Yankees Drop Series Opener to Red Sox

A-Rod, CanoThe Yankees went toe-to-toe with the Red Sox for six innings last night, but fell behind and eventually lost when the Red Sox scored three runs off Joba Chamberlain in the 7th inning. They scored runs off of both Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon but it wasn’t enough as they went on to lose to their rival 5-4 at home last night.

NOTABLE PLAYERS AND THEIR WPAs:

Russell Martin: .091

Having Martin at the bottom of this lineup has been huge all year and it was big again last night as he drilled a two-run homer in the 5th inning that tied it at 2-2.

Curtis Granderson: .067

Granderson had a big night going 2-for-5 with a triple in the 8th and an RBI single in the 9th. He was also, as usual, covered a ton of ground in center field.

Bartolo Colon: .070

Colon pitched a heck of a ball game. He wasn’t dominant as he allowed eight base runners over six plus innings, but he got the job done. His ERA is currently at 3.74, I think we can all be impressed with that.

Mark Teixeira: -0.264 and Joba Chamberlain: -0.292

The goats in this game. Teixeira went 0-for-5 and came up in multiple big spots only to fail. His two biggest mistakes were popping up in a big spot in the 8th and then popping up again in another big spot in the 9th. Hits in either of those situations at least get the Yankees to extra innings. Joba gave up the two-run shot to Kevin Youkilis that was obviously the difference in the game.

STRUGGLING: The Rays won last night so the Yankees are now two games behind them for the division lead. That’s probably pretty good considering they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games now.

UP NEXT: The fierce rivals are back at it tonight as Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.99) takes the mound against CC Sabathia (3-2, 2.89) at 7:10 at the stadium.3

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