Granderson leads Yankees over Red Sox, 5-4

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Granderson leads Yankees over Red Sox, 5-4

BOSTON -- For much of the year, the Yankees have relied on the long ball. Wednesday night at Fenway, it served them well.
Curtis Granderson hit two mammoth shots into the right field bleachers and Robinson Cano added another, accounting for all of the New York runs in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
The Yankees have 213 homers this season, easily the most of any team in the major leagues.
The Sox staged a ninth-inning rally when Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- who earlier had doubled and tripled -- bashed a solo homer the Sox to within a run. But that was close as they got as Rafael Soriano closed it out.
Starter Aaron Cook allowed the first homer to Granderson -- a solo shot -- in the fourth and, two batters later, the two-run belt by Cano. He pitched into the sixth before being lifted, suffering his third straight loss. Cook has won just one of his last dozen starts.
Alfredo Aceves gave up the second homer to Granderson, which came in the seventh inning.
The Sox, who didn't collect a hit until the fourth, got their first run when James Loney singled home Dustin Pedroia (double).
Doubles by Saltalamacchia, Daniel Nava and pinch-hitter Mike Aviles resulted in two more runs in the seventh.
The loss dropped the Red Sox record in September to 2-8 and was their 12th in the last 14 games.

Drellich: Hanley Ramirez has to improve or Red Sox need to try others

Drellich: Hanley Ramirez has to improve or Red Sox need to try others

BOSTON — It doesn’t really matter what’s holding Hanley Ramirez back: his health, his desire to play at less-than-100 percent, neither, both. The Red Sox need him to produce more at the plate, as the designated hitter, or need to play someone who can produce more.

The suggestion of putting Ramirez on the disabled list so that his shoulders (and now, his left knee, where he was hit by a pitch Sunday) may heal is reasonable. If you can’t hit well — if you can’t even be in the lineup — why are you on the roster?

Ramirez was out for a second straight game Tuesday night. 

Flat-out benching Ramirez in favor of Chris Young or Sam Travis or both for a time makes sense too. Young will DH again Tuesday and Travis will start at first against Twins left-hander Hector Santiago. 

Try one, try all. The route to better production doesn’t matter. As long as the Sox get some, be it from Ramirez or somewhere else.

After Mitch Moreland, who’s playing with a fractured big toe on his left foot, homered and had another impactful night on Monday, Sox manager John Farrell made some comments that are hard to read as anything but a message to Ramirez.

“In his most recent stretch, he’s been able to get on top of some fastballs that have been at the top of the strike zone or above for some power obviously,” Farrell said. “But I think the way he’s gone about it given the physical condition he’s in, is a strong message to the remainder of this team.”

Tuesday is June 27. From May 27 on, Ramirez is hitting .202 with a .216 on-base percentage and .369 slugging percentage. 

In the final three months of the 2016 season, Ramirez hit .300 with a .379 OBP and .608 slugging percentage. That’s from the start of July through the end of the regular season. 

The potential for such a second-half surge is hard to ignore. The Sox need to figure out if Ramirez is healthy enough to give it to them, and if not, be willing to give someone else an extended look — be it with Ramirez on the bench or the DL.

Farrell suspended one game for last week's run-in with umpire

Farrell suspended one game for last week's run-in with umpire

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has been suspended one game because of Saturday night's scream-fest with umpire Bill Miller, when Farrell objected to a balk call made on Fernando Abad that led to an Angels run in the seventh inning.

Farrell is to serve the suspension on Tuesday night. He has also been fined.

Farrell and the umpire couldn't have been much closer to each other's face, and some contact was made.

"There was contact made, yes. I didn't bump him though," Farrell said a day later. "The tip of my finger touched his shirt."

Miller has ejected Farrell three times, more than any other umpire.

"No, honestly I didn't even know that, someone's brought to my attention that it's been the third time," Farrell said Sunday when asked if that history played in. "I don't have a tote board of who's done what and how many times