“Now, the real season begins…”
After the game, while speaking with Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network, Captain Derek Jeter expressed that sentiment after tonight’s 14-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox.
The game started off similarly to last night’s game with the Red Sox scoring first. This time, they scored one run off Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning.
The Yankees went down in order against Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning but after that they pounced on weak Red Sox pitching all night.
Curtis Granderson hit the first of his two home runs, in the second inning – a three run shot that put the Yankees up 3-1. he lead off the seventh inning with a solo shot, his 43rd of the season.
Robinson Cano hit the first of his two home runs, in the third inning – a two-run shot to put the Yankees up 5-1. He hit his second home run in the fifth inning – another two-run shot that put the Yankees up 7-1.
Cano added a two-run single in the sixth inning which put the Yankees up 9-1. He finished the night 4-4 with six RBI and one walk.
After the Red Sox scored a run in the top of the seventh, pulling them to within seven (I typed this with a smile on my face), the Yankees exploded for five runs in their half of the inning.
The Yankees were up 14-2 but they had already clinched the Division thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-1.
Kuroda allowed two runs through seven innings and earned his 16th win of the season. Kuroda and Phil Hughes both finished with 16 wins. It was just the third time since 1976 that two right handed starters have won that many games – Roger Clemens and Mike Mussina did it twice (2001 and 2003).
Thanks to those four home runs by Cano and Granderson, the Yankees set a franchise record with 245 home runs – they had 244 in 2009.
So now, the Yankees will rest until Sunday when they meet the winner of Friday’s wild card game between the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers.
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