Yankees rout Red Sox in season finale, 14-2

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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.

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Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

Angels score three after overturned call, beat Red Sox, 4-2

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels benefited from a fairly-new rule and relied on an old-fashioned type save to beat the Boston Red Sox.

Parker Bridwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Bridwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

"I don't care if it's old-fashioned or it's cutting edge, we need them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We need guys to hold leads. Most closers are primarily the one-inning guys that are in that bubble."

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12. Boston remained tied with New York atop the AL East.

Bridwell was Fister's teammate at Triple-A Salt Lake before he was let go.

"That's weird," Bridwell said. "I was in the same clubhouse with him a week-and-a-half ago or whatever and we were talking pitching. I was asking him certain things he did along the game, and the next thing you know we're starting against each other on the big-league level."

After the challenge overturned Danny Espinosa's 3-6-3 double play, Los Angeles got to Fister.

"That's modern-day baseball," Scioscia said.

Fister was pleased by his first start with Boston, and 200th of his career.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad day," he said. "They just put together some timely hits and took advantage of well-placed baseballs. That's what good clubs do and that's what they did today."

Espinosa was credited with a fielder's choice and RBI after the review. Cowart followed with an RBI double and Juan Gratetrol had a run-scoring single.

"He's a bang-bang play from a scoreless outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Moreland homered over the Angels' bullpen in the bottom half. Bradley Jr. hit his into the center-field bleachers in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Scioscia said LHP Tyler Skaggs was scratched from a scheduled rehab start in the Arizona League on Saturday night with soreness in his oblique and abdominal area.

Red Sox: Farrell said ace lefty David Price has a middle finger-nail issue on his pitching hand, but "is expected" to make his next scheduled start. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on the 10-day DL with a right knee subluxation, will make a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday after he felt fine following a 68-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

ROSTER MOVE

The Angels recalled infielder Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game and optioned RHP Eduardo Paredes there before the game.

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

The Red Sox put a message on the center-field board, wishing NESN analyst Jerry Remy: "Best of Luck, Jerry, on your surgery tomorrow!"

The crowd gave him a huge ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard. The popular former Red Sox second baseman (1978-84) waved.

He is being treated for cancer for the fifth time.

NICE PERFORMANCE

Nine-year-old Shea Braceland from Westfield, Mass., got a long and loud ovation when she completed a flawless rendition of the national anthem.

UP NEXT

Angels: Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) is set to face Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) when the teams open a two-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Nolasco has lost his last seven decisions.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-3, 2.85) is in line to work against Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (7-1, 2.67) when the teams open a four-game series in Fenway Monday. Sale leads the majors with 146 strikeouts.