American League Game Summary - New York at Boston|
(Friday, April 20th)
Final Score: New York 6, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Eric Chavez hit two of New York's five home
runs, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-2, on a day that saw Boston celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.
On April 20, 1912, the Red Sox opened Fenway Park with a victory over the New
York Highlanders, soon to become known as the Yankees. On Friday, the Yankees
were again the opponent and both teams wore replica uniforms from 1912.
All living Red Sox uniformed personnel were invited to participate on Friday,
and the former players and managers all entered the field through the center
field gate during a pre-game ceremony. They wore jerseys from the time that
they played and walked to their respective positions.
"That was fantastic, they did an amazing job putting this whole day together
-- first class everything. I wouldn't expect anything less out of the Red Sox,
obviously. What a special day for everyone," Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross
Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Russell Martin also homered for the Yankees
Ivan Nova (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings to pick up
another win. He struck out five while improving to 1-2 in five games (four
starts) against the Red Sox.
"He's a monster," Rodriguez said of Nova. "I don't know when people are going
to realize that. He is a fantastic pitcher. He has four-plus pitches. All four
pitches are above major league average."
David Ortiz hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who have lost four in a row.
Mike Aviles had two hits and an RBI.
Clay Buchholz (1-1) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits over six-
plus frames. He gave up all five of New York's home runs.
"Today was just a matter of missing up in the zone," Buchholz said. "When you
get a team like that, that can hit mistakes, you can't miss up in the zone or
on the plate. That was the case today."
New York got on the board in the first inning and never looked back. Derek
Jeter reached first on second baseman Dustin Pedroia's missed catch error,
moved to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Rodriguez's single to
The Yankees added a pair of solo homers in the second. Swisher got the
frame started with a blast over the wall in left-center field. After Raul
Ibanez grounded out, Chavez hit a homer to right-center field for a 3-0 lead.
But Ortiz responded in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot of his
own. Ortiz's blast to left-center field was originally ruled a double. Upon
further review, it was determined the ball cleared the Green Monster before
bouncing back into the field of play.
New York continued the home run parade in the fourth. Chavez led off the frame
with a blast over the wall in center for his 16th career two-homer game.
The first pitch to Rodriguez in the fifth sailed over the Green Monster and
onto Lansdowne Street. The homer was No. 631 of Rodriguez's career, moving him
past Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time home
Boston managed to get one run back in the bottom half of the frame. Ross led
off with a double and scored two batters later on Aviles' double to right. The
ball dropped in front Swisher, who had problems with the sun. Nova retired the
next two batters to keep it a 5-2 game.
Buchholz gave up his fifth homer of the game in the sixth, when Martin cleared
the Green Monster.
Cory Wade, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera all tossed a scoreless inning of
relief to secure the victory.
Boston went 12-6 against the Yanks in 2011, their most wins against New York
since a 14-4 mark in 1973...Buchholz fell to 2-4 in eight starts against the
Yankees...New York outfielder Curtis Granderson, who on Thursday went 5-for-5
with three home runs in New York's 7-6 win over Minnesota, went 1-for-4 on
Friday...Ceremonial first pitches were thrown by current Boston mayor Thomas
Menino, as well as Caroline Kennedy and Thomas Fitzgerald -- both descendants
of 1912 mayor John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald...Jeter's single in the
second inning was the 3,111th hit of his career, passing Dave Winfield (3,110)
for sole possession of 18th place on baseball's all-time list.
04/20 22:44:19 ET