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N.Y. Yankees (64-59) «0210041019170
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A-Rod shakes off plunking, helps Yanks rally past BoSox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez was hit by a fastball on his first at-bat then homered to start a four-run sixth inning that carried the New York Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after coming out of the dugout and hollering at plate umpire Brian O'Nora, who had warned both benches immediately after Rodriguez was hit by Ryan Dempster. The 3-0 pitch hit Rodriguez as led off the second inning. It struck his left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back.

"He should have been thrown out of the game," Girardi said. "Everyone knows it was intentional."

Players streamed from the dugouts and benches, but no skirmishes developed in the latest testy game between the longtime rivals.

"It's obviously an odd situation there," Rodriguez said. "The game has a way of policing itself."

The dustup seemed to spark the Yankees, who were trailing 2-0 at the time. Mariano Rivera earned his first save since blowing three chances in a row for the first time in his career.

Rodriguez, who went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, was suspended recently for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. He appealed the penalty and can play until there is a final decision.

Boston's lead in the AL East was cut to one game over Tampa Bay. The game took 4 hours, 12 minutes.

One Yankee drew loud cheers from the Fenway Park crowd. Rivera received a standing ovation as he ran in from the bullpen for the ninth. In his first appearance since last Sunday, he got his 36th save in 41 opportunities.

With two runners on, Rivera retired Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a fly ball for the final out.

CC Sabathia (11-10) got the win and the Yankees took two of three from the first-place Red Sox.

Booed every time he came to bat -- and even when he was on deck in the first -- Rodriguez drew more jeers after he led off the sixth with a homer off Dempster (6-9) to cut the lead to 6-4. Brett Gardner soon followed with a three-run triple off Drake Britton.

As Rodriguez's second homer of the year landed in the center field bleachers, he clapped his hands and let out a shout at first base. Then he clapped again and pointed both hands skyward as he crossed home plate.

He continued to the dugout where he was congratulated by teammates. The homer was the 649th of Rodriguez's career, 11 behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.

The rally continued when the Yankees loaded the bases with one out on singles by Eduardo Nunez and Lyle Overbay and a walk to Chris Stewart before Gardner tripled.

Rodriguez was one of four Yankees hit by pitches, but his was the only one that appeared to be intentional.

Boston manager John Farrell said in an interview with ESPN during the game that he didn't feel Dempster hit Rodriguez intentionally.

"He was trying to establish his fastball," Farrell said. "Obviously, the pitch got away from him."

Dempster's first pitch went behind Rodriguez's knees as fans chanted "You're a cheater!" The next two pitches were inside before the fourth pitch struck Rodriguez. He walked slowly to first base, accompanied by a trainer and staring at Dempster but not making a move toward the mound.

In 12 games since his season debut after recovering from hip and quadriceps problems, Rodriguez is batting .319 with two homers and six RBIs.

Boston had taken a 2-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jonny Gomes and an RBI single by Saltalamacchia. New York tied it in the second when Rodriguez was hit, took third on a double by Curtis Granderson and scored on a single by Nunez. Overbay followed with a sacrifice fly.

Rodriguez's run-scoring groundout gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the third before the Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by David Ortiz.

The Red Sox took a 5-3 lead in the fourth on Stephen Drew's sacrifice fly and Will Middlebrooks' 10th homer. A bases-loaded walk to Daniel Nava boosted the lead to 6-3 in the fifth.

After the four-run sixth, the Yankees added RBI singles by Mark Reynolds in the seventh and Stewart in the ninth.

Notes

New York's Alfonso Soriano went 0 for 6 after batting .682 with five homers and 18 RBI in his previous five games. ... Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez left the game in the sixth with a tight right hamstring. ... Boston 1B Mike Napoli missed his second straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) increased his movement in fielding drills on Sunday, including some spin moves on grounders up the middle, during his third day of workouts at the team's complex in Tampa, Fla. Jeter took batting practice, but isn't running the bases. Girardi said Jeter won't be ready to return for Tuesday's doubleheader against Toronto.... Dempster is 0-6 with a 7.57 ERA against the Yankees in his career.

