Welcome to the rivalry: Paxton Ks 12, Yanks rout Red Sox 8-0

NEW YORK (AP) James Paxton and Chris Sale came out firing in this year's first edition of baseball's biggest rivalry.

Paxton pumping 99 mph, and Sale nearing 98.

Only one of those hard-throwing lefties got results to match.

Paxton struck out 12 in his first pinstriped clash with Boston, Sale found his fastball but still got smacked around, and the New York Yankees three-hit the Red Sox 8-0 on Tuesday night in the first game this season between the struggling AL East foes.

Paxton (2-2) pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, walking one and going to just two three-ball counts in a swift game that took only 2 hours, 23 minutes.

''I felt like I was searching before this,'' Paxton said. ''I felt like I really found something tonight.''

Mike Tauchman hit his first major league homer and drove in four runs, and Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres also went deep for the Yankees. New York had dropped five of six and is 7-9 a year after winning 100 games.

Sale (0-4) reached 97.5 mph - a positive sign for Boston after his velocity sagged this spring - but still allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked one while the World Series champions dropped to 6-12.

''I stink right now,'' Sale said. ''I don't know what it is.''

The longtime rivals hadn't played with both teams below .500 this deep into a season since 1992.

Acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade, Paxton adjusted well after Yankees special adviser Carlos Beltran informed the left-hander he was tipping pitches during a lousy start last week in Houston. Yankees manager Aaron Boone also said before the game he thought Paxton's stuff had dulled a bit since spring training.

Between starts, Paxton watched some old film of himself and tweaked his mechanics to match. It all clicked Tuesday. He drilled away with upper 90s fastballs, striking out four of his first six batters and six straight later.

''When I'm throwing that fastball like that, everything plays off of it,'' Paxton said.

He saluted the cheering crowd after retiring AL MVP Mookie Betts to end his night.

''I think it's a little bit different than anywhere else, being in Yankee Stadium and getting that ovation,'' Paxton said.

Boston's starters entered with a 7.18 ERA, worst in the majors, leading the club to bring up touted game-caller Sandy Leon from Triple-A and put him at catcher. Blake Swihart was designated for assignment.

Sale responded with some extra juice, just not enough. He entered with a 1.61 ERA in 17 games against the Yankees, best by any pitcher against New York since 1920, with a minimum of 75 innings.

''Throwing was better but still need to pitch better,'' Sale said. ''Got to get results.''

Frazier homered off the top of the right field wall to open the fourth. Betts nearly got a glove on it, but he came up short and got up slowly after slamming into the fence. He was still favoring his right wrist a couple of batters later but remained in the game. He said after that he was fine.

Tauchman doubled in a run later that inning, then hit a three-run drive in the sixth. The backup outfielder raised his batting average to .200 since being acquired at the end of spring training from the Rockies.

''As the new guy, you always want to help the team and do whatever you can,'' Tauchman said. ''It's great to contribute to a really quality win.''

Xander Bogaerts doubled in the fourth for Boston's first hit. The ball carried just over jumping right fielder Aaron Judge, bounced off the top of the wall and skipped back into play. Red Sox manager Alex Cora asked for a replay review, which upheld the two-base hit, putting runners at second and third.

The only other hit off Paxton was Jackie Bradley Jr.'s double in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi was held out of the lineup with a bruised right foot. He fouled a ball off it Sunday. ... Bradley was back in the lineup after sitting out Monday with the flu. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia got a night off, which should be a regular occurrence this season in his return from a knee injury. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez was called up from Triple-A and allowed Tauchman's homer.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game, giving New York a dozen players on the shelf less than three weeks into the season. The oft-injured Bird is expected to miss at least a month. ... CF Aaron Hicks (left lower back strain) ran and threw on the field and said he feels good. He's still working his way up to a minor league rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 8.40 ERA) faces Yankees LHP J.A. Happ (0-2, 8.76) in a matchup of impact 2018 trade acquisitions who are struggling this season.

