Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
There was no number 13 on the back of the grey throwback jersey
to identify who was wearing it. There was no mistaking the
The home run swing of Alex Rodriguez.
The New York Yankees slugger cleared the fences for the 631st
time, passing former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. to take over fifth
place on the career list. A-Rod helped beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2
Friday and spoil the celebration on the 100th anniversary of their
first game at Fenway Park.
”It was a very cool ceremony,” Rodriquez said about the
pregame introductions of about 200 former Red Sox players, managers
and coaches. ”They put on a great show, but the game was good,
It was for the Yankees.
Eric Chavez hit two homers and Nick Swisher and Russell Martin
connected once each one day after Curtis Granderson hit three of
the Yankees’ four homers in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins –
and exactly 100 years after the Red Sox beat the Yankees’
forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings.
”You’re going to hit home runs every once in a while,” Derek
Jeter said, ”but we can’t sit around and wait for it.”
Jeter also moved up a rung in the record books with his 3,111th
hit. He went 1 for 5 and passed childhood idol Dave Winfield for
Ivan Nova (3-0) won his 15th consecutive regular-season
decision, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and five
strikeouts in six innings.
”He’s a monster. I don’t know when people are going to realize
that he’s a fantastic young pitcher,” Rodriguez said. ”All he
knows how to do is win.”
Clay Buchholz (1-1) allowed all five homers in losing for the
first time in 12 starts, although he went on the disabled list to
stay last June 19 with a lower back strain.
”He’s still building,” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.
”He’s still getting his feet underneath him.”
Josh Beckett also served up five homers in the Red Sox second
game of the year, a 10-0 loss at Detroit.
Both teams wore throwback uniforms similar to those used in
Fenway’s first major league game. The Red Sox had off-white
uniforms and caps, with the only printing on either being the words
”Red Sox” in red across the chest. The Yankees uniforms were all
grey with the only printing the letters ”NY” on the caps and left
breast. It is believed to be the first time the Yankees have worn
The Red Sox lost their fourth straight game, a span in which
they’ve been outscored 31-8.
”We’re a good team. We’re just not playing good baseball,”
Adrian Gonzalez said. ”It’s frustrating the way we’re
Some outstanding players took the field for the Red Sox.
Unfortunately, most of them were among the about 200 retirees who
strolled to their positions during pregame ceremonies marking the
anniversary. They included Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton
Fisk, Jim Rice, Bobby Doerr and Dennis Eckersley plus Pedro
Martinez, Luis Tiant, Nomar Garciaparra, Mo Vaughn and Johnny
Terry Francona, let go as manager after last year’s September
collapse that cost the Red Sox a playoff berth, received one of the
loudest ovations. Valentine has been booed several times by the
home crowd as the Red Sox (4-9) have gotten off to another slow
start after opening last season 2-10.
Buchholz’s beginnings haven’t been good, either. He allowed four
runs in each first inning of his other two starts. On Friday, he
gave up only one run in the opening inning. But by the time he left
after walking Granderson to lead off the seventh, he had allowed
six runs on nine hits and two walks with just two strikeouts.
The Yankees led 1-0 three batters into the game. Jeter reached
on an error by second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who lost his popup in
the sun. Jeter moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Rodriguez’s
They needed only three batters again to take a 3-0 lead in the
second. Swisher led off with a homer, Raul Ibanez grounded out and
Chavez drove an 0-2 pitch into Boston’s bullpen in right-center.
Chavez had only six at-bats before Friday, when he played third
base while Rodriguez was the designated hitter.
””I relish anytime I get put in the lineup,” Chavez said.
David Ortiz cut it to 3-1 leading off the second with his second
homer. The Yankees stretched their lead to 5-1 on leadoff homers by
Chavez in the fourth and Rodriguez in the fifth. They were the
second homers of the year for both.
Rodriguez needs 29 homers to catch Willie Mays for fourth
”We have much bigger goals around here than trying to chase
history,” he said, ”but, obviously, when you talk about a name
like Willie Mays … when the time comes, that’s a pretty great
The Red Sox made it 5-2 in the fifth when Cody Ross doubled and
Mike Aviles was credited with a double when Swisher lost his fly
ball to right in the sun. Martin homered in the sixth.
NOTES: Freddy Garcia (0-1) pitches for the Yankees against Felix
Doubront (0-0) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game
series. … The Yankees had nine homers in their previous four
games, all against the Twins. … Boston’s Ryan Sweeney hit safely
for the 10th time in his 11 games. … Nova won for the first time
in four starts against the Red Sox. He began the game 0-2 with a
6.62 ERA in those games. … Friday was the 73rd anniversary of Ted
Williams’ major league debut. … Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte allowed
two earned runs on four hits in five innings of an extended spring
training game in Tampa against players from the Pirates
organization. He struck out five and walked none.