Yankees win game one of doubleheader 6-1

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Yankees win game one of doubleheader 6-1

BOSTON The Red Sox extended their streak of futility against the Yankees this season, losing the first game of Saturdays doubleheader, 6-1, at Fenway Park.

Franklin Morales, who had allowed just two home runs in 43 innings entering the game and none in his previous three starts this season gave up four in three-plus innings.

Morales gave up a lead-off single to Derek Jeter. Then, with two outs, hit Robinson Cano with a pitch before giving up a three-run homer to Nick Swisher. Andruw Jones, the next batter, put the Yankees up by four runs after a nine-pitch at-bat.

The Yankees again had back-to-back home runs off Morales when Jones led off the fourth with his ninth home run of the year, followed by Jayson Nixs third.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, could do very little with Yankees starter Freddy Garcia. He faced one batter over the minimum through the first three innings, when David Ortiz walked in the first.

The Sox finally got to Garcia in the fourth. With one out, Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, and Mauro Gomez hit consecutive singles, with Ortiz scoring on Gomezs. But Ryan Kalish grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Gonzalezs single extended his hitting streak to 17 games, matching a career high.

Morales took the loss, falling to 1-2, while his ERA rose from 2.51 to 3.50. He went 3 13 innings, giving up six runs on six hits, two walks, four home runs, and a hit batter with two strikeouts.

Garcia earned the win, improving to 3-2 (5.23).

The Red Sox are now 0-4 against the Yankees this season. It is the Sox worst record to start a season against the Yankees since losing their first six in 1994.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.