Tagged: Josh Beckett

CC Out Duels Beckett, Earns Series Win

Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston. 


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Why do we even try to predict baseball? Anyone you ask would have said that todays game would finish, 1-0 or 2-1. Nope, it finished 8-4, not to mention the five home runs the Yankees hit of Josh Beckett. Don’t you find it interesting how the Yankees can’t hit Luke French, but have no problem hitting Josh Beckett? Pretty odd.
It didn’t take long to see what kind of game it was going to be. Jeter led off the game with a home run to right center on the first pitch of the game. Matsui led off the second with a homer. An RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI ground out by A-Rod, gave the Yanks two more in the third. Cano hit a shot in the fourth, and A-Rod hit a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Yanks their seventh run. Then, what a surprise, Matsui went yard (again) in the eighth to cap off the Yanks eight run, five homer outburst. 
The Red Sox scored on RBI’s by Baldelli and Varitek in the second, a run scored on a Robbie Cano error in the fourth, and a sac fly by Baldelli in the sixth. 
Lets talk about the Yankee defense today, it was terrible! Countless pop-ups were dropped, players were huddled up watching fly balls hit the ground, it was atrocious. This entire series has been very sloppy for both teams. If you hurry up, I bet you can get a job playing some defense for the Yanks. 
Beckett threw 120 pitches and gave up eight runs in eight innings pitched. He has now given up eight home runs in his last two starts. Lots of eights. 
CC, on the other hand, was pretty good. He gave up four runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight batters. Good job by the Red Sox taking pitches and fouling off some tough pitches. 
Hughes pitched a scoreless inning and a third, and Mariano nailed it down with a scoreless ninth. No save, but I’ll take it. 
Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
The Wrap-Up:
Keep winning series, that’s what it’s all about. The Yankees are now 7.5 games ahead of Boston, and I think that Red Sox will finally tell you that the Wild Card is their goal. The Yanks are looking good, that’s all there is to it, all you can ask for now is that they don’t pull a 2008 Mets. 
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks are off tomorrow before starting a six game home stand beginning with Texas. The Red Sox open up a set against the White Sox in Fenway. 
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8/23 Line-Ups

Yankees (77-46):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Beckett
Jeter SS .331 .298, 14 for 47
Damon LF .284 .273, 12 for 44
Teixeira 1B .288 .125, 2 for 16
Rodriguez 3B .264 .282, HR
Matsui DH .263 .261, 3B
Swisher RF .251 .294, 5 for 17
Cano 2B .314 .341, 14 for 41
Cabrera CF .270 .333, 12 for 36
Molina C .250 .154, 4 SO
Sabathia P


Red Sox (70-52):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Sabathia
Ellsbury CF .297 .333, 1 for 3
Pedroia 2B .300 0 for 9, 3 SO, BB
Martinez 1B .292 .167, 1 for 6
Youkilis 3B .308 .333, 4 for 12
Bay LF .257 0 for 6
Lowell DH .301 .154, 5 SO
Baldelli RF .263 .227, 5 for 22
Varitek C .222 .077, 3 SO
Gonzalez SS .210 0 for 6, 2 SO
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8/23 Yankees vs. Red Sox Preview

Each team looks to restore some order in series and salvage final game, win series.


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Yankees @ Red Sox
8:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(14-7) 3.58 ERA 178.2 IP 140 SO 1.125 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ OAK: W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 4 GS (1-2) 3.00 ERA 1.233 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Career): 9 GS (3-5) 3.57 ERA 1.127 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Season): 2 GS (1-1) 2.45 ERA 0.818 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 15-11
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.55 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Red Sox):
Most PA: David Ortiz (25)
Best BA: Kevin Youkilis (.333, 4 for 12), Jacoby Ellsbury (.333, 1 for 3)
Most H: David Ortiz (7)
Most HR: David Ortiz (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 7 Stats: (6-1) 2.86 ERA 50.1 IP 45 SO 

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Red Sox Probable Pitcher:

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Josh Beckett
#19 RHP
(14-4) 3.38 ERA 162.1 IP 149 SO 1.133 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ TOR: ND, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 57 GS (29-16) 4.33 ERA 1.204 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Career): 16 GS (9-4) 5.03 ERA 1.464 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 4 GS (2-0) 4.12 ERA 1.417 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 18-6
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.51 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (50)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (.341, 14 for 41)
Most H: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter (14)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon (2)
Notable Stats:
3rd PA in G: .291 BA, .350 OBP, .419 SLG
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