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  • W: J. Paxton (2-2)L: C. Sale (0-4)
  • HR: NYY - C. Frazier (4), G. Torres (4), M. Tauchman (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF30000111.212.321.394.7140.5
X. Bogaerts SS40100000.300.394.500.8942.0
J. Martinez LF40100012.338.408.544.9520.5
S. Pearce DH40000023.100.143.100.243-1.0
M. Moreland 1B40000033.236.300.600.900-1.5
E. Nunez 2B30000020.171.190.195.386-1.0
R. Devers 3B20000010.246.343.295.6380.5
S. Leon C30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Bradley CF30100001.160.204.200.4042.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B51110021.377.433.472.9052.0
    A. Judge RF40200110.293.425.517.9424.5
    L. Voit 1B40110012.207.324.431.7551.5
    G. Torres SS41111023.290.343.548.8925.0
    C. Frazier DH41111001.293.311.585.8966.0
    G. Urshela 3B41100000.300.417.450.8673.0
    B. Gardner CF22100100.200.304.400.7046.0
    A. Romine C31100002.238.238.381.6192.0
    M. Tauchman LF41241011.200.273.500.77310.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (6), J. Bradley (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts (6), M. Moreland 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Urshela (3), B. Gardner (3), M. Tauchman (3)
      • HR - G. Torres (4), C. Frazier (4), M. Tauchman
      • SH - A. Romine
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (8), L. Voit (15), G. Torres (6), C. Frazier (11), M. Tauchman 4 (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (6), L. Voit (4), M. Tauchman
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu (3), G. Torres (6), C. Frazier (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Judge (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Leon
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 0-4)5.07441618.501.561.0
      E. Ramirez3.044411212.001.670.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 0-4)5.0
      E. Ramirez3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 2-2)8.020011203.911.2637.0
      J. Harvey1.01000000.001.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 2-2)8.0
      J. Harvey1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-64, E. Ramirez 41-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 7-4, E. Ramirez 6-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 23, E. Ramirez 15
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 110-78, J. Harvey 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-5, J. Harvey 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 28, J. Harvey 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Betts RF30000111.212.321.394.7140.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40100000.300.394.500.8942.0
      J. Martinez LF40100012.338.408.544.9520.5
      S. Pearce DH40000023.100.143.100.243-1.0
      M. Moreland 1B40000033.236.300.600.900-1.5
      E. Nunez 2B30000020.171.190.195.386-1.0
      R. Devers 3B20000010.246.343.295.6380.5
      S. Leon C30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
      J. Bradley CF30100001.160.204.200.4042.0
      Total30030011211-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 2B51110021.377.433.472.9052.0
        A. Judge RF40200110.293.425.517.9424.5
        L. Voit 1B40110012.207.324.431.7551.5
        G. Torres SS41111023.290.343.548.8925.0
        C. Frazier DH41111001.293.311.585.8966.0
        G. Urshela 3B41100000.300.417.450.8673.0
        B. Gardner CF22100100.200.304.400.7046.0
        A. Romine C31100002.238.238.381.6192.0
        M. Tauchman LF41241011.200.273.500.77310.5
        Total34811832710-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (6), J. Bradley (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts (6), M. Moreland 2 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Urshela (3), B. Gardner (3), M. Tauchman (3)
          • HR - G. Torres (4), C. Frazier (4), M. Tauchman
          • SH - A. Romine
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu (8), L. Voit (15), G. Torres (6), C. Frazier (11), M. Tauchman 4 (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (6), L. Voit (4), M. Tauchman
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu (3), G. Torres (6), C. Frazier (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Judge (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Leon
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (L, 0-4)5.07441618.501.561.0
          E. Ramirez3.044411212.001.670.5
          Total8.01188273---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (L, 0-4)5.0
          E. Ramirez3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 2-2)8.020011203.911.2637.0
          J. Harvey1.01000000.001.002.0
          Total9.03001120---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 2-2)8.0
          J. Harvey1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 93-64, E. Ramirez 41-23
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 7-4, E. Ramirez 6-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 23, E. Ramirez 15
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 110-78, J. Harvey 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-5, J. Harvey 2-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 28, J. Harvey 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Torres homered to right center08
          • 6TH INNING
            Tauchman homered to right, Urshela and Gardner scored07
          • 4TH INNING
            Tauchman doubled to deep right, Romine scored, Tauchman to third04
            Frazier homered to right center03
          • 3RD INNING
            Voit singled to center, LeMahieu scored, Judge to second02
            LeMahieu singled to right, Gardner scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joe Harvey relieved James Paxton
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • S. Pearce: Pearce flied out to left
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Bradley doubled to left
            • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tauchman popped out to shortstop
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Torres homered to right center
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela popped out to shortstop
            • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Ball, Gardner hit by pitch
            • A. Romine: Romine grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Erasmo Ramirez relieved Chris Sale
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela doubled to shallow left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Romine: Foul, Romine hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Urshela to third, Gardner to second
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Tauchman homered to right, Urshela and Gardner scored
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Judge singled to deep right
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Voit grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Judge out at second
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Devers hit by pitch
            • S. Leon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Judge singled to shallow left
            • L. Voit: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge to third on catcher Leon throwing error
            • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres lined out to left
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep right, Betts to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to right
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Foul, Pearce lined out to right
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier homered to right center
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to third
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner flied out to center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine singled to center
            • M. Tauchman: Foul, Ball, Tauchman doubled to deep right, Romine scored, Tauchman to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Devers grounded out to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon lined out to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner doubled to right
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine flied out to center, Gardner to third
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu singled to right, Gardner scored
            • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked, LeMahieu to second
            • L. Voit: Foul, Voit singled to center, LeMahieu scored, Judge to second
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts lined out to left
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge flied out to deep center
            • L. Voit: Voit lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)