Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2


Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2

NEW YORK -- In a season of far too many lows, the Red Sox found another on their way to their worst season in more than four decades.

The Yankees launched four homers in the second inning, accounting for all but one of their runs in a 10-2 rout of the Red Sox.

The Yanks sent 13 men to the plate that inning and got homers from Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira.

Starter Clay Buccholz gave up the first three, while Alfredo Aceves gave up the one to Teixeira, who was in the lineup after missing 20 straight games because of a calf injury.

The four homers in the same inning tied a franchise record for the Yankees, who moved a game ahead of the Orioles in the AL East race with two games to play. Both teams have secured playoff spots.

Buchholz, in his final start of the season, dropped to 11-8 and was winless over his final eight outings. His last win came on Aug. 16.

The Sox managed a run in the fourth on Daniel Nava's leadoff homer and got another in the seventh when Mauro Gomez walked, too second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Sox and fourth in a row on this trip, during which they've allowed 10 homers.

It also dropped the Sox to 7-20 since Sept. 1, the same record they posted last September that led to the firing of Terry Francona.

STAR OF THE GAME: Robinson Cano
As the final score hints, there were plenty of offensive heroes as the Yankees pounded out 13 hits and scored 10 runs. But Cano collected three hits -- a homer in the second, and doubles in the third and fourth -- drove in three and scored two as part of the rout.

Granted, it was hardly an imposing lineup that he faced. But Sabathia did his job, getting quick outs -- retiring the side in order three times in the first six innings -- and allowing his teammates to get back in the batter's box.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
This was, in a word, ugly. Buchholz's final outing of the season will be a tough memory to take into the off-season: 1 23 innings pitched, eight runs -- including three homers -- allowed as his winless streak stretched to eight straight games.

TURNING POINT: A cynic might suggest it was when Bobby Valentine turned in the lineup card full of non-regulars. Still, since this game was lost because of poor pitching, we'll go with the back-to-back homers hit by Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin that quickly built the score to 4-0 in the second.

BY THE NUMBERS: The last time the Red Sox allowed four homers in an inning was 1997, which, coincidentally, was the last season in which they posted a losing record.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's tought whenever you leave pitches out over the middle of the plate and every one of them gets hit.'' -- Clay Buchholz

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.


A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.