Dustin Moseley moved up a day in the rotation and turned in a commanding start, throwing 6 1/3 innings while enjoying plenty of run support as the Yankees pounded the Red Sox, 7-2.

With Tampa Bay getting shut down by Brandon Morrow this afternoon, the Yankees now have a two-and-a-half game lead in the AL East.


Initial Reaction:
First off, great start by Moseley, who filled in for an injured AJ Burnett. He hit his spots and was very effective, throwing just 87 pitches through six and a third. The guy has definitely earned a spot with the team for the remainder of the year.

Second, the Yanks dropped the hammer on Josh Beckett for seven runs – all earned – and 11 hits in only 4 2/3 innings, including a solo homer off the bat of Mark Teixeira that sparked the Yanks’ five-run fifth inning.

Lance Berkman, Receiver Of Bronx Cheers, turned around some of those boos in the second inning with a double to right, and scored when Brett Gardner legged out an infield single that forced an errant throw. After Gardner stole second, The Captain added a sharp single to center to bring home Gardner with the Yankees’ second run. Standing on first, Jeter was saluted for his 2,874th career hit, which surpassed Babe Ruth for sole possession of 39th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Just another day at the office for Jeter. On to the next one.

After Tex’s home run in the fifth the next two batters reached base on a walk and hit by pitch. A double, walk, strikeout, and a throwing error later, Derek Jeter came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. The lead was already at four, but The Captain had a chance to put in the dagger. And as he does so often, he came through. A two run double into the right-centerfield gap broke things open, gave the Yanks a six run lead and put the game away for good.

Positives From The Game:

As much props as possible goes to Moseley tonight, who left to a huge ovation with one out in the seventh. Called upon when Burnett’s back acted up, Moseley took the ball into the seventh inning and limited the Sox to just two runs. He recorded 16 of his 19 outs via ground balls or strikeouts, and threw just 87 pitches (52 for strikes).

Lance Berkman, who you’d think is the worst player in the history of Major League Baseball, picked up three hits in his first three at-bats and cranked a pair of doubles.

I don’t know what it is about the guy, but I love when the Yankees crush Josh Beckett. I wish he would have stuck around a little longer.

Interesting Facts:

With a home run tonight, Mark Teixeira now has four long balls through six games of the Yankees’ current homestand.

Alex Rodriguez, back in the lineup one day after being struck in the leg by a line drive during batting practice, felt so good tonight he stole his first base since May 8.

The steal made Rodriguez just the 10th player in baseball history to accumulate at least 1,500 runs scored, 2,500 hits, 200 homers and 300 steals; he also become the third member of the 600 homer, 300 steal club, joining Barry Bonds and Willie Mays.

What’s Next?:

The final game of this four game set will be played tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 PM, before the Yanks head down to Texas to take on the first place Rangers in a quick two game series.

Probables: Jon Lester (11-7, 3.07 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (13-4, 3.96 ERA)

Let’s Go Yankees