By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ CC Sabathia snapped out of his Red Sox funk,
striking out 10 in six innings to beat Boston for the first time in
five tries this season and lead the New York Yankees to a 5-2
victory on Tuesday night.
The win was the Yankees’ third in 13 games against their AL East
rival this season. Boston still leads the division by one-half
Sabathia (18-7) had been dominant against the rest of baseball
this year, but 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against the Red Sox. He threw a
season-high 128 pitches, allowing two runs on 10 hits and two
John Lackey (12-10) allowed five runs _ four earned _ on seven
hits and four walks, striking out three. Nick Swisher had three
hits, and Francisco Cervelli hit a solo homer in the fifth.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 35th save.
When Cervelli came up again in the seventh, Lackey hit him in
the back, sparking a bench-clearing staredown. In the first inning,
Curtis Granderson took one off the end of the bat _ or the hand,
depending on whom you believe _ and then Sabathia plunked Jacoby
Ellsbury to lead off the bottom half.
After getting hit, Cervelli moved toward the mound as the
dugouts slowly emptied and home plate umpire Ed Rapuano tried to
maintain order. There was nothing more than jawing back and forth,
and in the end Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi watched the final out from the
clubhouse. He was tossed after Rivera hit Jarrod Saltalamacchia
with two outs in the ninth.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the second and made it 3-0 in the
fourth when Robinson Cano hit an RBI double and scored on Eric
Chavez’s single. After Boston cut the lead to 3-2 on Carl
Crawford’s homer and an RBI double by Marco Scutaro, New York added
Cervelli’s solo homer in the fifth and Derek Jeter’s run-scoring
double play in the seventh that made it 5-2.
The Red Sox had 13 hits in all, but Saltalamacchia stranded
seven and Adrian Gonzalez stranded five; each struck out three
times. It was also a rough day at the plate for Jorge Posada, who
left five men on and grounded into a pair of double plays, and
Jeter, who returned after missing two games with a bruised kneecap,
grounded out five times.
Notes: Game 2 of the series will match Phil Hughes and Josh
Beckett. Beckett is 3-0 vs. the Yankees this season in four starts.
Hughes is coming off a rocky start against Oakland, when he allowed
six earned runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 22-9 Yankees victory. …
Keegan Bradley, a Vermont native who won the PGA Championship this
month, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and gave a big fist
pump afterwards. … Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield won’t
pitch in the upcoming series against Texas. Instead he’ll make his
start against Toronto. Andrew Miller, Erik Bedard and John Lackey
will face the Rangers. … Manager Terry Francona said RHP Clay
Buchholz, on the 60-day disabled list with a stress fracture on his
back, threw 25 times from 60 feet and did well in the limited
workout. Francona said Buchholz will continue to rehabilitate
slowly. “Whether this turns into him pitching (this season) or
not, we don’t know, but it’s still exciting in the fact that he’s
done so well to this point.” … Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was out
of the lineup, one day after receiving a cortisone injection for
his sprained left thumb. Rodriguez said he hoped to play in the
three-game series at Boston, but felt this weekend at home against
Toronto was more likely.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)