Beckett better, but far from good against Yankees

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Beckett better, but far from good against Yankees

NEW YORK -- It was far from his worst start of the season, but, as Josh Beckett himself is fond of saying, it didn't yield the desired result.

As a matter of fact, it resulted in a pretty predictable result: a Red Sox loss. Beckett allowed all four runs in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees Sunday, dropping the team's records in games he's started this season to 7-14.

"It's a work in progress, I guess," shrugged Beckett. "Still (lousy) results. I've got to keep working. The good thing I have right now is health and we'll move forward with that. Some things were better today, but it's still the same (lousy) results."

Beckett was roughed by Derek Jeter (three hits including two doubles, two runs scored) and Ichiro Suzuki (two solo homers).

"I made some bad pitches to two guys," said Beckett, 5-11, who has won only once since May 20. "I made some good pitches when I needed to, then didn't make good pitches at other times. The Ichiro home runs were on fastballs. Both of them I left up. I think sometimes, a lot of his hits off me have been pitches where they're balls and he turns them into hits because he has such great plate coverage.

"That wasn't the case today."

Saturday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Yankees

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Saturday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Christian Vazquez is behind the plate catching Rick Porcello (4-0, 3.51 ERA), who looks to remain unbeaten, as the Red Sox continue their three-game weekend series with the Yankees on Saturday night (7:10) at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox won the series opener 4-2 on Friday night with a rally from a 2-0 deficit capped by David Ortiz' two-run homer in the eighth inning.

The full lineups:

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
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Michael Pineda RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Rick Porcello RHP

Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

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Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."

That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick. 

Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees. 

Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.

And here's Maverick's response, via Millar: