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The 26-year old threw 23 pitches to complete one inning while allowing no hits, no earned runs and no walks. Returning after 2011 Tommy John surgery and a fluke dislocated right ankle this summer, Chamberlain reached 97 MPH on the radar gun and struck out two batters. He did allow an unearned run.
"Just to feel comfortable and just to be in a game, I mean, really was the biggest thing," the 26-year-old told Newsday after his appearance. "So I was very pleased."
The Bronx Bombers knocked around Boston starting pitcher Jon Lester, who gave up five runs (four earned) in just 4 1/3 innings on nine hits and two walks. From there, the Yankees relied on the own starter to take them home, which he most certainly did.
New York received a terrific outing from winning pitcher Ivan Nova (10-3), who only allowed two runs in six solid innings of work. Nova also kept the Red Sox off balance , striking out 10 while looking dominant at times.
The Yankees got multi-hit nights from Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones. Jones continued his torrid hitting as of late with a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him 11 on the campaign.
The Yankees head off to a short vacation comfortably ahead in the AL East with a seven-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles.
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What a better way to cap off a solid first half of the 2012 MLB season then to knock off a long-time rival in a four-game set in its home park. That's exactly what the New York Yankees will get a chance to do Sunday night, when they face the Boston Red Sox in the finale of the series at Fenway Park (8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Sophomore pitcher Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees, who took Game 1 on Friday and the first contest of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Nova will oppose Boston's Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33 ERA), who will try and help his team enter the All-Star break on the plus side of the .500 mark.
A victory for the Red Sox would also help them not lose anymore ground to first-place New York, which now is 8.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East Division standings.
It was the second game of a doubleheader for the Yankees, who beat Boston earlier in the day 6-1.
New York jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a homer by DH Mark Teixeira (his 15th of the season) that scored shortstop Derek Jeter and center fielder Curtis Granderson.
Boston responded in the bottom of the third, when third baseman Mauro Gomez scored despite the Yankees turning a double play off left fielder Daniel Nava. The Red Sox added another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Nick Punto that brought in Pedro Ciriaco, but didn't take the lead until an inning later, when Ciriaco hit an RBI double that scored three. The offensive onslaught continued in the seventh, when the Red Sox tacked on four more runs.
The Yankees hit two more homers as the game progressed, and both were solo shots. The first came courtesy of outfielder Andruw Jones, who belted his tenth of the season in the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, Eric Chavez made the score 9-5 with a home run of his own.
Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes was given the loss after allowing ten hits and five runs (three earned) over 5.1 innings of work. Reliever Boone Logan allowed a run, and Cory Wade allowed three more (one earned).
The loss drops the Yankees to 51-33 (26-17 away), while the Red Sox improve to 43-42 on the season. The fourth and final game of the series will take place on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Russell Martin returns to the lineup while Alex Rodriguez sits for the second half of Saturday's doubleheader between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in the Yankees' 6-1 win in the afternoon. Martin is looking to bust out of an 0-for-30 slump.
On the mound, Phil Hughes will take on Felix Doubront of the Red Sox. Hughes went eight innings in his last outing, giving up just two earned runs and striking out eight in a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on July 1.
New York Yankees (51-32)
Starting pitcher: Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29 ERA)
Boston Red Sox (42-42)
Starting pitcher: Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42 ERA)
The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Fenway Park. Andruw Jones hit two home runs, and the Yankees hit four total off of Franklin Morales (1-2, 3.50 ERA) before the Red Sox starter left the mound after just 3 1/3 innings.
Nick Swisher put the Yankees on the board with a three-run homer with two outs in the first inning. Jones hit a solo shot on his next at-bat, giving New York a quick 4-0 lead.
The Yankees hit back-to-back homers again in the fourth inning. Jones took Morales deep to left field to lead off the inning. Jayson Nix followed up Jones with another home run to left.
Swisher's home run was his 13th of the season. Jones hit his eighth and ninth and Nix hit his third.
Freddy Garcia (3-2, 5.23 ERA)) started and went 6 2/3 innings for the Yankees, striking out five. He gave up six hits and two walks, and just one earned run. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez single to score David Ortiz.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday at Fenway Park. The first game begins at 12:35 p.m. ET and can be viewed on the YES Network, with the second scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Fox.
New York won a slugfest Friday night in the series opener, 10-8. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run triple off Vicente Padilla in the seventh inning that put New York ahead for good after both starters -- Josh Beckett and Hiroki Kuroda -- surrendered six runs over the first two innings.
|Fri 07/06|| WP: Boone Logan (4 - 0)
SV: Rafael Soriano
LP: Andrew Miller (2 - 1)
|10 - 8 win|
|Sat 07/07||7:15 PM EDT|
|Sun 07/08||8:05 PM EDT|
The Yankees got to Josh Beckett early, loading the bases in the first after Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson reached on singles and Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Robinson Cano walked to score a run, Mark Teixeira singled to knock in two runs, and Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez picked up an RBI each with sacrifice flies. That left it 5-0 after the top of the first, but the Red Sox answered right back with five runs of their own, making it 5-5 after one. Both teams added another run in the second, and Boston added another in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead.
The seventh inning would prove to be decisive. Boston used three pitchers, but that wasn't enough to stop the Yankees from scoring four runs. Teixeira picked up two more RBI on a triple, Raul Ibanez scored him with a double, and Chavez scored Ibanez with a single. That proved to be all it took, as all Boston would get in the remaining innings was a solo home run from Cody Ross. Boone Logan gets the win for New York, improving to 4-0. Rafael Soriano got the final four outs to earn his 20th save.
The Yankees improve to 50-32 with the win. The teams play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday..