The Yankees have dropped all five home contests against the Red Sox this season and seven of eight overall. Once again, AJ Burnett came up small in a big spot for the Bombers. Burnett lasted only 5.2 innings, giving way to eight Boston runs on seven hits. The Red Sox held a 7-1 advantage after 4 1/2 innings, but the Yankees would make a bit of a rally, cutting the Red Sox lead to 8-5 after six innings. The Sox would put away the game for good in the ninth after Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew homered. With the win, the Red Sox (35-26) move into first place while the Bombers (33-26) slide back to second.
Time Wakefield took the mound in place of the injured Clay Buchholz who was pushed back in the rotation. Wakefield kept the Yankee bats at bay, giving way to five runs in 5.1 innings. Wakefield nursed his big lead early and handed the ball over to ex-Yank Alfredo Aceves. Aceves gave up only one run in 3.2 innings to preserve the win. Wakefield gave up a big blast to Alex Rodriguez (his 11th) and Derek Jeter’s 2,989th hit (a double), but did a good job keeping hitters off balance. Francisco Cervelli, who was filling in for the dinged Russell Martin, had three hits.
David Ortiz continues to be a thorn in the side of the Yankees, crushing a first inning homer off of Burnett. After Ortiz’s arrogant behavior after Monday’s home run, I was fully expecting Burnett to drill Ortiz. Instead, he left a fastball over the plate as Big Sloppy smacked his 15th home run.
The Yankees put Joba on the 15-day DL today. Joe Girardi said Joba has a strained flexor tendon in his arm and will be shut down for 2-3 weeks before throwing. With Rafael Soriano already on the DL, the Yankees massive advantage in their bullpen is no more.
Despite leaving the game yesterday after getting hit in the leg, Mark Teixeira started at first.
Jorge Posada was not available tonight as he is dealing with a family manner. Russell Martin’s back tightened up and he was also unavailable.
The Yankees are getting owned by the Sox at home. That all ends tomorrow!
The Yankees will send their ace out to the mound in hopes of avoiding the embarrassing sweep at home to Boston.
Thursday, 7:05 PM: Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80 ERA)