Nova dominates, Beltran homers as Yankees beat Red Sox 3-2

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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.

Injury Update

Brian Roberts had an MRI on his back and is listed day to day by Joe Girardi.

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.

Yangervis Solarte is okay after being hit in the groin on a play by Red Sox first basemen Mike Napoli.

What’s Next?

— 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.

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6 Responses to Nova dominates, Beltran homers as Yankees beat Red Sox 3-2

  1. Dave Guarnieri says:

    Not looking forward to seeing Roberts day-to-day until the end of September. Particularly with Jeter again having issues. Time to DFA Roberts, he is just done. Scott Sizemore hitting the hell out of the ball (when he is not striking out) and his knee brace seems to holding up well, he is out there every day. They have to bring him up before the end of this month or he can opt-out, now they NEED to bring him up.

    Teix is supposed to be back by this weekend, I'll take that with a huge grain of salt. But let's assume he'll be back when he says he will, Are Beltran and Soriano that much worse defensively than Kendrys Morales, for a week?

    Obviously, Cervelli is out for at least a couple weeks so hello again to Austin Romine and hope McCann's hand is OK.

  2. Mark Panuthos says:

    Great series, good article, but not sure that Nova "dominated". He gave up 9 hits.

    Compared to his last outing, this was much improved, and a quality start but that's about it.

    On the other hand, with the exception of CC's performance, the Yankees pitched well this series.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      You're right, he did give up 9 hits, but he also gave up only 2 runs and held the powerful Sox lineup in check for the most part. :)

      • Mark Panuthos says:

        and he didn't walk anyone.

        still, the Yankees played some great defense – Ichiro's catch for one probably saved a quality start for Nova.

        but its not domination.

        • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

          Ichiro's catch was awesome but the hit that Ichiro saved wasn't off Nova, it was off Matt Thornton. Nova left with no one on base.