Notes: Scutaro an unlikely hero versus Yankees

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Notes: Scutaro an unlikely hero versus Yankees

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- In a convincing 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday, the offensive star was an unlikely one.

Shortstop Marco Scutaro came into the game with just 3 hits in 21 at-bats and sat out Saturday while Terry Francona gave a start at short to Jed Lowrie.

Scutaro worked two walks off CC Sabathia in his first two plate appearances, but the heroics took place in the seventh against reliever Joba Chamberlain.

Scutaro came to the plate with bases loaded and one out in the seventh and the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead. He promptly drove a pitch from Chamberlain into the corner in left, upping the Sox' lead to 3-0.

"I was just trying to look for a pitch I could handle,'' said Scutaro. "The first pitch was a slider, it was kind of down and away. Then I was just looking for a fastball, a pitch I can at least hit a fly ball on or something.''

After a slow start offensively, Scutaro was relieved to make a contribution.

"It's nice, especially with the situation we're in right now,'' he said. "We're just trying to get out of this slump. so it's always nice when you come through like that. It feels good.

"We wanted to score a couple more runs for Josh Beckett. He was throwing the ball so good, and we wanted a couple more so he could relax a little bit.''

Francona on Dustin Pedroia, who went 9-for-13 in the series:

I think he almost wills himself to help us win.

The Red Sox shut out the Yankees for the first time since a 7-0 Beckett win win in June 9, 2009 at Fenway.

Red Sox pitchers last held the Yankees to two hits on Sept. 10, 1999 at Yankee Stadium, and last did it at Fenway Park on June 7, 1990.

The Red Sox busted out for a season-high 12 hits, but also left 16 runners on base. They left at least one runner on base in every inning.

We got a lot of hits and we also left a lot of men on base, manager Terry Francona said. Some of thats CC Sabathia. Hes not only good . . . but hes a very intelligent pitcher. He knows who he wants to face, maybe who he wants to pitch around. Hes very good about that. We have left some men on. Fortunately the way Beckett pitched, it didnt matter tonight.

J.D. Drew has reached safely in all seven games hes played this season, including hitting in six straight. He is 7-for-20 (.350) in that stretch.

The game marked the first time neither team hit a home run in a game between the Red Sox and Yankees since April 26, 2009.

At 2:56 it was the shortest game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park since a 2:49 game on April 12, 2008, a 4-3 Red Sox win.

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Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.