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If last night was an example of what baseball is like when nobody's playing with foreign substances on them, I think I'd rather see pitchers slathering their arms up with pine tar before every inning. Sloppy baseball was an understatement last night. The Red Sox booted the ball all over the yard, almost every pitcher who got into the game threw a wild pitch, some threw multiple, and their starting pitching was abysmal. I almost feel bad for you if you watched it, but the Yanks came away with the W and their second series win in 2 tries against the Red Sox this young season.
- The bats went to sleep against Lackey, but they woke up quickly against Felix Doubront. Alfonso Soriano doubled in a run with 2 outs in the 1st, Yangervis Solarte sparked a 3-run 2nd with a 2-run double of his own, and Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the season to lead off a 3-run 3rd.
- CC Sabathia had pretty good stuff against the Boston lineup. He worked the first 2 innings scoreless, featuring his changeup heavily, and struck out 5 through 5 innings.
- He also battled a few bouts of command inconsistencies. He walked 2 in the 2nd, hit a few batters, and got into trouble in the 3rd with a leadoff walk and a double. 2 runs scored in the inning, the last on the dreaded 2-out hit by Mike Napoli The Yankee Killer.
- Boston's bullpen held the Yankee lineup at bay for a few innings, but they finally started up again for their insurance runs in the top of the 7th. Another Sawck error (their 5th of the night!!) helped extend the rally and Solarte and The Captain each knocked in 2 with ribbie singles to make it 12-2 Yanks.
- Sabathia finished 6 strong with only the 2 runs and 8 Ks and handed it over to the 'pen. Shane Greene was a puddle of nervous adrenaline, but Adam Warren did the job and D-Rob got in his first game action since coming off the DL in a perfect 9th.
- Soriano: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 LOB. He's been quietly consistent in the middle of the order for about a week now and his batting line is starting to come around too. Showed why Joe loves hitting him cleanup against lefties.
- Sabathia: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. An effectively wild night by the big fella, and another prime example of how he's learning to pitch without velocity. CC leaned on his changeup early and it really handcuffed the Boston lineup. His slider was a good putaway pitch and he flipped the script by going to his fastball in the later innings.
- Solarte: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 LOB. Nice to see him snap out of it after a 15-AB hitless streak.
- Ellsbury: 3-6, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 LOB. Think he likes playing against his old team? That's his 3rd multi-hit game against them.
- Greene: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 1 K. 23 pitches, 15 balls. Think the kid was a little nervous? Tough MLB debut. Enter in a 10-run game and get yanked without making it out of an inning.
The Yanks head home for the weekend with a 4-3 road trip in their pocket. The Angels come to town for 3 starting tonight and the first pitching matchup is C.J. Wilson and Hiroki Kuroda.