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Nova, Beltran help Yankees clinch series against Red Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- With a little help from the replay room, Carlos Beltran and the banged-up Yankees did just enough to hold off Boston.

Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing, and New York beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday night with the aid of another disputed video review that led to the ejection of Boston manager John Farrell.

"Extremely difficult to have any faith in the process that's being used," Farrell said.

Ichiro Suzuki robbed David Ortiz of extra bases in the eighth inning, crashing into the outfield fence for a spectacular catch, and New York took three of four in the first series of the season between the longtime rivals.

Beltran had three hits and was pressed into his first career appearance at first base when Francisco Cervelli was injured.

"We have to do what it takes," Beltran said. "I hope I don't have to do it again."

Mike Napoli hit a home run and Felix Doubront (1-2) went 6 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, who scratched star second baseman Dustin Pedroia due to a sore left wrist.

New York, playing without Derek Jeter for the second successive game, scored its third run with the benefit of instant replay in the fourth.

With runners at the corners and one out, the Red Sox thought they turned an inning-ending double play on Cervelli's grounder. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out on a bang-bang play, and Cervelli grabbed his right hamstring as he tumbled to the ground.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, which was overturned after a 3-minute replay review. That gave New York another run and a 3-1 lead.

Farrell, surely still bothered by a replay review that curiously went against Boston the day before, pointed to his eyes as he argued with two umpires. He was quickly ejected by Davidson.

Managers aren't allowed to argue replay rulings.

"We felt it was clear that the replay was inconclusive," Farrell said. "Any angle that we looked at, you couldn't tell if the foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli's leg."

Major League Baseball acknowledged it made the wrong call on a replay challenge that went against the Red Sox during New York's 7-4 victory Saturday.

"Where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow," Farrell said. "On the heels of yesterday, it's hard to have any faith in the system."

Suzuki entered to run for Cervelli, who was filling in at first base for injured Mark Teixeira. When the Yankees took the field in the fifth, Suzuki was in right field, and Beltran moved from right field to first base -- with Cervelli's mitt.

"Thank God nobody hit the baseball to me," said Beltran, who made three putouts.

It was the first time Beltran had played any infield position in his 16-year career. Jeter was getting a rest and oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts was sidelined with a sore back, preventing Girardi from shuffling his infielders after Cervelli went down.

"I didn't have a whole lot of choices tonight," Girardi said. "Just tells you the type of player he is. ... Willing to do anything you ask him to do. Very, very unselfish."

David Phelps struck out pinch-hitter Mike Carp with the bases loaded to end the eighth, pumping his fist as he bounced off the mound. Shawn Kelley struck out two in a perfect ninth for his third save.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a sliding catch in left-center to end it.

Nova (2-1) received a warm ovation after giving up two runs and eight hits with no walks in 7 1/3 innings. He was tagged by Baltimore for seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings during a 14-5 loss in his previous outing.

"I thought he had better command of his curveball tonight, which was a huge difference," Girardi said.

Jonathan Herrera started in Pedroia's place and had an RBI single to go with a sensational defensive play.

Fans in the crowd of 46,081 chanted Jeter's name when Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte came up limping in the sixth. Solarte stayed in the game.

Jeter was out of the lineup for the second straight day after feeling tightness in his right quadriceps Friday night. Girardi said he could have played Jeter, but wanted to give him three days off in a row -- the Yankees have a day off Monday.

Notes

Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (strained right hamstring) ran the bases again and, like Pedroia, was headed to Boston for a checkup on Monday. If that turns out OK, Victorino is on track to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Portland, Farrell said. ... Cervelli's injury left the Yankees with no natural backup for catcher Brian McCann, shaken up in the eighth when Phelps hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch, and the ball deflected off McCann's right index finger. McCann, who stayed in the game, said he would have X-rays, but he was OK. "I knew the situation," McCann said. "We got by with a win."

 
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Carlos Beltran (right) crosses home plate and greets Brett Gardner after his home run puts New York ahead to stay.  (USATSI)
Carlos Beltran (right) crosses home plate and greets Brett Gardner after his home run puts New York ahead to stay. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

M. Napoli
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Grady Sizemore, LF5020002 .343
Xander Bogaerts, SS4010001 .283
David Ortiz, DH4000012 .260
Mike Napoli, 1B4121011 .300
Daniel Nava, RF3000100 .140
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000010 .314
Ryan Roberts, 3B3120000 .182
   a-Mike Carp, PH-3B1000013 .231
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4010021 .273
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4011010 .211
Felix Doubront, P0000000 .000
   Chris Capuano, P0000000 .000
Totals3529217  
a-struck out for Roberts in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (2, Phelps)
HR - Mike Napoli (3, Nova)
RBI - Mike Napoli (9), Jonathan Herrera (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Herrera (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jackie Bradley Jr. 1
DP - Bradley-Roberts
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Doubront (L,1-2) 6.2733321 6.75
Chris Capuano 1.1100000 0.00
WP - Felix Doubront (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 101-58, Chris Capuano 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 8-9, Chris Capuano 3-1
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 29, Chris Capuano 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF4120000 .295
Carlos Beltran, RF-1B4132000 .311
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4010002 .362
Alfonso Soriano, DH4000013 .222
Brian McCann, C3110100 .205
Yangervis Solarte, 2B3010101 .357
Kelly Johnson, 3B3000113 .263
Francisco Cervelli, 1B2001001 .188
   Ichiro Suzuki, PR-RF1000001 .421
Dean Anna, SS3000001 .176
Ivan Nova, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   David Phelps, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
Totals3138332  
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (5, Doubront), Jacoby Ellsbury (4, Doubront), Brian McCann (1, Doubront)
HR - Carlos Beltran (3, Doubront)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (8), Francisco Cervelli (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Gardner 1
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova (W,2-1) 7.1822041 5.94
Matt Thornton (H,4) 0.1000000 0.00
David Phelps (H,2) 0.1100110 5.68
Shawn Kelley (S,3) 1000020 2.84
HBP - Pierzynski (by David Phelps)
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 97-67, Matt Thornton 4-3, David Phelps 21-12, Shawn Kelley 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 9-8
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 29, Matt Thornton 1, David Phelps 4, Shawn Kelley 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46081
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - John Tumpane