New York at Boston

N.Y. Yankees
W: D. Robertson (4-0) L: D. Pauley (0-1)
HR: NYY - J. Damon (17), C. Ransom (3), C. Ransom (4)   BOS - J. Ellsbury (9), K. Youkilis (29)

Yankees crush Red Sox in rain-infested game, help Rays win East wire reports

BOSTON -- To the New York Yankees, who have little left to play for this season, the chance to deprive the Boston Red Sox of a division title was barely worth waiting around for.

"I would have liked to have knocked them out of the playoffs and put us in. That would have meant something," manager Joe Girardi said Friday night after the Yankees beat Boston 19-8 to deliver the AL East title to Tampa Bay. "It really doesn't (mean anything)."

Playing a lineup loaded with backups in an unusually meaningless matchup with their longtime rivals, the Yankees waited out 2 hours, 9 minutes of rain delays on to eliminate Boston's last chance at the division title. The Red Sox had already clinched a wild-card berth, and they will open the playoffs at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

"The important thing is for us to get our house in order, be healthy, and try to get everybody at-bats," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "But not too many."

Cody Ransom pinch hit for Derek Jeter and went 3-for-3 with two homers, Robinson Cano tied a career high with five RBI and Brett Gardner had a career-best four RBI for the Yankees. Bobby Abreu scored four times and Xavier Nady had three of New York's season-high 20 hits in a game that didn't end until 12:52 a.m. -- 5 hours, 47 minutes after the scheduled first pitch.

"It was a long game," Abreu said. "It was crazy, a little crazy, but we went out there and did our thing and won the game."

New York scored in every inning but the sixth, the most runs it has scored this season and the most allowed by Boston since losing 19-8 to the Yankees in Game 3 of the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Red Sox won the next four games to come back from a 3-0 deficit, then swept St. Louis in the World Series to end their 86-year championship drought.

With Boston playoff-bound and the Yankees watching the postseason from the outside for the first time since 1993, both teams used the sloppy field and various aches as a reason to make liberal substitutions. It rained all day, but the ballpark was sold out -- the 467th straight sellout at Fenway Park, giving the Red Sox a season attendance record of 2,973,717.

The Red Sox scratched David Ortiz and Daisuke Matsuzaka during the 1 hour, 31 minute delay at the start of the game, then took Mike Lowell out when his balky back acted up after one at-bat. The Yankees turned the bottom of their order over to Chad Moeller and Gardner and pulled Jeter in the fourth with a sore left hand.

More starters left during a 38-minute delay after a pelting rain began in the fifth, just before Ransom hit his second homer. By the time it was over, there were just a few hundred fans left in the stands.

Girardi said Jeter will sit Saturday and might play Sunday. Lowell is doubtful for Sunday and might not be ready for the first round of the playoffs. Matsuzaka will take his turn on Saturday, and Ortiz is expected to play as well.

The Yankees scored in each of the first five innings to open a 13-4 lead and chase Matsuzaka substitute David Pauley, who was making his second start of the season. Pauley (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits while getting eight outs.

David Robertson (4-0) struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief for the victory.

Jacoby Ellsbury connected for a leadoff homer in the first and had four hits for Boston. Jonathan Van Every hit a two-run triple in the ninth and finished with three RBI.


