With the trade deadline come on gone, the Yankees new and old traveled to Boston for a three-game weekend showdown against the Red Sox. Friday night saw a tight 4-3 Boston win. Chris Capuano started for the Yanks, and didn't fare too well against his former team giving up 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings. This was the game scheduled to be started by John Lackey, but he was traded to the Cardinals. In his place Anthony Ranaudo, the 6th ranked prospect in the Red Sox system. Ranaudo in his 6 innings of work allowed just 4 hits and 2 runs. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and David Ross has the Red Sox RBI's. As for the Yankees, while new acquisitions Stephen Drew and Martin Prado went 0-6, while homering for the Yankees were Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter (only Derek's 3rd HR of the year)
Saturday afternoon saw a much for favorable, albeit hard fought outcome, for the Yankees as they won the middle game 6-4. Derek Jeter, as only he can, sparks the Yanks in the 3rd with a 2 run double off another Red Sox rookie starter Allen Webster, who didn't last the 3rd inning. Stephen Drew also had his first Yankee hit and RBI against his old team. Shane Greene started for the Yanks, had what you call a meh start, 3 runs with 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings although he did strike out 5. Shawn Kelley got the win out of the bullpen but the pitching story continues to be the electrifying rookie reliever Dellin Betances. In his 1 2/3 of relief, the 2014 All-Star several times topped 100 MPH on the radar gun mistying Red Sox hitters and batters alike, and maybe showing a thing or two to Sox manager John Farrell, who led the AL team at the All-Star game and elected not to pitch Dellin.
Sunday night is baseball night (sorry, NBC and ESPN) and the stage was set for another primetime Yankees - Red Sox battle. The rubber game did not look good for the Yanks early as they quickly trailed 3-0 to the Red Sox after 1 inning off NYY starter David Phelps. The Yankees answered that with 3 runs of their own in the 2nd off Clay Buchholz, which included a 2 RBI double from that surprising source of power Brett Gardner (he'll be mentioned again later). Both starters had early exits (unfortunately Phelps hurt his elbow in the 3rd and was forced to leave). As much as the night belonged to Gardner, ex-Red Sox Stephen Drew said hello to his new and old teams in a big way. He went 2-4 for had 4 RBI's including a big 2 run base hit in the 5th which sent Buchholz to the showers. In the 6th, remember that surprising power source from Brett Gardner? He hit another homer (his career high 15th). In this tight battle, Red Sox stalwarts Dustin Pedrioa and David Ortiz also homered. Yankee fans can tip their caps to the man who eventually got the win, Esmil Rogers. Rogers was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Thursday and was nothing short of spectacular. In 3 innings of relief, did not allow a hit, just one walk and struck out 3. When the dust settled, David Robertson did what he usually does rather well, and ends games with saves, in this case his 29th as the Yankees beat Boston 8-7
Taking 2 out of 3 from a bitter rival has to be extremely gratifying, but the battles do not stop as the Yankees return home to start a 4 game series against the Tigers. In the first 3 games, Detroit is sending out Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander to face the Bombers. The Yankees will need to counter with as much as they can. This week, the claws will come out in the Bronx.