Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3

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Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com 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.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Ortiz
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.''

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

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Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.

“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.

MORE ON PRICE-ECKERSLEY

According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.

Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”

Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.

“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."

Schilling defends Eckersley, says Sox are 'devoid of clubhouse presence'

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Schilling defends Eckersley, says Sox are 'devoid of clubhouse presence'

Curt Schilling talks mostly politics on Twitter these days, but the Dennis Eckersley-David Price incident got him back to baseball.

And if Red Sox players think Eckersley is too critical, well, try this one on for size:

He didn't have only Price in his gunsights, either. When asked "what kind of team" would applaud the bashing of a Hall of Famer, he responded:

He even had kind words -- sort of -- for mortal enemy Dan Shaughnessy: