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New York Yankees Take One Game Lead in the AL East with Win Over Boston Red Sox and Baltimore’s Loss

October 1st, 2012 at 10:24 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees had one of those statement innings in their 10-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the last Yankee Stadium home stand of the regular season.

Coupled with the Baltimore Orioles loss to Tampa Bay the Bombers take over first place by one game in the AL East with their magic number down to two games for the AL East title.

'Robinson Cano' photo (c) 2009, Tom Thai - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

New York exploded on Boston's starter Clay Buchholz in the second inning for nine runs with nine hits and four home runs. Robinson Cano started the barrage with his 31st home run of the season off the window of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar in dead center field, Curtis Granderson (a two run shot) and Russell Martin (a solo shot) would go back-to-back making it 4-0. The bases would then be loaded by consecutive walks to Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter and a single by Ichiro Suzuki. Alex Rodriguez would get his first RBI in 11 games with a sacrifice fly and Cano would get a double clearing the bases to extend the Yankees' lead to 7-0. The home run and double would mark Cano's seventh consecutive multi hit game. Mark Teixeira in his first game in 30 days would hit a two run home run to complete the scoring at 9-0.

Cano is on fire going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and over his last 10 games has gone 18 for his last 43 for a .419 average.

The Yankees would tack on one more run in the eighth with a single by rookie Melky Mesa for his first major league hit and RBI.

Boston would get their two runs on a solo home run by Daniel Nava in the sixth and a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh.

Buchholz allowed a career high eight earned runs in the second and went only 1 2/3 innings giving up eight runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Yankees' starter CC Sabathia would have his third consecutive stellar performance and threw 103 pitches over eight innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven with one walk. Sabathia had all three pitches working including an excellent change-up.

Brett Gardner made his hitting debut since coming off the DL pinch hitting for Suzuki in the eighth. Gardner would ground out to second, but the idea that he was able to get an at bat will help manager Joe Girardi in his evaluation of Brett to see if he could be put on the post season roster and contribute as a complete player.

Girardi emptied his bench to rest Teixeira, Jeter, Rodriguez, Suzuki and Martin for the final couple of innings.

Freddy Garcia would throw a one-two-three ninth to end the game.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Robinson Cano

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