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"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.
|Constant rain wreaks havoc on the Yankees-Red Sox game, delaying the finish to almost 1 a.m. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.305|
|a- Melky Cabrera, PH-LF^RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Derek Jeter, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Cody Ransom, SS||3||3||3||2||1||0||0||.297|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||4||1||1||2||1||0||.297|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.300|
|b- Wilson Betemit, PH-3B||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||3||2||0||1||1||2||2||.249|
|Juan Miranda, 1B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Xavier Nady, DH-LF||5||4||3||0||1||0||2||.305|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||1||3||5||0||0||1||.267|
|Chad Moeller, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.231|
|Brett Gardner, CF||6||0||2||4||0||0||1||.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|
|David Robertson (W,4-0)||2||1||0||0||0||3||0||5.52|
|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, CF||5||2||4||1||0||0||2||.280|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||2||1||1||1||2||1||.259|
|Mike Lowell, DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.274|
|a- Chris Carter, PH-DH||3||2||1||0||1||1||0||.462|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||2||1||1||2||0||1||0||.315|
|George Kottaras, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Jonathan Van Every, RF||3||0||1||3||0||0||0||.250|
|Jason Bay, LF||1||1||0||0||2||1||1||.287|
|Jeff Bailey, LF||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Sean Casey, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.323|
|Kevin Cash, C-3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.232|
|Gil Velazquez, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.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)||2.2||6||7||6||1||2||1||11.68|
|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|
|Attendance - 37301|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Jerry Layne|