it me or is he mailing it in?

    • cackalackyank - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      …well not mailing it but I saw a UPS truck idling on River ave. at 161st.

    • heelbostonfan - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      I didn’t think anyone could be worse than John Lackey. Beckett is proving me wrong.

  6. randygnyc - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Kiroda backs up his complete game shutout of the Rangers with a one run, 8 inning performance tonight. Yanks take 2 out of 3 from the sox as they bid farewell to Crawford’s 2012 season.

  7. randygnyc - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Strange thing about Beckett, I think he gave it his all tonight. I’m thinking this is the best he’s got……..

    • jayquintana - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      While I question his work ethic, I don’t think there’s any doubt that his ace days are over.

    • pisano - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      This was a good win, but I was hoping the Yankees would humiliate Beckett, he just looks like who the hell he is. The good thing is his good days are far behind him and the best he’ll be is a no.3 or no. 4 starter from here on out, and the Sox are stuck with him.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Jesus Christ….if serving up 2 HRs to Ichiro isn’t enough of a wake up call for Beckshitt, nothing will be.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Well it put him in elite company with 6 other pitchers….so don’t be too hasty now.

      • anythingbutyanks - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

        I’m too lazy to look it up myself, but I doubt the other six times he went deep in the same game all came against the starting pitcher. So….Beck’s ‘elite’ company is likely even less than 6 others.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:15 AM

        Tanyon Sturtze, Kevin Appier, Jon Lester, CC Sabathia, Javier Vasquez, Gavin Floyd, Josh Beckett.

        All seven aforementioned pitchers served up both home runs to Ichiro during his multi-HR games.

  9. micker716 - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Who cares? A first place team beat a 4th place non-contender. Oh wait, Sawks-Yanks. That gets hits. Hits pay the bills.

    • zzalapski - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      Worked on you, didn’t it?

  10. thatyankeedude - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Haha! So true given ichiros lack of power Beckett may need to do some soul searching lol.

  11. superseahawk - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Go get em Ichiro! He deserves a championship, hopefully the Yanks can give him one.

  12. denny65 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Sending Mr. Suzuki to the Yankess seems to have benefited both them and the Mariners. With #51 out of the picture, the Ms have been able to give increased outfield playing time to Trayvon Robinson and Eric Thames (along with Michael Saunders and Casper Wells), both of whom have come out swinging, so to speak. And if you haven’t noticed, the Mariners are on a tear of late, including King Felix’s work of perfection.

    And the Yankees got an admittedly aging player who nonetheless has also come out swinging.

    Win-win, I’d say.

  13. uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    The headline of this article says it all “Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki lead Yankees past Red Sox”, yes they did.

  14. Kevin S. - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Rejoice, black people – Boston has a new most-hated minority! /sarcasm

  15. Ryan Karhut - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Mike Trout’s amazing accention is a story to tell for years!

    This Is Not A Fish Story http://t.co/XZpwIN1w

    • cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Ummmm. you posted on the wron thread, right?

  16. heelbostonfan - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    The problem with Beckett is that his curveball sucks. He doesn’t throw in the high 90’s anymore but it doesn’t matter how hard you throw: In the major leagues if you can’t throw a breaking ball for strikes, guys will sit on your fastball and crush it.

    And that’s what has been happening to Beckett. All. Year. Long.

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