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In case you missed it Wednesday

The New York Yankees hit five home runs to win the final game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, 13-8, Wednesday at Fenway Park.

With Mark Teixeira out for at least two more weeks, the Yankees are having second thoughts on playing Alex Rodriguez at first base (Sept. 2).

Jacoby Ellsbury still has inflammation in his hip and missed Wednesday’s game (Sept. 3).

The Yankees are considering having someone make a spot start during a 13-games-in-13-days stretch coming up (Sept. 3).

CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session Wednesday and could throw a simulated game on Friday (Sept. 2).

What’s on tap for Thursday, Sept. 3

The Yankees are off Thursday and begin a 10-game homestand Friday.


Yankees erupt early, hang on to top Red Sox

The Yankees erupted for five home runs as they topped the Red Sox by the score of 13-8 on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park in the finale of their three-game series.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, the Yankees put up eight runs to take an 8-1 lead. The Yankees hit three home runs in the inning — two-run shots by Greg Bird and Carlos Beltran and a solo shot from John Ryan Murphy.

Stephen Drew‘s three-run homer in the third inning extend New York’s lead to 11-1, and Didi Gregorius added a solo homer in the fifth inning to make it 12-1.

The Red Sox scratched across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings before putting up two more runs in the seventh inning to draw within 12-5. Jose Pirela‘s RBI single in the eighth inning extended New York’s lead to 13-5.

Bryan Mitchell struggled mightily in the bottom of the eighth, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk before giving way to Dellin Betances with the bases loaded and one out. Betances then recorded the final two outs to keep the Yankees up, 13-7.

Caleb Cotham allowed back-to-back doubles to open the bottom of the ninth inning as the Red Sox cut the lead to 13-8. Andrew Miller was then called on and worked around a two-out walk to record the final three outs without incident to seal the victory.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 6 1/3 innings.

Andrew Bailey pitched in his first game since 2013, allowing one run on one hit and a pair of walks in just 1/3 of an inning.

The Yankees are off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series against the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Luis Severino (2-2, 2.17 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 3.18 ERA) for Tampa.


Game 132: Yankees at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. ET

The Yankees (73-58) wrap up their three-game series against the Red Sox (61-71) on Wednesday in Boston at 4:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) for the Red Sox.

Yankees Red Sox
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF 1. Mookie Betts (R) CF
2. Chris Young (R) LF 2. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH 3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF 4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B 5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B 6. Rusney Castillo (R) RF
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C 7. Brock Holt (L) 2B
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS 8. Blake Swihart (S) C
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B 9. Jackey Bradley Jr. (L) LF

Tanaka Notes: Tanaka has bounced back from his earlier season struggles and has limited opponents to a .211 batting average while giving up three earned runs or less in nine of 10 starts. In eight road starts this season he is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA. Tanaka is 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against Boston this season.

Owens Notes: Owens is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two starts. He made his Major League debut against the Yankees on Aug. 4, allowing three runs over five innings in New York.

Red Sox Notes:  Pablo Sandoval homered off of Tanaka earlier this season. Xander Bogaerts had two hits Tuesday and is batting .344 over his last 22 games. Hanley Ramirez will miss his sixth straight game due to injury.

Yankees Notes: The Yankees have won five consecutive series in Fenway Park. Manager Joe Girardi is one win shy of No. 800 for his career. Dellin Betances recorded his Major League leading 19th outing of pitching at least 1.1 scoreless innings in last nights game.




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In case you missed it on Tuesday

Michael Pineda pitched six innings of one-run ball and Brett Gardner homered as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-1, Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Mark Teixeira will miss at least two more weeks with a knee injury (Sept. 1).

The Yankees made their 40-man roster moves official, adding eight players to the active roster (Sept. 1).

Ben Gamel was named International League Rookie of the Year (Sept. 1).

What’s on tap for Wednesday, Sept. 2

The Yankees and Red Sox play the final game of a three-game series at Fenway Park at 4:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) will face Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) in the series finale.


Pineda solid as Yankees top Red Sox

The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-1 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

With the Yankees trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Stephen Drew delivered a two-run double to put New York up, 2-1. In the eighth, Brett Gardner‘s solo homer to right field increased the Yankees’ lead to 3-1.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the Red Sox attempted a double-steal and Mookie Betts was called out at third base after apparently being forced off the bag by Chase Headley. The out-call was confirmed after replay review and Dellin Betances then struck out David Ortiz to end the threat.

Andrew Miller hit Rusney Castillo with one out in the ninth but worked around it to earn the save.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the third on Pablo Sandoval’s run-scoring single.

Michael Pineda pitched well, allowing one run on four hits while walking none and striking out six in six innings pitched.

The Yankees fanned 13 times against Boston starter Rick Porcello, who set a career-high for strikeouts.

The Yankees wrap up their three-game series against the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park at 4:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) for Boston.