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Mark Reynolds homers in debut, Alfonso Soriano stays red hot as Yankees win

Aug 16, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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In the lineup at first base in his first game as a Yankee, Mark Reynolds made it count. Reynolds blasted a two-run home run to left field off of Felix Doubront in the second inning, bolstering the Yankee lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, outfielder Alfonso Soriano continued to stay red hot. The former Cub entered the night with 14 RBI and four home runs in his last three games. Soriano blasted home run #25 on the season (#8 as a Yankee), a three-run shot off of Doubront in the third, bringing the Yankees up to 6-0.

Meanwhile, Yankees starter Andy Pettitte was solid, allowing three unearned runs over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out five before deferring to the bullpen. The combination of Shawn Kelley and David Robertson held the Red Sox offense silent. Joba Chamberlain got two outs in the ninth but loaded the bases in the process, so manager Joe Girardi called on lefty David Huff. Huff retired Jacoby Ellsbury to finalize the 10-3 victory.

Alex Rodriguez, by the way, went 2-for-4 with a walk. Soriano finished 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, bolstering his stats over the last four games to five home runs and 18 RBI, tying the Major League record for RBI in a four-game span. Per ESPN Stats & Info, others to do it include Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Sammy Sosa, Jim Bottomley, and Tony Lazzeri. He has had four consecutive three-hit games, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Johnny Damon in 2006, per the YES Network. Since joining the Yankees, he is hitting .320/.354/.667.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    in other news the bluejays bullpen blew yet another game…… That’s it for sports, back to you Bob for weather…..

    • knicksmets - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      How does that relate to the article?

      • ditto65 - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

        It doesn’t. That’s why he wrote “In other news”…

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        In other news, Harry’s mother never liked him best.

      • theskinsman - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        You must be fairly new here.Harry, is the room temperature IQ cyber village idiot here.He only shows up when the Yanks manage a win or 2, and vanishes when they don’t.He is obsessed with the Blue Jays,as they are the only team his Yanks are better than in the division.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Yea Foreskins man I am new here how did you know? No pulling one on you!!

      • nbjays - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        You know, harry, for someone who claims to write history books (yeah, right), you have an appalling lack of reading comprehension. That period before your name in Skins’ post would indicate to the semi-intelligent that he wasn’t referring to you, but to ditto65. But then again, it’s all about you and your anti-Jays ranting, so I would expect no different.

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Soriano has been incredible these last 4 games. Big difference in Pettitte between this game and his previous 2. Oh and 2 errors by the error machine Nunez allowed the Red Sox to score their only runs in this game.

    • pisano - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      uyf1950…. I’m worried about Nunez at SS, you’re correct, he’s an error waiting to happen. I don’t think Jeter will be at full strength for the rest of the year, so Nunez will be in there a lot, which is scary.I can just visualize him making an error to squash the Yankees hopes sooner or later, it seems it has to happen.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:28 AM

        My friend, you shouldn’t be worried you should be scared to death. At least one good sign was that late in the game Girardi subbed Nix for Nunez defensively. I have a saying I’m sure you have heard of it: “better late than never”. I just wish they would ONLY use Nunez as the DH, but until someone from the Yankees organization ask for my opinion that probably won’t happen. Keep the faith my friend. The Yankees are a better team today then they were just 10 days ago.

      • Glenn - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        The Yankees still have hopes to squash? This is only the last spasm of dying season – no hope to see here.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Glenn, without hope you might as well be a Red Sox fan !

    • mikefoxtrot - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      one of those errors, the first charged to Nunez, was bogus

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Let’s not give too much credit to the Yankees.

    The Red Sox are in full blown choke mode.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      I think that he Red Sox are 2 and 6 in their last 8 games, while the Yankees are 6 and 2 in their last 8 games.

  4. mrlaloosh - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Red Sox Sux.

  5. badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    You the driver ? Back the truck up here. Lets see your manifest.YANKEE PIXIE DUST ? That’s the second delivery this week.
    Not my fault. You guys used the entire first one on some Soriano guy. This is for Reynolds.
    OK,OK. See ya next week again all over again.
    who are you ?
    Some guy named Yogi.
    Did ya know Bucky Dent?

  6. theskinsman - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    The only way the Yankees see a playoff game this season is on TV or if they buy a ticket. The Red Sox are slumping right now,no question about it. No sane person predicted they would lead the division the whole season. This Sox fan is just enjoying them being relevant again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      ah ok, foreskins fan is a sox fan, that explains everything. Thanks for explaining the problem

      • theskinsman - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        The problem is your total lack of intelligence, maturity,baseball knowledge and class.
        Now go get your A-Rod jammies on before Mom kicks you off the keyboard.It IS a school night,and we all are quite aware you need all the education you can get.

  7. gmenfan1982 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    The Yankees have 3/4 of their remaining games against the AL East. Perfect situation for them to gain ground. Go Bombers

    • bigharold - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Or lose ground. But, either way we’re about to find out what the Yankees have got. Also, it’s already better not watching the Yankees lose games 2-0, 3-1 …

  8. cackalackyank - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    This is certainly a nice change from what we have seen for most of the season. It goes to show that it is much easier to win when your opponent has to actually pitch to more than one or two guys in your line up. Games have been made up in the standings, and it shows that it was not just about age, but imagine that, missing more than half your line up matters. However, still very sobering to look at the wild card standings and see teams like Kansas City and Cleveland in front of us. It shows that this not a NYY season from my youth.

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