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 ..read more

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Francisco Cervelli injures his hamstring

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Well, here goes another injury.

Francisco Cervelli left the game in the fourth inning of tonight’s Yankees/Red Sox game with a hamstring injury. The play was Cervelli had grounded to second where it appeared to be a double play. On the play, Cervelli grabbed at his hamstring and fell to the ground, unable to get up for a few moments. On that same play, Joe Girardi used his challenge to buy time, with the Yankees ultimately winning the challenge and Red Sox manager John Farrell getting tossed from the game.

Cervelli was able to get up and head to the clubhouse on his own but he was obviously limping. Girardi confirmed five minutes after the play Cervelli pulled his hamstring. Ichiro Suzuki pinch ran for Cervelli and later played right field, moving Carlos Beltran to first base for the first time in his career.

More information on Cervelli’s injury after the game.

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Brian Roberts has back injury

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If you had Brian Roberts being healthy for 12 games before ultimately being injured before Game 13, then congratulations. You’d be correct.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Roberts was scheduled to start against the Red Sox tonight but was scratched due to a back injury. Yangervis Solarte had the start instead. Brian Cashman won’t say the severity of the injury but he did say Robert’s back is what ultimately kept him out of the lineup.

Roberts hasn’t played a full season since 2009, being plagued with injuries since then.

I’ll put any new information on the situation in this post, so stay tuned for more news.

Update

– Brian Roberts had an MRI and the results came back negative. He’ll be re-evaluated in a few days.

 

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Derek Jeter has tightness in his quad

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When I saw the lineup for the Yankees and didn’t spot Derek Jeter anywhere in the order, I knew something was wrong. Nothing was terribly wrong but Joe Girardi revealed Jeter had tightness in his quad, something Jeter has been battling with since Friday. With that, Girardi decided to give Jeter the day off even though there’s an off day tomorrow.

“Friday, early in the game, his quad got a little tight, but played the whole game,” Girardi said. “Saturday was a scheduled day off, no matter what. I had it scheduled for the whole week. I knew that he was going to be off. I’d say about the fifth, sixth, seventh inning (on Saturday), I started thinking it probably makes sense to give him one more day because it buys him two more days (with Monday being an off day).”

Jeter didn’t speak to the media earlier today, but it’s almost a given Jeter isn’t happy with the situation. Girardi expected it, since Jeter likes being out on the field and usually fights his way into the lineup.

“He fights me about every time that we’re going to give him a day off, but he’s been that way since day one,” Girardi said. “I remember he used to fight Joe (Torre) and say, ‘How am I going to break Cal (Ripken’s) record if you keep doing this to me?’ It’s never a real comfortable situation when you tell him that you’re going to give him a day, but I think he understands what I’m trying to do. It’s just his heart. He wants to be out there.”

So, with Jeter on the bench tonight, does that mean he’s unavailable?

“Is he available to me tonight? In an emergency I would use him,” he said. “Are ..read more

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Nova aims to looks for redemption in series finale vs. Red Sox

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As Ivan Nova prepares to go on the mound at 8:05 p.m., he’ll  have to remember he’s not only be pitching for the New York area; he’ll be on the National stage tonight. The series finale between the Yankees and Red Sox will broadcast on ESPN as part of their ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ series.

Nova is the baseball story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”; some games he’ll be brilliant and some games ‘struggling’ would be an understatement. In Nova’s last two games he simply hasn’t look sharp and hasn’t looked like the pitcher the Yankees saw in Spring Training. He was able to come away with the win against the Houston Astros using only one pitch but had a horrendous outing against the  Baltimore Orioles when none of his pitches were working. Tonight, the only thing that matters to Nova is redemption.

The Yankees are looking for some redemption themselves, as they’d like to prove they’re no longer doormats, especially after going 6-13  against the Red Sox in 2013 where the team was hardly a threat and plagued with injuries.

However, if the Yankees want to win, it all comes back to Nova, who would have to give a brilliant performance and help the Yankees offense keep a lead should they give him one. It’s very early in the season, but this could be an important game for Nova. Not only would Nova have redeemed himself should the team win, but he would help the Yankees send a message to the Red Sox that the team is no longer an easy stepping stone for the Red Sox to win the AL East crown. The game and series currently rests on Ivan Nova’s shoulders and he’s more than ready for the task at ..read more

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McCann’s two home runs fuel Yankees past Red Sox in 7-4 victory

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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.

What’s Next?

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 ..read more

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Derek Jeter has scheduled day off

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If you were hoping to see Derek Jeter and today was the only game you were going to this season, then you’d be out of luck–Jeter is sitting out.

Manager Joe Girardi understands fans want to see Jeter in his final season, but he also has to focus on Jeter’s health and well being.

“I have to manage him with a focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not being a farewell tour,” said Girardi, who placed Dean Anna at shortstop for today’s afternoon game. “I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”

Girardi was also asked if there was a chance Jeter could get in later in the game, but the chances didn’t seem likely.

“Then you start to run out of infielders and that sounds like to me it is for a farewell tour,” Girardi said. “It is not the last week of the season. These games are obviously very important to us. They are important today, tomorrow, the next month, I have to manage that. I’m sorry if people came to see him today. I have to be smart about it.”

Girardi admits he’s a bit torn at the moment with trying to please the fans and trying to keep Jeter healthy, but in order for the fans to see Jeter, Girardi would have to manage how he plays him.

There is not a whole lot I can do about that,” Girardi said. “When you start running guys out there too much, you risk injury. I think people would be a little bit more upset if he were out two weeks or a month or something like that. I understand that fans want to see him play. I want to see him play. I would like ..read more

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Sabathia implodes in the sixth as Yanks fall to Red Sox 4-2

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For the first five innings, CC Sabathia was cruising along and it seemed he was the CC of old. Unfortunately, he imploded in the sixth inning, giving up four runs as the Yankees fell to the Red Sox 4-2 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

CC Sabathia went seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out nine. In the sixth inning, Jonny Gomes tied the game at one, only for Grady Sizemore to deliver the big blow for the Red Sox in the same inning, hitting a three run home run into the left field seats. Cesar Cabral walked a batter in the eighth before Adam Warren retired three straight batters. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless ninth inning while striking out the side.

The Yankees didn’t have many opportunities off Red Sox starter Jon Lester except for a home run by Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the second and a RBI single by Kelly Johnson in the seventh.

What’s Next?

Hiroki Kuroda will take the ball for the Yankees as they attempt to take a 2-1 lead in the series. John Lackey will make the start for the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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