 
 
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A trainer tends to Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees slugger was beaned by a pitch in the second inning. (Getty Images)
A trainer tends to Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees slugger was beaned by a pitch in the second inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

W. Middlebrooks
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF5023012 .271
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6120011 .272
Robinson Cano, 2B5030012 .301
Alfonso Soriano, LF6000019 .264
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4232000 .319
Curtis Granderson, DH5210005 .275
Eduardo Nunez, SS3031000 .248
   Jayson Nix, PR-SS1200011 .230
Lyle Overbay, 1B2111010 .257
   a-Mark Reynolds, PH-1B2011001 .219
Chris Stewart, C4111103 .230
Totals43917916  
a-singled for Overbay in the 7th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (24, Dempster), Curtis Granderson (4, Dempster)
3B - Brett Gardner (7, Britton)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (2, Dempster)
SF - Lyle Overbay (3)
RBI - Brett Gardner 3 (42), Alex Rodriguez 2 (6), Eduardo Nunez (18), Lyle Overbay (51), Mark Reynolds (52), Chris Stewart (20)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (20)
SB - Curtis Granderson (5, 2nd base off Workman/Saltalamacchia), Eduardo Nunez 2 (7, 2nd base off Workman/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia), Jayson Nix (12, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Nix-Cano-Reynolds
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,11-10) 5.1766551 4.83
Shawn Kelley (H,7) 0.2000010 3.40
Boone Logan (H,8) 1000110 2.86
David Robertson (H,29) 1100030 1.74
Mariano Rivera (S,36) 1100100 2.38
IBB - Saltalamacchia by CC Sabathia
WP - CC Sabathia (4), David Robertson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 103-64, Shawn Kelley 7-6, Boone Logan 9-4, David Robertson 17-13, Mariano Rivera 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-5, Shawn Kelley 1-0, Boone Logan 1-0, Mariano Rivera 2-1
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, Shawn Kelley 2, Boone Logan 3, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4100142 .296
Shane Victorino, RF5220011 .280
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110004 .291
David Ortiz, DH4021110 .327
Jonny Gomes, LF2001202 .236
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4121103 .270
Daniel Nava, 1B2001122 .290
Stephen Drew, SS3001023 .245
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3121100 .223
Totals32696710  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (19, Sabathia), David Ortiz (28, Sabathia), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (33, Sabathia), Will Middlebrooks (16, Robertson)
HR - Will Middlebrooks (10, Sabathia)
SF - Jonny Gomes (5), Stephen Drew (4)
SH - Daniel Nava (1)
RBI - David Ortiz (78), Jonny Gomes (35), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (47), Daniel Nava (55), Stephen Drew (48), Will Middlebrooks (29)
2-OUT RBI - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (18), Daniel Nava (20), Will Middlebrooks (7)
Team LOB - 9
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (L,6-9) 5.1977131 4.77
Drake Britton (BS,2) 0.1200000 3.77
Brandon Workman 1111010 4.75
Franklin Morales 0.2200010 6.14
Junichi Tazawa 0.2100010 2.50
Rubby De La Rosa 1211000 4.76
WP - Ryan Dempster (9), Rubby De La Rosa (1)
HBP - Rodriguez (by Ryan Dempster), Gardner (by Franklin Morales), Nix (by Rubby De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 107-65, Drake Britton 10-7, Brandon Workman 13-10, Franklin Morales 18-11, Junichi Tazawa 13-8, Rubby De La Rosa 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 4-9, Drake Britton 1-0, Brandon Workman 2-0, Rubby De La Rosa 1-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 27, Drake Britton 3, Brandon Workman 4, Franklin Morales 5, Junichi Tazawa 3, Rubby De La Rosa 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37917
Game Time - 4:12
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Adrian Johnson