The Yankees could only muster two hits against the dynamic combo of Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon as the Red Sox won the game, 4-0. CC Sabathia started for the Bombers and grinded through 5 2/3 innings, allowing only one run. Sabathia gave up nine hits and allowed four walks, but he limited the damage. The Yankees just couldn’t get anything going against Beckett. Beckett threw eight innings of two-hit ball while striking out ten. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 5-4 on the season while the Red Sox pick up their first series win.

Watch Out, CC!

Recap

There’s really not much to say about this game. Beckett just dominated the Yankees all game long. Only Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez mustered hits for the Bombers. Chavez, who started the game at third base, was a late sub for an ill Alex Rodriguez. When Beckett is on, he’s one of the best big game pitchers in baseball. With his team desperate for a confidence boosting series win, he delivered.

On the Yankee side, Sabathia got tagged all game long. He was leaving balls up in the zone and his command wasn’t as strong as it normally is (four walks). However, we have gotta give the big man credit. He always seemed to get out of jams as the Red Sox couldn’t deliver an early knock out punch. The Red Sox left 16 runners on base in total. As for the Yankee pen, Joba Chamberlain gave up two run via a Marco Scutaro seventh inning double while Boone Logan cleaned up Joba’s mess. Freddy Garcia got his first action as a Yankee today, giving up a run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Key Stats

30: Of the 50 active players on the Red Sox and Yankees rosters, 30 have played in at least one All-Star Game. That’s a fun fact.

1.45: Sabathia’s ERA through three starts.

0: No wins for Sabathia yet in 2011

.206: Derek Jeter’s batting average through the first nine games. Jeter only has one extra base hit.

What’s Next?

The Yankees have tomorrow off before starting a three-game set in the Bronx with the first place Baltimore Orioles? on Tuesday.

Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (2-0, 4.09 ERA)