New night, same story: Red Sox survive late Yankee rally, take finale 3-2 in 10

The Sox managed to hang on to their two run lead for most of the game thanks to a stellar performance from Felix Dubront–final line: 6.1 innings, four hits, one run, five walks, eight k’s. The youngster had good command for most of the night, and managed to tame the Yankee offense whenever they put any runners on; this, of course, may also be related to the Yankees’ recent struggles at the plate, though I tend to give credit to pitchers in these circumstances.

Hiroki Kuroda matched Dubront pitch for pitch after the second inning: the veteran’s fastball was touching 94-95 MPH, while his slider was sharp, and his two-seamer was diving down. In fact, he should have probably only conceded one run in the second inning, as Andruw Jones–showing off all the reasons that the bombers desperately need Brett Gardner (or at least Ichiro!) in left–took a terrible route to Sweeney’s line drive. The ball bounced past Jones, who adjusted too late, and on to the wall, allowing Saltalamacchia to score from first; you have to imagine that Gardner–and Suzuki–would have been able to cut the ball off and hold the Boston catcher at third.…

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The Farm Report: 7/29/12 – Joba’s rehab continues in Trenton

Trenton beat Harrisburg 3-2:
The Senators scored first, as Justin Bloxom singled to start the second.  Tim Pahuta doubled to right and Bloxon scored on a groundout by Sean Nicol.  Harrisburg doubled their lead with a run in the top of the third and held the 2-0 lead through the seventh.  The Thunder finally rallied in the bottom of the eighth.  JR Murphy lined a double to center and Rob Segedin drew a walk.  A single by Walter Ibarra loaded the bases and Murphy scored on a wild pitch.  A single by Jose Pirela plated Segedin and Ibarra and Trenton took the lead.  A 1-2-3 inning by Mark Montgomery gave the Thunder the 3-2 victory.

Pirela went 2-4 with two RBIs.  Melky Mesa went 1-3, as did Murphy who had a run scored and a double.  Mesa had a stolen base.  Ibarra went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk.  Shaeffer Hall went 6.2 and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and two Ks.  …

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Game Thread: Sunday July 29th, Red Sox vs. Yankees

The Yankees fought their way out of a 6 – 1 deficit Saturday night only to see victory slip away after Curtis Granderson misread a fly ball in the top of the ninth inning. It was a disappointing ending to what at one point seemed like a vintage Yankee come back in the...

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Sunday Links: Cano $, Liriano, Joba, Montero, IPK

You'd be smiling, too

-You might have missed it since the trade came down late last night, but Francisco Liriano was traded in division to the Chicago White Sox. According to BPs Kevin Goldstien, the two players the Twins received in return are an...

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Centerfielder Factor

Exactly one year ago today, the Boston Red Sox sat atop the mighty AL East with the best record in the American League. New York was not doing too shabby in their own right, sitting just 2.5 games back from the Red Sox, and 19 games over .500. One of the main catalysts for both teams was the tremendous play of their centerfielders. This of course led to a major debate over not only which team was better, but which team had the better centerfielder. In a way, the discussions were a bit reminiscent of the 1950s in New York where there were three great centerfielders. I am of course referring to the days of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider. Now I am well-aware that the Yankees and Red Sox do not reside in the same city, but the proximity is close and the rivalry has reached a boiling point over the past decade.

Curtis Granderson was batting .277 to go with 21 home runs and 56 RBIs on this date last season.…

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