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Gameday Post #9: Yankees at Boston Red Sox (with new lineup)
After dropping the series opener Friday afternoon, the Yankees used the home run ball to overpower the Red Sox in Saturday’s 9-4 win at Fenway Park. Russell Martin led the charge with his 2nd career multi-HR game and 4 RBIs. Curtis Granderson added a two-run shot of his own, and Robinson Cano continued to make the Red Sox and their fans aware of his prowess with a solo HR of his own. With his three-hit day Robbie now has a career .367 average in Fenway. Eric Chavez also had a three-hit game in his first start for the Yankees. All the offense covered for Ivan Nova’s shortest outing in his young career. Nova could not make it out of the fifth inning as he allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 IP. But the bat of his batterymate Martin propelled the Bombers to the victory.
CC Sabathia will look to clinch the series win tonight as he faces off against former ace Josh Beckett in a Sunday night prime-time matchup on ESPN.
A.L. EAST STANDINGS
NEW YORK……..5-3 (0.5 GB)
Toronto………….5-3 (0.5 GB)
Boston……………1-7 (4.5 GB)
Tampa Bay………1-8 (5.0 GB)
DATE: Sunday, April 10
TIME: 8:05pm EST
TV/RADIO: ESPN, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)
NYY: CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.38 ERA)
BOS: Josh Beckett (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)
CC Sabathia (NYY): Sabathia will try for his first win in three starts in 2011. In his most recent outing, the left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings against the Twins but watched the bullpen blow a four-run lead.
Josh Beckett (BOS): Beckett’s first start of the season was hard to evaluate, as he gave up five hits and three runs while walking four and striking out four over five frames. He was not economical, throwing 106 pitches. He will try to rebound in his first Fenway start.
(NOTE: A-Rod was scratched due to being sick)
Red Sox (1-7)
Derek Jeter:1-4, BB — 67 hits from 3,000
Mariano Rivera: DNP — 37 saves from 600, 39 saves from all-time record