Yankees rout Red Sox in season finale, 14-2


Yankees rout Red Sox in season finale, 14-2

NEW YORK -- In the final game of their worst season in almost a half-century, the Red Sox went down without a fight.
After scoring a run in the top of the first, the Red Sox were blown out by the New York Yankees, who clinched the division in the seventh inning, but left nothing to chance, pasting the Sox, 14-2.
The Yankees launched four homers -- two each from Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson -- and scored in five of their eight innings. Cano and Granderson combined for 10 RBI.
The four homers helped the Yanks set a franchise record with 245 home runs this season.
When the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-1 over the Baltimore Orioles was posted in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Yankee Stadium crowd erupted and several Yankees hugged in the dugout.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, making what was almost certainly his final appearance for the Sox, was chased in the third inning, having given up six runs on five hits.
Six other Red Sox pitchers followed him to the mound and continued to throw batting practice as the Yankees bashed out 15 hits.
Cody Ross singled home the first Red Sox run in the first. A two-out double by Pedro Ciriaco and a run-scoring single from Jose Iglesias in the seventh accounted for the second.

STAR OF THE GAME: Robinson CanoCano finished the season strong and had a huge night in the final game -- four hits (including two homers), six RBI and three runs scored.

HONORABLE MENTION: Curtis GrandersonGranderson smoked two homers, finishing with 43 for the season, and knocked in four runs while scoring two runs.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Daisuke MatsuzakaIn what was almost certainly his final start in a Red Sox uniform, Matsuzaka didn't exactly go out in a blaze of glory. He was belted around for five runs on six hits and couldn't get out of the third inning, finishing the season 1-7.

TURNING POINT: The first of Robinson Cano's homers -- a two-run shot in the third -- pushed the Yankee lead to 5-1. With the momentum from the home crowd and the state of the Sox pitching staff, it was clear that the night was effectively over.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox allowed 43 homeers to the Yankees in 2012, the most ever allowed in one season to any club in franchise history.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I wasn't able to perform to my expectations after the first two years and I'm really disappointed and very apologetic that I wasn't able to perform to my expectations.'' -- Daisuke Matsuzaka.