Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recap: Red Sox 10, Yankees 6

Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the spring and Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran logged a couple of RBI singles Wednesday as the Yankees dropped their second straight to the Red Sox, 10-6, in a slugfest at Steinbrenner Field.

A-Rod Returns to His Old Ways: Facing Red Sox right-hander Branden Workman with the Yankees trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Rodriguez crushed a solo shot over the left-center field wall -- bringing his exhibition batting average up to an impressive .455. It was the infielder's only hit in two at-bats on the day, and was accompanied by an easy defensive putout in the second.

Ellsbury and Beltran Headline Early Rally: The Yankees didn't lead much in this one, but when they were ahead briefly in their half of the third, they largely had Ellsbury and Beltran to thank for it. Down 1-0 with Joe Kelly on the mound, the veteran outfielders connected on a pair of clutch two-out run-scoring singles -- the first RBIs of the month for both. 

Pitching Struggles: The Yankees' pitching staff -- with the exception of a Travis Shaw homer off Andrew Miller in the third -- performed solidly for a good portion of the afternoon, but began to struggle once Boston's bats came up in the fourth. Indeed, the Red Sox hitters managed to plate four off Yankees youngster Bryan Mitchell in that frame -- adding two more earned runs off bullpen candidate Chris Martin later in the eighth.

Capuano Injured: Yankees starter Chris Capuano recorded the first two outs of the first pretty routinely, but left the game with an apparent leg injury after inducing a Brock Holt grounder. The severity of the wound is not yet known, but popular opinion right now seems to be Capuano will miss some notable time. 

Betances Dominates Top of the Second: This contest certainly wasn't a perfect one for the Yankees, but that still shouldn't overshadow that Dellin Betances looked good again. In his second outing in the last week, Betances retired three consecutive Red Sox hitters with two swinging strikeouts -- one of which came against major-leaguer Daniel Nava.

Next Up: Masahiro Tanaka will make his long-anticipated 2015 debut Thursday when the Yankees host the Braves in their first night game of the year -- beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET. Tanaka is set to throw roughly two innings when the Yankees go head-to-head with Atlanta's Shelby Miller -- a former Cardinal who they already beat last May. 

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