Ivan Nova needed a good outing to redeem his past two starts, and that’s exactly what he did as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 and took the series three games to one at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Nova went 8.1 innings giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out four before handing the ball to Matt Thornton. Thornton pitched to a batter, handing the ball to David Phelps who had an eventful outing. Phelps had a bases loaded situation with two outs and Mike Carp at the plate before pulling a David Robertson ‘Houdini’ act to strike Carp out to end the inning. Shawn Kelley came into the game and got the save for the Yankees, striking out two and getting the last batter to fly out to former Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Yankees relied on the home run ball to pull them ahead of the Red Sox in the third inning when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot into the left field seats. The Yankees scored their third and final run on a ground ball by Francisco Cervell, although Cervelli injured himself on the play. Cervelli was just one of the five injuries that occurred today, although two of the injuries weren’t serious.
– Francisco Cervelli had an MRI on his hamstring and Girardi is almost certain Cervelli will go on the DL.
– Brian McCann is okay after being hit in the hand with a baseball.
– The Yankees have their first day off tomorrow but they’ll be right back at it in the Bronx on Tuesday night when the Chicago Cubs come to town. Masahiro Tanaka will make his third start of the season, his second at the stadium. Jason Hammel will take the mound for the Cubs. The game will air on My9 and first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m.