The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees this afternoon by a final score of 10-4. With the loss, the Yankees lose sole-possession of first place in the American League East. The Yankees and Red Sox now have identical 69-43 records.

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Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Sabathia

6

9

7

7

6

1

Lackey

6

6

3

3

5

2

You can’t expect CC to be perfect, and he really got roughed up today. The key contributor for the BoSox was Jacoby Ellsbury, who is making a serious MVP push. He had six RBIs, highlighted by a three-run homer to essentially decide the game in the sixth. I’m not really worried about this start for CC – he really was due to get beat up for the first time in a while.

The Yankee offense today was strikingly average, which usually is not good enough to beat the Red Sox. As a unit, the Yankees managed ten hits, but only two were for extra bases and hits could never really be put together. Highlights included a Derek Jeter RBI single in the fifth and a solo HR by Mark Teixeira in the eighth, but the game was long since decided. Tomorrow’s game will be huge.

What’s Next?

After two games, we’re right back where we started. The winner of tomorrow night’s ESPN Game of the Week will take a one game lead in the AL East. 

8:00 PM, ESPN. Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20 ERA)