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Yankees crush Red Sox, claim AL East lead over O’s

Oct 1, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Suzuki and Jeter celebrate as they score against Boston Red Sox in MLB game in New York Reuters

The Yankees exploded for nine runs in the second on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Red Sox on Monday and moved a game up on the Orioles for first place in the AL East after Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay 5-3.

The Bombers hit four homers as part of their huge frame, with Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira all going deep.

Martin’s homer was somewhat controversial, as a fan — in a Red Sox shirt, no less — reached over the wall with his cap in an attempt to haul it in. The ball, though, ended up bouncing off his wrist, suggesting that it would have hit off the top of the wall and bounced over if not for the interference. It was ruled a homer on the field, and the call went unchanged after being reviewed.

The Red Sox bounced back to outscore the Yankees 2-1 over the rest of the game, giving them something to build on for… no, really, who am I kidding?

CC Sabathia cruised to his 15th victory, allowing two runs and four hits in eight innings against a lineup that included two regulars (Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia). Clay Buchholz allowed eight of the nine runs in the second and was pulled after 1 2/3.

Tampa Bay’s win was much closer, and it at least temporarily kept the Rays in postseason contention, pending Oakland’s result tonight. Alex Cobb allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings to improve to 11-9. Rookie Wei-Yin Chen gave up four runs — one earned — in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss, leaving him 12-11.

Fernando Rodney broke his tie with Dennis Eckersley and is now in position to sport the lowest ERA of all-time after pitching a scoreless ninth for his 47th save. He’s at 0.605, down from 0.614 to begin the day. The Rays wanted to get through the game without using Rodney, but after entering to begin the ninth, Kyle Farnsworth gave up a single and a homer in what had been a 5-1 game.

The Orioles will now need some help from the Red Sox to avoid slipping into the wild card position. The Rays still have a slight chance at the second wild card, but they’ll need the A’s to lose three straight to Texas.

  1. quonce - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Yes, the Yankees crushed the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight.

    Move on.

    • db105 - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      Who doesn’t mind watching spring training type lineups in Sept?

  2. randygnyc - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    If Oakland loses, the orioles are in trouble (although they’re winning right now)

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    On a positive note for Red Sox fans, the team will get a very high draft pick next season.

    • Kevin Gillman - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Not as high as the Indians, that’s the ONLY saving grace for our season too.

    • humanexcrement - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Yeah, they’ll get a high draft pick, but remember that smart guy, the one who was really good at drafting players, even when his team was good and didn’t pick very high in the draft? He ain’t there no more.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Are you talking about the same smart guy who signed Lackey and Crawford to absurd contracts his last 3 years on the team?

      • badintent - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        Yo, yo RS Nation , thanks to your fan tipping Martin’s drive with his Sox cap ! We really don’t need his help but we’re sending box seats tickets for the first playoff game by Fedex With a Yankee cap !!

        Thanks Theo Epstein( former GM ) for screwing the Sox royally ! My rabbi will drop off the $$ tonight ! Oy Vey ! You can get back your old position at JP Morgan as a currency trader. Just don’t crazy, your limit is $200 million .Sound familiar ???

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        humanexcrement meet dirtyharry1971.

      • deathmonkey41 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        Dirty Harry was Jewish?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Yea look at what all those high picks do for the bluegays? So much that they are now getting worse with each year!!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      aww whats the matter proudly? Does the truth hurt? I didnt say anything that was false, the jays had 20 years of top picks and look at what its got them? It got them trash just like you thats what it got them

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    And another 200 IP season for the big man. Had 3 starts and 24 IP left to hit the mark, and put up:

    8 IP – 0 ER 11/2 K/BB
    8 IP – 2 ER 10/1 K/BB
    8 IP – 2 ER 7/1 K/BB

  5. prosourcetalk - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Hat tip to Craig for pointing out the Sox AAA lineup earlier.

  6. humanexcrement - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I wonder if Bobby V is throwing this series to fuck over the Orioles to quiet that nagging voice in his head:

    “Should have taken the Baltimore job….should have taken the Baltimore job….should have……..”

  7. papichulo55 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Good to watch CC get his Swag back! Dont really matter who was in the lineup for the RedSox. Yankees goin nowhere without CC being a dominant pitcher.

  8. randygnyc - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Texas loses and now shares the best record in the American league. Oakland is in. Angels out. Orioles are going to love that the rays have been eliminated. They could put out their JV squad tmrw.

  9. uyf1950 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    It seems much is being made about the fact that the Red Sox have played a lot of call ups, etc… Well who’s fault is that. They are the ones that either traded away players like Youkilis and Gonzalez and Scurato and several others. And as for them losing, the Yankees hit 4 HR’s in the 2nd inning ALL of them against their front line starter Clay Buchholz not one of the scrubs and against Aceves who just a couple of months ago was their closer. Those 2 regular pitchers allowed 9 of the 10 Yankees runs. So let’s put to rest talk about it was the no names and call ups in the Red Sox line up that didn’t show up for the game. When the regular pitchers give up 9 earned runs in 2 innings virtually all of them as a result of home runs most teams are going to lose that game regardless of who’s in the line up. That’s just the way it is.

  10. crispybasil - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    To be fair, this was a close game until the second inning.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      The understatement of the month.

  11. nybostonfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    RS starting pitching has been horrid this year. Consider this fact: Not one of the regular starting pitchers had an ERA below the league average. What happened to the pitching staff? I think that Ben really needs to think about the job that V-Tek did as a game manager. Salty may hit 25 homers (with a .220 avg) but he is not the answer. They need a catcher who knows how to call a game. That is just one of the many areas that need improvement.

    What was worst; the meltdown of ’11 or the no hope year of ’12? I’d have to say that ’11 was worse.

  12. willclarkgameface - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    The least you could do was TRY to beat the Yankees to:
    1) begin to end the season on a slightly positive note
    2) help the Orioles in getting the AL East and not letting your media-assigned rival get it

    No pride Red Sox. No pride.

  13. deathmonkey41 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Valentine should just himself kicked out on the first pitch the next two games. At least then he can go lounge out in the clubhouse. He looks so disinterested.

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