Dustin Pedroia (15) of the Boston Red Sox rounds third base on his way to score after Alex Rodriguez (13) of the New York Yankees made an error letting the ball roll through his legs off of a Kevin Youkilis hit during the seventh inning of their game on May 15, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Red Sox 7, Yankees 5: Slide Continues For New York

The New York Yankees' 2011 season hit a low point Sunday night. The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 7-5, getting swept by their arch-rivals in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The loss was New York's fifth straight and ninth in 12 games.

The Yankees are 20-18, two games behind division leading Tampa Bay in the American League East. The Yankees begin a two-game series in Tampa Bay Monday night. To make matters worse, the sweep allowed Boston (20-20) to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season.

The Yankees held a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Kevin Youkilis' three-run homer off Freddy Garcia tied the game in the third inning. David Ortiz hit a broken-bat home run off Garcia in the fifth inning to give Boston a 5-4 lead.

Alex Rodriguez's error in the top of the seventh inning allowed the eventual game-winning run to score. A-Rod had a slow roller go right through his legs.

Jon Lester (5-1) gave up four runs on five hits in a six-inning start for Boston, which is .500 (20-20) for the first time this season. Lester struck out seven and walked four.

Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer and scored twice for New York, which has lost a season-high five consecutive games. Andruw Jones hit a solo homer.

Freddy Garcia (2-3) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over 5 1/3 frames to take the loss.

Jorge Posada apologized to Yankees manager Joe Girardi for asking out of the lineup prior to Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

After being dropped to ninth in the order, Posada was a late scratch for the game, touching off a bizarre string of events before, during and after the game that included his wife defending him on the social networking site Twitter.

Posada was not in the lineup for Sunday night's game, but was cheered when he came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He walked.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report


Red Sox Vs. Yankees, Game 3: Jorge Posada Not In Lineup

Jorge Posada will not be in the most eagerly anticipated lineup of the season Sunday night when the New York Yankees face the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of their weekend series at Yankee Stadium. Reporters got access to the lineup around 4:30 p.m., and Posada's name is not in it. Andruw Jones is the designated hitter, batting seventh.

Posada, the Yankees' designated hitter, caused a huge stir Saturday night when he removed himself from the lineup about an hour before the game. Batting just .165, the 17-year veteran had been dropped to ninth in the order by Manager Joe Girardi. Did he just need to 'clear his head?' Was he insulted by the move? Did his back really hurt, as his wife claimed on Twitter and he later claimed during a post-game interview. No one knows for sure.

Here is the complete lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

The Posada saga is likely far from over. It will be interesting to hear Manager Joe Girardi's reason for leaving Posada on the bench, though he is likely to reference Posada's 0-for-24 thus far in 2011 against left-hander pitchers. Boston is pitching lefty ace Jon Lester Sunday night.

Bringing a graceful end to the career of proud, fading veterans is never easy. In Posada's case, it now seems impossible.


Jorge Posada Claiming Back Kept Him Out Of Lineup

A clearly testy New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said several times during his post-game press conference Saturday night that slumping designated hitter Jorge Posada did not play because he “needed a day” to clear his head.

Posada also told reporters he needed a day, but added that his back stiffened after taking too many pre-game ground balls at first base and he felt he could not play.

Posada said he has no intention of retiring, and denied that he asked out of the lineup because he was angry about being placed last in the Yankees’ revised batting order. Posada told reporters several times that he had made his feelings clear about that prior to the game, and that he blamed himself for not hitting well.

There appears, however, to be a huge divide between Posada and Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman. After the game, Posada appeared clearly annoyed that Cashman had spoken to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal on-air during the game, and told him that Posada’s absence from the lineup was not injury related.

Cashman was critical of Posada after the game.

“It’s disappointing. Jorgie knew what I was going to say, as did his agents.”

Whatever the truth is here, I have to agree with the thought process expressed by some media members that the only thing that will keep Posada in pinstripes is if he starts to hit — and soon. This episode could well hasten his exit.


Red Sox 6, Yankees 0: Four Straight Losses For New York

The New York Yankees went quietly, at least on the field, against the Boston Red Sox Saturday night. New York lost, 6-0, their fourth straight loss and eighth in 11 games.

