Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3


Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3

By SeanMcAdam Red SoxInsider Follow@sean_mcadam
NEW YORK -- For six innings, the Red Sox were overmatched by CC Sabathia, collecting just two hits in 19 at-bats against the lefty.

In the seventh inning, however, everything changed. The Sox sent eight hitters to the plate against Sabathia with six getting hits. All six hits -- plus two more against reliever David Robertson -- resulted in seven runs, wiping out a 2-0 Yankee lead and giving the Red Sox a 8-3 victory and a sweep of their three-game series.

The win, which followed a rain delay of nearly three and a half hours, gave the Red Sox a two-game lead in the A.L. East, their largest of the season. The Sox improved to 8-1 against the Yankees this season.

Josh Beckett, who fell behind when he yielded a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson, the second batter of the game for the Yankees, got the win, improving to 5-2. In 21 innings over three starts against the Yankees this season, Beckett has allowed just two runs on 10 hits for an ERA of 0.86.

In the seventh, the key hits included a run-scoring triple into the right field corner by Jed Lowrie, an RBI double to left by Mike Cameron which tied the game, a sharp single to right from Jacoby Ellsbury which gave the Sox their first lead and a booming double to left-center from David Ortiz off reliever David Robertson.

STAR OF THE GAME: Josh Beckett
Beckett's troubles against the Yankees are a thing of the past, apparently.

After allowing a two-run homer to the second hitter of the night, Curtis Granderson, Beckett tossed seven shutout innings and steered the Red Sox to an 8-3 win.

In three starts this year against New York, Beckett is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA.

Ortiz had two hits in the seventh inning -- a leadoff single which kick-started the rally and a two-run double to left-center which scored the sixth and seventh runs of the inning.

He also became the first Red Sox hitter to have at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in four straight games against the Yankees in the same season since Ted Williams did it in 1948.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Nick Swisher
Swisher was 0-for 3, and also misplayed Jed Lowrie's single in the seventh into a run-scoring triple.

TURNING POINT: In the third inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded and Robinson Cano at the plate.

The way CC Sabathia was going, if Beckett had given up a hit, the Yanks would have doubled their lead and likely put the game out of reach.

Instead, Beckett got Cano on a soft liner to third, stranding three and buying time for the offense to come back later in the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: After starting the season 0-7 on the road, the Red Sox are 17-6 in their 23 away games since.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I just want to thank you guys for (publicizing) the stat today of me not getting hit by the Yankees. I finally got hit. Hope you (expletive) are happy.''

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Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss


Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.