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Red Sox pick up 13 more hits to beat the Yankees 7-4

Apr 3, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley singles in front of New York Yankees Chris Stewart in MLB game in New York Reuters

For the Yankees to have much of a chance this year, they’re going to have to rack up their runs without hitting a bunch of homers.

Their biggest rivals are showing them how its done.

On a bitterly cold Wednesday night in the Bronx, the Red Sox amassed 11 singles and two doubles to beat the Yankees 7-4. In two games, they’ve scored 15 runs without the benefit of a home run, and they’re now 2-0 for the first time since 1999.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda already seemed to be in the midst of an off night when he had the top of his fingers grazed by Shane Victorino‘s liner through the middle in the top of the second. He remained in, but faced just four more batters, hitting two of them and walking another. He was then removed with an injury with the Yankees down 2-0.

The Red Sox added on from there, scoring four times off Cody Eppley in the third. The Yankees, meanwhile, totaled just one run in seven innings off Clay Buchholz. It was quite a change from the last time they saw him; last October 2, the Yankees torched Buchholz for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, taking his season ERA from 4.22 to 4.56.

The Yankees did come back with three runs in the eighth on a line-drive homer from Vernon Wells off Alfredo Aceves. Still, it was too little, too late.

The Red Sox went out of their way to improve the clubhouse atmosphere over the winter, and while it’d be rather ridiculous to say that it’s paid off after two games, they have put together a couple of really impressive team efforts. Every Red Sox starter except Will Middlebrooks collected a hit tonight. The seven runs were driven in by six different players and scored by six different players. The one guy to score twice was Jackie Bradley Jr., who picked up his first major league hit when he singled in the sixth.

  1. themuddychicken - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Beats starting out 0-6 and 1-5 in back-to-back years. Whatever happens, it’s bound to be more fun that last year, almost regardless of where they end up.

    Man I was freezing just watching them play on tv, it looked cold!

  2. ienjoysensi - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I’m guessing Uyf is pretty upset right now. Recall him writing quite a bunch of negative posts on the victorino signing . He seems to be fitting in quite nicely. Yankees are in trouble . While the Red Sox have a gritty core of young players and a few good vets to make a fun run at the playoffs this year . That’s just my opinion though . That rotation is gonna have serious issues as well. That’s just my opinion though .

  3. thebadguyswon - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Yankees suck

    • bigharold - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Scintillating analysis!

  4. aceshigh11 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Even the most cynical, bitter Red Sox fan has to smile a little after witnessing a positive start like this.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      I am still cautiously optimistic…..

      But “Oh, we’re still in this because we still have 9 games against (Baltimore, Toronto, Tampa) left” isn’t actually any different than “we still have 9 games against New York left) come August… we shall see.

    • anxovies - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      A smile is just a cynical, bitter frown turned upside down.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    …and the undefeated season rages on

  6. j0esixpack - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Let’s not get too excited thinking the Sox are a strong team just yet.

    After all, it’s just the Yankees they’re playing.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Beating CC and Kuroda isn’t exactly nothing.

      In fact, baseball is a fairly unpredictable game so I think, at this point, expecting the Sox to lose 5-10 games isn’t unreasonable…..

      So worst case this Sox team is a 152-10 ball club.

      And that’s pretty good, right?

      • j0esixpack - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I don’t know – I wouldn’t be shocked if the Yankees, with the $230 million payroll, come in last place this season

        It’d be fitting for Yankees fans to have to eat some humble pie – they’re spoiled thinking that money can buy championships. It doesn’t always.

        The Sox meanwhile are back towards the middle of the pack of the teams that actually spend enough to attempt to contend (there’s obviously a bunch of team owners that won’t spend more than $50 million on payroll)

  7. theskinsman - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Great way to start the season. I wonder if Uyf thinks these games count?

    • lazlosother - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Can’t speak for anyone else, but yeah, I think the games count. Poor start for NY, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Runs are going to be at a premium for a while and the thought was that the rotation & pen would have to be very good. So far, not so much. We’ll just have to sit back and see how things go. Could be a long year, but two games is too early to panic. On the bright side, Vernon Wells did something positive. Allways look at the bright side of life.

      Boston fans have to be psyched that Pedroia and Ellsbury look healthy this year, and Lester has been back to his old self.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    The only thing I’m hoping for from this piss-poor start is that the Yanks fire Kevin Long. I’m tired of hearing about how this guy is one of the best in the business. Since he’s come aboard, the Yanks approach at the plate has gotten worse every year. You have a bunch of guys going to up hacking with what seems like no plan at all. It’s not like he’s taken a bunch of no-names and had them doing great things. He’s taken a $230 mil payroll and turned them into a team that gets shut down against every good pitcher and one that disappears in the postseason. And if Girardi shows that he’s not able to win without the benefit of the 3R HR, then maybe it’s time for him to move on also.


    I’m not entirely against a Yanks down season- as long as it means a retooling in the offseason. I don’t like this team- it’s not built like the ones that won those WS in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I’d much rather have the Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez’s of the world rather than the A-Rod’s and Texieria’s.

  9. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Two lopsided losses? Not a problem, the Yankees will, as they always do, just buy their way out of…oh right, George ‘winning is everything’ Steinbrenner is no more.

    Now in his place are his sons who soley care about the bottom line.

    Welcome to reality Yankee fans…and last place (for the foreseeable future)

    Old George is rolling over in his grave…Hahahahaha!

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