The Yankee offense flexed their muscles today, crushing four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory. Russell Martin led the offensive charge, smacking two of the four bombs. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano smacked also went deep for the Yankees who have now hit 18 home runs in only eight games. Not be outdone, the Red Sox have allowed 19 home runs in the same time span. Both starting pitchers failed to make it through five innings, but the Yankee offense was superior today. With the win, the Yankee record improves to 5-3 while the Red Sox drop to 1-7.

Recap

The Yankees got to Red Sox starter, Clay Buchholz early and often today. The young righty only made it through 3.2 innings, yielding five runs on eight hits. Yankee starter, Ivan Nova wasn’t much better, lasting 4.1 innings, yielding four runs on seven hits. The Yankee bullpen backed up Nova though, posting 4.2 innings of three-hit ball. David Robertson got the win, Joba Chamberlain threw a perfect seventh inning, and Luis Ayala mopped up the last two innings.

Outside of the home run outbreak by the Yanks, Eric Chavez went 3-5 as the designated hitter with two doubles. Cano was a triple shy of the cycle while Granderson reached base in four of his five plate appearances.

Key Stats

19: Red Sox pitchers have allowed 19 home runs so far this season.

1-17: The Red Sox were 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

.465: Cano’s batting average at Fenway Park.

Calhoun-Nation: UCONN coach, Jim Calhoun threw out the first pitch today.

Alright Jim, That's Enough

What’s Next?

Rubber match tomorrow. Sabathia vs. Beckett. ESPN. 8:05 PM.

CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.38 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40 ERA)