By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez took over fifth place with his
631st career home run, Eric Chavez added two homers and the New
York Yankees spoiled the Boston Red Sox 100th anniversary
celebration of Fenway Park with a 6-2 win Friday.
Rodriguez’ solo shot on the first pitch of the fifth inning put
him past Ken Griffey Jr. and 29 homers behind Willie Mays’
fourth-place total of 660. Nick Swisher and Russell Martin also
connected for New York, and Derek Jeter moved into 18th place with
his 3,111th career hit, passing Dave Winfield.
The victory came exactly 100 years after the Red Sox beat the
Yankees’ forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings,
and one day after Curtis Granderson hit three of New York’s four
homers in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Clay Buchholz (1-1) allowed all five homers in losing for the
first time in 12 starts. Josh Beckett also served up five homers in
the Red Sox second game of the year, a 10-0 loss at Detroit.
Ivan Nova (3-0) won his 15th consecutive regular-season start,
allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts
in six innings.
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.
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 pre-game 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. New manager Bobby 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 at 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. He 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
David Ortiz cut it to 3-1 leading off the second with his second
homer of the season. Umpires originally ruled that the ball had not
gone out but, with Ortiz standing on second, they viewed a replay
of the hit and reversed the call.
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.
The Red Sox made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Cody
Ross doubled and Mike Aviles was credited with a double when right
fielder Swisher lost his fly ball in the sun. Martin homered in the
Notes: Freddy Garcia (0-1) pitches for the Yankees against Felix
Doubront (0-0) on Saturday’s 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.
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