Yankees take three of four in Fenway, beat Sox, 7-3

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Yankees take three of four in Fenway, beat Sox, 7-3

The Red Sox will go into the All-Star Break with a sour taste in their mouths.

On Sunday night, they lost to the Yankees -- the third loss of the four-game series -- 7-3. The loss not only put them 9.5 games behind of the AL East-leading Yanks, but dropped the club to 43-43 on the year, tied for last place in the AL East with the Blue Jays.

Once again, the Yankees jumped out on top scoring two runs in the first inning. It was the 13th and 14th runs scored in the first inning of the series, and put the Sox in an all too familiar position in trying to play catch-up.

An RBI double by David Ortiz in the third inning made it 3-2 Yankees, but that would be as close as the Sox would get.

Alex Rodriguez tripled in a run in the 5th, and Andruw Jones hit Rodriguez in shortly after.

The fifth inning would also be the last for Jon Lester, who was pulled with one out having given up five runs (four earned), nine hits, and two walks while striking out six.

Jones struck again in the 7th with his fourth home run of the series, stretching the Yankees lead to 7-2.

Mike Aviles would double in Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the 8th, but that would be it for the Red Sox' failed comeback attempt.

The Yankees' Ivan Nova got the win going six innings giving up two runs (one earned), six hits, and two walks, while striking out ten.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.