NEW YORK -- Just when it seemed that the Red Sox were about to blow another huge lead and lose a game to the Yankees they had no business losing, they snapped to life -- with some help from the home team.
Curtis Granderson misplayed a fly ball from Pedro Ciriaco into a run-scoring triple and Dustin Pedroia added a sacrifice fly as the Sox rallied and beat the New York Yankees, 8-6.
The Sox built a 6-1 lead through 4 12 innings with four RBI from Adrian Gonzalez (three-run homer and RBI double) and Will Middlebrooks adding a two-run double.
But the Yankees chipped away with a three-run fourth against Jon Lester and Mark Teixeira got the best of nemesis Vicente Padilla with a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Lester, who had the worst start of his major league career in his previous outing, showed improvement, though he allowed four runs in four hits in six innings. But Padilla's misstep cost him his first win in more than a month.
Padilla nonetheless got the win when the Sox rallied in the ninth and Alfredo Aceves picked up his 22nd save.
The Sox beat up CC Sabathia, who was done after six, having allowed six runs.
The win was only the second for the Sox in their last eight games and was just the second this season against the Yankees in eight tries.
Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”