New York at Boston

New York
W: S. Kelley (2-3) L: A. Webster (1-1) S: D. Robertson (28)
HR: NYY - M. Teixeira (19)   BOS - M. Napoli (13)

Jeter leads Yankees over Red Sox, 6-4

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) Derek Jeter has gone opposite field so many times in his career that it came as no surprise when his soft liner found Fenway Park's grass along the right-field line.

Jeter had a key two-run double, Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer and New York's bullpen worked 4 1-3 solid innings, leading the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Coming into Fenway with its Green Monster looming in left, the Yankees' star shortstop even finds himself caught up in the temptation of pulling a pitch despite a large right-field area.

''I think it's probably the complete opposite because I try to hit the wall and it screws me up for a couple of days,'' Jeter said, smiling, when asked if Fenway's right field fits his swing. ''No, I don't think it helps me. I wish it did.''

Stephen Drew, acquired from the Red Sox on Thursday, added an RBI double as the Yankees won for just the second time in six games.

Mike Napoli had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won the series opener but have dropped nine of 11.

Yoenis Cespedes, acquired from Oakland before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline for left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes, made his Red Sox debut and went 1 for 4 with a single.

Shawn Kelley (2-3) pitched 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief for the win and David Robertson got the final three outs for his 28th save. Four Yankees relievers held the Red Sox to one run.

Allen Webster (1-1) couldn't overcome his wildness and was pulled after giving up four runs and six walks in 2 2-3 innings.

''It was clear he lost command of the strike zone,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''While there's plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action, swing and miss to his changeup, the ability to make adjustments - whether pitch to pitch or hitter to hitter - was elusive.''

Trailing 3-0 in the third, the Yankees capitalized on five walks by Webster to score four runs on two hits. Jeter sliced his drive for a double, Carlos Beltran had an RBI single and Jacoby Ellsbury a run-scoring grounder.

''When you get the bases loaded with no outs without a hit, you have to take advantage of it,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Teixeira's homer cleared the Green Monster seats to make it 5-3 in the fifth. Drew doubled in the seventh.

Boston had taken a 3-0 lead on Napoli's homer and Christian Vazquez's RBI single.


Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to throw around 65 pitches Sunday in a rehab outing at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Beltran hasn't played in the field since July 5 due to a bone spur in his right elbow, and the acquisition of Prado at the deadline means he will likely stay at DH indefinitely.

Red Sox: Catcher David Ross was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Farrell said outfielder Shane Victorino, on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back, is expected to see an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles early this week. Infielder Kelly Johnson is expected to play two rehab games later this week.


Yankees: Right-hander David Phelps (5-5, 3.89 ERA) is coming off his worst start in over a month when he faces Boston in the series finale Sunday night.

Red Sox: Right-hander Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.87 ERA) looks to rebound from consecutive losses after giving up 11 runs over 11 innings.


Good friends Johnson and Drew didn't just get swapped for each other. They swapped a uniform number, locker and maybe living places, too.

''It's bizarre. After it happened we were texting each other,'' said Johnson, who now occupies Drew's old locker in Boston's clubhouse. ''I ended up going over his place, seeing his wife and kids. My family is in town. We played together in Arizona. But we might just make a clean trade, you know, places, numbers, everything.'' But Drew can't get No. 7 with New York. It's retired and was worn by Mickey Mantle.


Drew wandered off second and was walking toward the dugout when Francisco Cervelli swung and missed. Problem was: it was only the second strike. He was tagged out trying to dive back to second for the final out.

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Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
Brett Gardner, LF2100210.279.358.454
Derek Jeter, SS5122001.278.331.337
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5001012.276.341.402
Mark Teixeira, 1B5121003.236.338.462
Carlos Beltran, DH5121021.247.302.444
Chase Headley, 3B4010101.234.301.359
Stephen Drew, 2B3011212.174.260.326
Martin Prado, RF3110104.270.317.368
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000.271.322.318
Francisco Cervelli, C3110102.299.357.442
Shane Greene, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Warren, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Derek Jeter (12, Webster), Carlos Beltran (18, Wilson), Stephen Drew (7, Wilson)
HR - Mark Teixeira (19, Breslow)
SH - Brett Gardner (7)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (30), Jacoby Ellsbury (49), Mark Teixeira (51), Carlos Beltran (40), Stephen Drew (12)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (16)
PK - Stephen Drew (1, Wilson)
Team LOB - 10
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Shane Greene 4.2633251 3.68
Shawn Kelley (W,2-3) 1.1000030 3.38
Adam Warren (H,16) 0.1111100 3.33
Dellin Betances (H,16) 1.2000010 1.52
David Robertson (S,28) 1100010 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Shane Greene 96-52, Shawn Kelley 20-13, Adam Warren 15-7, Dellin Betances 21-13, David Robertson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shane Greene 4-5, Adam Warren 1-0, Dellin Betances 2-2, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Shane Greene 22, Shawn Kelley 4, Adam Warren 3, Dellin Betances 5, David Robertson 4
Boston Red Sox
Brock Holt, 3B4120100.305.354.429
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5020013.279.344.374
David Ortiz, DH3011010.251.343.496
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4110003.256.303.462
Mike Napoli, 1B3112122.269.387.448
Daniel Nava, RF3100111.251.333.319
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000011.241.309.363
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4000030.221.293.303
Christian Vazquez, C4011010.250.292.341
Allen Webster, P0000000.000.000.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Alex Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tommy Layne, P0000000.000.000.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
HR - Mike Napoli (13, Greene)
SF - David Ortiz (4)
RBI - David Ortiz (79), Mike Napoli 2 (38), Christian Vazquez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Christian Vazquez (4)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jackie Bradley Jr. 1
DP - Bradley-Napoli
E - Brock Holt (7, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Allen Webster (L,1-1) 2.2244610 6.75
Burke Badenhop 1.1100000 2.73
Craig Breslow 1211111 4.85
Alex Wilson 2.1311010 3.38
Tommy Layne 1000010 0.00
Edward Mujica 0.2200010 4.99
WP - Craig Breslow (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Allen Webster 71-39, Burke Badenhop 23-15, Craig Breslow 29-15, Alex Wilson 38-25, Tommy Layne 15-10, Edward Mujica 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Allen Webster 5-2, Burke Badenhop 4-0, Craig Breslow 1-1, Alex Wilson 4-1, Tommy Layne 1-1
Batters Faced - Allen Webster 16, Burke Badenhop 5, Craig Breslow 6, Alex Wilson 9, Tommy Layne 3, Edward Mujica 4
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Attendance - 37302
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez