Game recap: Red Sox 10 — Yankees 4

Result: The Red Sox plated eight runs in the second inning to power past the Yankees, 10-4, at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Need to Know: Derek Jeter made his first appearance of the series on Saturday, batting second as the designated hitter for the Yankees. The Captain delivered one hit in two at-bats before being taken out for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth. Masahiro Tanaka, making just his second start since coming off the disabled list, closed out his impressive rookie campaign on a sour note. The right-hander scattered seven hits and allowed seven runs, five earned, over 1 2/3 innings. Joe Kelly got the nod for the Red Sox, posting 7 1/3 innings of four-run ball to pick up the victory. Stephen Drew led the way offensively for the Bombers, plating two RBIs in the losing effort.

Game Ball: Kelly held the Yankees’ bats at bay for seven innings on Saturday before running into trouble in the eighth.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: Jeter is expected to play in the final game of his career on Sunday, as Michael Pineda (4-5, 1.93 ERA) takes the mound for the visiting Yankees. Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.31 ERA) gets the call for the Red Sox. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

What’s on Tap: Saturday, Sept, 27

The Yankees and Red Sox will continue their final series of the season on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park. Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47 ERA) will get his final start of the season against Red Sox’s Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00 ERA).

In case you missed it…

Derek Jeter sat out Friday night’s game due to exhaustion. He is going to DH on Saturday and Sunday at Fenway Park to wrap up his career. >>> Read more in the NY Post. 

Masahiro Tanaka is slated to throw 80 pitches today against the Red Sox. How he feels after the game is a very important to the Yankees’ future considering his elbow problems this year.




Ellsbury done for season

Jacoby Ellsbury won’t play in the Yankees’ final two games this season, Joe Girardi said (, Sept. 26).

That means Ellsbury, 31, will have missed the final nine games of  his first season with the Yankees with a strained hamstring. He finishes with a .271 average, 16 homers, 70 RBI and 39 steals in 149 games.

Girardi told there was no sense in exposing Ellsbury to the chance of further injury with the Yankeees out of the playoffs.


Game recap: Yankees 3 — Red Sox 2

Result: The Yankees won their opener against the Red Sox on Friday night, 3-2.

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Need to Know: Chris Capuano tied his season-high by lasting 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run to the Rex Sox in his third win of the season. Capuano didn’t walk a batter and allowed four hits while striking out five. With the Yankees sitting all of their non-injured starters, Francisco Cervelli played first base and batted third in Friday’s lineup. Cervelli went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the third inning and scored on John Ryan Murphy‘s fielder’s choice later in the frame. Zelous Wheeler hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to extend the Yankees’ lead to 3-1, an insurance run that proved important when Rusney Castillo hit a ball out of Fenway Park in the seventh. David Robertson bounced back from Thursday’s blown save to close out the Sox in the ninth for his 39th save of the year.

Game Ball: Capuano, who kept the Red Sox bats quiet on a night when the Yankees fielded a lineup full of backups.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47 ERA) successfully returned to the Yankees rotation last Sunday, throwing 5 1/3 one-run innings against the Blue Jays to pick up his 13th win of the year. He’ll face off against Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00 ERA) at 1:05 p.m.

What’s on Tap for Friday, Sept. 26

The Yankees (82-77) open their final series of the season on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. against the Red Sox (70-89) at Fenway Park.

Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38 ERA) for Boston.

In case you missed it…

Derek Jeter delivered a walkoff single on Thursday night during his final game at Yankee Stadium >> Read more at NYYFans

After Jeter’s game-winning hit, he was greeted by the rest of the Core Four and Joe Torre >> Read more at NYYFans

Jeter said that Thursday night was his last game at shortstop. He will only serve as a designated hitter this weekend in Boston.