Yankees Win in the Clutch Against the Red Sox 4-2
The New York Yankees finally win a series against the Boston Red Sox as they defeat them 4-2 late Thursday night. The Yankees got a great start from AJ Burnett along with great defense from Curtis Granderson, and a big clutch hit by Russell Martin.
Find out which struggling Yankee got hurt in this game and his injury status.
AJ Burnett, who had been struggling over the past couple of months, made a great, important start against the rival Red Sox. One reason Burnett was signed by the Yankees was to perform against the Red Sox and on Thursday night, he finally performed to the level of his contract. Burnett went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, walking 2 and striking out 4. The two runs came off of a 2-run home run by Dustin Pedroia.
Curtis Granderson made a great diving catch in the outfield to save a run for AJ Burnett and the Yankees. That particular inning could have turned into a big one if that catch wasn't made.
Russell Martin smacked a clutch double in the top of the 7th go give the Yankees a 3-2 lead at the time. The Yankees would score Martin and hold onto their 4-2 lead and win the game. Mariano Rivera collected his 36th save of the season. Rivera needs 5 more saves to record 600 saves.
As of late, while Mark Teixeira's power numbers have been great, his average and on-base percentage have steadily been falling off. Some have started to chatter if he should even stay as the third batter in the Yankee lineup .
Well those questions took a bit of a back seat as Mark Teixeira got plunked in the inside of his right knee during Thursday night's game. It was reported later in the game that his knee was bruised and he will be day-to-day. It'll be interesting to see if Yankees manager Joe Girardi will make any lineup adjustments if Mark Teixeira doesn't start to pick things up.
Jesus Montero made his MLB debut for the Yankees but went 0-4 with a run scored. He had some good at bats against the Red Sox but could not collect his first career hit.
The Yankees travel back to New York to face the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Yankees and Red Sox leave the series with both teams tied in the loss column and with the Red Sox up a 1/2 game since they have one more win.