Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t supposed to face the Boston Red Sox yet–in fact, the Yankees wanted to keep Tanaka a secret from their rival for as long as possible. However, the rain delay and the doubleheader changed plans, and Tanaka ended up facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. In a night where rain fell throughout the night, Tanaka was able to stifle the Red Sox, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 win at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up two home runs in 7.1 innings, but he also notched seven strikeouts and fooled the Red Sox hitters with his deceptive pitches. The Red Sox earned their 12th loss of the season as they sit in the cellar of the American League East standings.
Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t the only one facing the Red Sox for the first time at Fenway; Jacoby Ellsbury was making his first start at Fenway as a member of the New York Yankees. He began the game with a fan-interference triple and later scored on an RBI by Derek Jeter. Ellsbury would later have three hits in the game, being a home run shy of the cycle.
Jeter had two-hits in the game as the Yankees pounded Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester in 4.2 innings for 11 hits. Lackey was charged with eight runs while only three were earned. Carlos Beltran provided insurance, hitting a towering home run in the eighth. Every Yankee had a hit in the game except for Yangervis Solarte.
– Michael Pineda will make his next start under the bright lights in Boston as he attempts to give the Yankees a series lead. John Lackey will oppose Pineda, taking the mound for the Red Sox. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.