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McCann ends slump, powers Yanks past BoSox with 2 HRs

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NEW YORK -- Brian McCann was far from panic mode. He was hitting the ball well, and figured positive results would follow.

Still, he enjoyed seeing his drives wind up in the seats instead of someone's glove.

McCann put an emphatic end to his season-opening slump, hitting his first two home runs for the New York Yankees to help beat John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox 7-4 Saturday.

''I was pleased about my at-bats today,'' McCann said.

Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson also connected as the Yankees scored all their runs on homers. Lackey was tagged for a career-high four home runs in 5 2/3 innings.

New York has won two of three in a series that wraps up Sunday night.

A.J. Pierzynski hit his first home run for the Red Sox.

After striking out in the first inning and dropping his batting average to .158, McCann quickly reversed his fortunes. The seven-time All-Star who left Atlanta to sign an $85 million, five-year deal with the Yankees led off the fourth with a liner into the first row of the second deck in right field.

McCann hurried around the bases, and fans were still cheering when Soriano followed with his third home run of the week.

Beltran opened the sixth with a double and McCann homered to right-center. It was the catcher's 10th career multihomer game.

''I've been seeing the ball pretty well to be hitting in the hundreds,'' McCann said.

As for any concerns about a slow start, he said, ''I don't look at it that way.''

The Red Sox have been shifting on McCann during this series, moving an extra infielder onto the right side once they get a strike on him. Facing Lackey for the first time, McCann made moot any shift.

''He's hit the ball better than his numbers indicated,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

''I was not really concerned about it. I know he's going to hit,'' he said.

Girardi said he assumed the short right-field fence and the jet stream that carries the ball in that direction would benefit the lefty-hitting McCann.

''It showed up today,'' Girardi said.

Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) pitched into the seventh, and reliever Matt Thornton gave up Mike Carp's two-run single that made it 6-4. With runners at the corners, Carp was caught stealing for the third out.

Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Lackey (2-1) threw plenty of strikes, but gave up 10 hits. He walked none, fanned six and missed a chance to get off to a 3-0 start for the first time in his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury bunted for a two-out single in the first and Beltran homered on an 0-2 pitch right down the middle. Lackey was already stalking toward the plate to get a new ball from the umpire before Beltran reached second base.

''I just left it over the plate. It wasn't a very good pitch, up in the zone. One of those I'd like to have back, for sure,'' Lackey said.

Johnson hit his third homer in the eighth.

Notes

Soriano had played only one inning in right field during his career -- in the 2003 World Series, in fact -- before starting there in this game. He made an error on the first chance he got, dropping a soft fly by Xander Bogaerts. ... David Ortiz has reached safely in 25 straight games against the Yankees, the longest active streak vs. New York. He got one hit, and is 11 for 20 lifetime facing Kuroda. ... The Yankees hit back-to-back homers for the first time since last June 6. ... Red Sox CF Grady Sizemore didn't start, a day after his big three-run homer beat the Yankees. He missed the last two seasons because of injuries, and manager John Farrell doesn't want to overuse him. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter got a day off. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (strained right hamstring) said his recovery is going well. He's eligible to come off the DL next weekend and Girardi said he'd be surprised if Teixeira isn't back on time. ... Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 9.00 ERA) is set to face RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 8.68) in the series finale.

 
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Brian McCann (right), 2 for 24 in his past 7 games, busts out with 3 RBI for New York, which scores all its runs on homers (4). (USATSI)
Brian McCann (right), 2 for 24 in his past 7 games, busts out with 3 RBI for New York, which scores all its runs on homers (4). (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

B. McCann
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010011 .236
Daniel Nava, RF4110101 .150
David Ortiz, DH4010013 .283
Mike Napoli, 1B3000013 .283
Mike Carp, LF4012012 .250
Xander Bogaerts, SS4110010 .286
A.J. Pierzynski, C4122011 .344
Jonathan Herrera, 3B3000121 .200
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF3100102 .276
John Lackey, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals3447438  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (3, Kuroda)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Kuroda)
RBI - Mike Carp 2 (2), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Carp 2 (2)
SB - Daniel Nava (1, 2nd base off Thornton/McCann), Jackie Bradley Jr. (2, 3rd base off Thornton/McCann)
CS - Mike Carp (1, 2nd base by Betances/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (L,2-1) 5.21066064 3.86
Craig Breslow 0.2100010 0.00
Andrew Miller 0.2000110 2.70
Burke Badenhop 1311011 9.00
WP - Craig Breslow (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 95-69, Craig Breslow 12-7, Andrew Miller 17-10, Burke Badenhop 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-3, Craig Breslow 1-0, Burke Badenhop 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 26, Craig Breslow 3, Andrew Miller 3, Burke Badenhop 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5010012 .275
Brian Roberts, 2B4000012 .129
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3120110 .372
Carlos Beltran, DH4222023 .268
Brian McCann, C4223012 .195
Alfonso Soriano, RF4121000 .244
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000 .444
Kelly Johnson, 1B4121011 .286
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4020010 .359
Dean Anna, SS4010012 .214
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
Totals36714719  
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (4, Lackey), Dean Anna (1, Badenhop)
HR - Carlos Beltran (2, Lackey), Brian McCann 2 (2, Lackey), Alfonso Soriano (3, Lackey), Kelly Johnson (3, Badenhop)
SH - Brian Roberts (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (6), Brian McCann 3 (6), Alfonso Soriano (4), Kelly Johnson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (3)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (6, 2nd base off Lackey/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Alfonso Soriano (1, Dropped fly)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (W,2-1) 6.1644351 3.86
Matt Thornton (H,3) 0.1100010 0.00
Dellin Betances (H,2) 0.1000000 0.00
Adam Warren (H,4) 1000020 0.00
Shawn Kelley (S,2) 1000000 3.38
HBP - Napoli (by Matt Thornton)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 97-59, Matt Thornton 9-7, Dellin Betances 3-2, Adam Warren 15-10, Shawn Kelley 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-8, Adam Warren 1-0, Shawn Kelley 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Matt Thornton 3, Adam Warren 3, Shawn Kelley 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48572
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Brian Gorman