  • Because of the rain, the Red Sox postponed the ceremony to retire Johnny Pesky's No. 6 until Sunday.
  • It was Ellsbury's third career homer leading off the first inning. He also became the third player in Red Sox history with 50 stolen bases in a season, joining Tommy Harper (54 in 1973) and Tris Speaker (52 in '12).
  • Red Sox 2B Gil Velazquez, who was called up from Triple-A on Thursday, recorded his first major league hit and RBI in the fourth. C George Kottaras also had his first big league hit.
  • Yankees RHP Mariano Rivera is considering whether to have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder, but he remains available this weekend. Girardi said LHP Andy Pettitte received encouraging news from a backup MRI.
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Constant rain wreaks havoc on the Yankees-Red Sox game, delaying the finish to almost 1 a.m.  (AP)
Constant rain wreaks havoc on the Yankees-Red Sox game, delaying the finish to almost 1 a.m. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Ransom
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 2
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4112013 .305
   a- Melky Cabrera, PH-LF^RF2110001 .244
Derek Jeter, SS2000000 .300
    Cody Ransom, SS3332100 .297
Bobby Abreu, RF3411210 .297
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3011012 .300
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH-3B3121001 .266
Jason Giambi, 1B3201122 .249
    Juan Miranda, 1B1110000 .429
Xavier Nady, DH-LF5430102 .305
Robinson Cano, 2B5135001 .267
Chad Moeller, C4121001 .231
Brett Gardner, CF6024001 .229
a-flied out for Damon in the 6th
b-doubled for Rodriguez in the 5th
2B - Cody Ransom (3, Hansack), Wilson Betemit 2 (13, Timlin, Smith), Xavier Nady (37, Hansack), Robinson Cano 2 (34, Aardsma, Smith), Chad Moeller (6, Pauley)
HR - Johnny Damon (17, Pauley), Cody Ransom 2 (4, Aardsma, Timlin)
SF - Bobby Abreu (1), Robinson Cano (5), Chad Moeller (1)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (71), Cody Ransom 2 (8), Bobby Abreu (100), Alex Rodriguez (102), Wilson Betemit (25), Jason Giambi (96), Robinson Cano 5 (71), Chad Moeller (9), Brett Gardner 4 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (26), Alex Rodriguez (35), Robinson Cano (24), Brett Gardner 3 (8)
SB - Bobby Abreu (21, 2nd base off Pauley/Cash)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cano-Giambi, Cano-Giambi
New York Yankees
Alfredo Aceves 4544412 2.40
Phil Coke 2411020 0.66
David Robertson (W,4-0) 2100030 5.52
Chris Britton 1333210 5.09
WP - Alfredo Aceves (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 77-42, Phil Coke 32-22, David Robertson 22-15, Chris Britton 37-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 5-4, Phil Coke 2-1, David Robertson 2-1, Chris Britton 1-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 19, Phil Coke 9, David Robertson 7, Chris Britton 8
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5241002 .280
Jed Lowrie, SS4211121 .259
Mike Lowell, DH1000001 .274
   a- Chris Carter, PH-DH3210110 .462
Kevin Youkilis, 3B2112010 .315
    George Kottaras, C3010012 .200
Mark Kotsay, RF2010000 .276
    Jonathan Van Every, RF3013000 .250
Jason Bay, LF1100211 .287
    Jeff Bailey, LF1010100 .283
Sean Casey, 1B5000004 .323
Kevin Cash, C-3B3010111 .232
Gil Velazquez, 2B4011000 .250
a-flied out for Lowell in the 3rd
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (22, Britton), Jed Lowrie (25, Britton), George Kottaras (1, Coke)
3B - Jonathan Van Every (1, Britton)
HR - Jacoby Ellsbury (9, Aceves), Kevin Youkilis (29, Aceves)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (46), Jed Lowrie (46), Kevin Youkilis 2 (115), Jonathan Van Every 3 (4), Gil Velazquez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Van Every 2 (2)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (50, 2nd base off Aceves/Moeller)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Lowrie-Velazquez-Casey
E - Sean Casey (3, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
David Pauley (L,0-1) 2.2676121 11.68
David Aardsma 0.2355201 5.29
Mike Timlin 1.2311031 5.77
Chris Smith 1.2333200 7.85
Devern Hansack 2.1533000 4.76
HBP - Moeller (by David Aardsma), Giambi (by David Aardsma)
WP - Mike Timlin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - David Pauley 67-41, David Aardsma 30-14, Mike Timlin 28-18, Chris Smith 46-25, Devern Hansack 42-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Pauley 3-4, David Aardsma 1-1, Mike Timlin 1-1, Chris Smith 1-4, Devern Hansack 3-3
Batters Faced - David Pauley 16, David Aardsma 9, Mike Timlin 8, Chris Smith 10, Devern Hansack 11
Game Information
Attendance - 37301
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Jerry Layne