Sox stumble, Yankees take over first, 3-2

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Sox stumble, Yankees take over first, 3-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
For the first time since April 9 -- and just the second time this season -- the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Sox.

The win moved the Yankees a game ahead of the Red Sox in the American League East standings, dropping the Sox out of first for the first time since July 6.

The Yanks erupted for three runs in the sixth off Jon Lester (11-5), who lost to New York for just the second time in 15 career starts.

Two walks that inning by Lester contributed to the rally. Eduardo Nunez worked a leadoff walk and scored two hitters later on an RBI-single from Curtis Granderson.

Derek Jeter crossed the plate on a double play ball and Granderson scored on Nick Swisher's double.

The Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on a run-scoring double by Jacoby Ellsbury. The Sox added to their lead in the fourth when David Ortiz homered into the right field bleachers just behind the Red Sox bullpen.

Bartolo Colon was chased after 4 23 innings, but the Yankee bullpen pitched shutout ball for the final 4 13 innings, allowing just two hits in that span -- a two-out double by Carl Crawford in the sixth and an infield single by Crawford with one out in the ninth.
STAR OF THE GAME: Nick Swisher
Swisher was the only member of the Yankees' lineup to collect two hits. He had a single in the second and a double in the sixth.

The double, just inside the third base bag, came with two outs and scored Curtis Granderson with what proved to be the winning run.

HONORABLE MENTION: Boone Logan
After starter Bartolo Colon ran out of gas at 94 pitches, Logan inherited a bases-loaded situation with two outs in the fifth.

Facing Adrian Gonzalez, the major league leader in RBI, Logan struck out the first baseman on three pitches, then got two big outs in the sixth -- Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz -- before allowing a double to Carl Crawford.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester shut out the Yankees for the first five innings, then seemed to lose the plate in the sixth when two walks led to a three-run inning for the visitors.
TURNING POINT: Lester walks Nunez
In the sixth, Lester quickly got ahead of Eduardo Nunez, the No. 9 hitter, 0-and-2. He then fell behind and walked him, setting in motion the three-run inning for New York.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5010
David Ortiz's solo homer in the fourth inning gave him 50 extra-base hits for 2011, marking the 10th straight year he's reached that milestone.
QUOTE OF NOTE:
"I have to do a better job of buckling down and getting that third out (in the sixth inning).'' Jon Lester, on the run-scoring double he allowed to Nick Swisher.

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

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK - There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."