In the first 11 games of the season, the Yankees had seven home runs. Today they had five home runs, including two from Brian McCann who was struggling, going 1-for-17 coming into this game. The five home runs plus Hiroki Kuroda‘s effective outing led the Yankees to a 7-4 victory at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Yankees needed to take Game 3 of the 4 game set, and they turned to Kuroda to do so. Kuroda went 6.1 innings giving up four runs (two of the runs were given up on a two-run single by Matt Thornton), on four hits while striking out five. Dellin Betances pitched to a batter in the seventh, retiring him, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth and Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless ninth, earning his second save of the season.
All seven of the Yankees runs were scored via the home run ball; Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot in the first, Brian McCann hit two solo home runs; one in the fourth and one in the sixth, Alfonso Soriano hit a home run in the fourth and Kelly Johnson hit one in the eighth. The Yankees now have 12 home runs in their first 12 games of the season.
– Ivan Nova will take the mound as the Yankees attempt to take the series three games to one. Felix Doubront will take the mound for the Boston Red Sox who aim to even the series. The game will start at 8:05 p.m. and will air on ESPN.