A three-run seventh-inning home run by Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez off CC Sabathia broke the game open.

Most of the action for the Yankees happened off the field, and involved designated hitter Jorge Posada. Dropped to ninth in the lineup due to his .165 batting average Posada removed himself from the lineup approximately an hour before game time.

That, of course, led to great speculation. Would Posada retire? Was he insulted and refusing to play? Was his back bothering him? Posada was scheduled to hold a post-game press conference to explain the situation.

Manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the seventh inning, another sign of the problems the Yankees had Saturday.

The big story, though, will be what Posada has to say during his post-game meeting with the media.

Final - 5.14.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 6 11 0
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: Josh Beckett (3 - 1)
LP: CC Sabathia (3 - 3)

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Breaking News: Jorge Posada Removes Himself From Lineup, Will He Retire?

Is Jorge Posada about to announce his retirement? The veteran New York Yankee was in the original lineup tonight, batting ninth as the designated hitter. He was a late scratch, however.

Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman told FOX’s Ken Rosenthal that Posada removed himself from the lineup and has requested the opportunity to speak to the media following the conclusion of tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Cashman refused to divulge what Posada would discuss. Posada is on the Yankee bench.

Posada, 39, is in his 17th big-league season. He is hitting just .165 this season with six home runs and 15 RBI. This is Posada’s first season as the Yankees’ designated hitter, having been replaced as catcher by Russell Martin, signed in the offseason as a free agent.

Posada has a .273 career batting average with 267 home runs and 1036 RBI. He has been an All-Star five times and a key member of four Yankee World Series winning teams.


Yankees Vs. Red Sox, Game 2: Girardi Shuffles Yankee Lineup

As we discussed earlier today, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi has shuffled his lineup for Saturday night’s game against Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox. The changes, though, aren’t as dramatic as the ones I advocated earlier.

The top five hitters in the Yankee lineup remain the same, but Girardi did move the chess pieces at the bottom of the lineup. As we speculated, Girardi pushed designated hitter Jorge Posada and his .165 batting average to the nine spot in the batting order. Struggling Nick Swisher, hitting just .221, was dropped to eighth.

Russell Martin and Brett Gardner were moved up to sixth and seventh, respectively, from the eighth and ninth spots in the lineup.

The complete batting order is shown below:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH


Red Sox 5, Yankees 4: Bullpen, Bats Let Yankees Down

The New York Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox Friday night at Yankee Stadium was like a microcosm of the Yankees' recent struggles. Most of the issues experienced by the Yankees as they have lost seven of their last 10 games were on display.

  • Inability to get a key base hit. Check. See the 13 runners left on base. The inability to get Brett Gardner home from second base with one out in the fifth inning. Watching Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada fail to get Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano home from third and second in the eighth inning. Watching Mark Teixeira pop up against Jonathan Papelbon with the tying run, Curtis Granderson, on base.
  • Exasperating bullpen work. Check. Joba Chamberlain entered a tie game with a runner on base in the seventh inning. By the time the inning was over the score was 5-2 Boston, the big blow being a two-run Kevin Youkilis home run.
  • Great, but wasted, starting pitching. Check. Bartolo Colon went 6+ terrific innings. He took the loss, but this game was not his fault. He was terrific.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Yankee catcher Russell Martin tied the game in the fifth inning with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season. In the seventh inning Boston scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez, who had homered for Boston's first run, and Youkilis' two-run homer.

The Yankees got a run in the eighth inning when Granderson scored on a wild pitch by Boston reliever Daniel Bard, but left the tying runs in scoring position as Swisher struck out and Posada grounded out. Consecutive two-out hits in the ninth inning by Derek Jeter and Granderson pulled the Yankees within 5-4, but Teixeira popped out to end the game.

Boston has now won three of the four meetings between the two teams thus far in 2011.

Final - 5.13.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 5 9 1
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 4 8 0
WP: Clay Buchholz (4 - 3)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (6)
LP: Bartolo Colon (2 - 2)

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