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Middle of the sixth: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

05.07.10 at 9:16 pm ET
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This game has turned into a rout as Boston sports eyes turn to the Bruins.

Alex Rodriguez led off with a double (Hermida could have made a better play in left to stop the ball)

Robinson Cano was then hit on the inside of his left knee by Beckett, causing Cano to leave the game. A passed ball moved A-Rod and pinch runner Ramiro Pena to second-and-third, still with nobody out. Beckett struck out Nick Swisher (his eighth K of the night) and issued an intentional pass to Brett Gardner. With the bases loaded, Francisco Cerevelli (who entered the game with a 41-32 career hits lead on Beckett) was walked, scoring A-Rod. Randy Winn then singled, scoring Pena and giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Things got a little dicey after that, as Beckett hit Derek Jeter in the back. Joe Girardi left the dugout for a moment, but Beckett was not warned. Marcus Thames was next up (for Nick Johnson, who left the game with a sore wrist) and he reached on an infield single, as Marco Scuatro’s throw to Adrian Beltre was not in time to get Winn at third.

Teixeira singled to right field, giving the Yankees an 8-1 lead and ending a night for Beckett that started out with great promise. Some boos for Beckett as he left the game.

Hideki Okajima relieved Beckett. A-Rod, up for the second time in the inning, earned a sac fly with a deep fly out to left. Pena struck out to end a bloody frame for Boston.

Beckett’s final line: 5.1, nine hits, nine runs, three walks, eight strikeouts. His ERA is now 7.46.

Top of the 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

05.07.10 at 8:47 pm ET
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A two-out rally by the Sox was halted by a harmless Dustin Pedroia fly out to left.

After Hughes retired Hermida (ground out to short) and Varitek (strikeout), McDonald and Scutaro both singled, setting up a first-and-third situation for Pedroia. No laser show, however, and the Sox head to the sixth down 3-1.

75 pitches for Hughes through five.

Girardi notes: Red Sox vs. Yankees 5/7

05.07.10 at 8:39 pm ET
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Yankees manager Joe Giardi announced before Friday’s game with the Red Sox that closer Mariano Rivera – out since April 30 with an upper body issue – would be available for the series opener.

However, there was a setback for the Yankees as Girardi announced that Andy Pettitte would miss his next scheduled start do to a sore left elbow. Sergio Mitre will start Monday and Javier Vazquez will start Tuesday.

‘€œWe’€™re going to push Andy back,” Girardi said. “He’€™s going to skip a start. We’€™ll see where he’€™s at in a few days. He didn’€™t want to skip a start. He didn’€™t. He wanted to pitch but we just feel it’€™s in the best interest of him and the whole club that we skip a start.”

Girardi said the plan, for now, is to have Pettitte back by next weekend against Minnesota.

“Have to remind yourself to think about long term,” Girardi said. “Missing start should clear it up. We’€™re talking about him pitching sometime in the Minnesota series so we’€™ll map that out.’€

Catcher Jorge Posada [calf] is limited to pinch-hitting duty as the second Red Sox-Yankees series of the season opens at Fenway.

“[Posada] said he felt better. He hit extra today and ran a little bit. I’€™m still a little bit leery about putting him in [lineup]. It’€™s only been four days but that wouldn’€™t keep me from pinch-hitting him or using him.’€

Chan Ho Park, on the disabled list with a sore right hamstring, threw 45 pitches Friday, and Girardi said he threw all his pitches and it went well. He will throw another bullpen on Sunday.

As for the fact that the Yankees are 19-8 but only in second place in the AL East because the Rays have started 20-7, Girardi said there’s plenty of season left to decide the AL East.

“I’m not too worried about standings right now,” he said. “We’re still going to play the teams around us.”

Then there’s the latest comments from Dallas Braden indicating there’s an unsettled score for Alex Rodriguez prancing across the pitcher’s mound in Oakland in an April series.

‘€œWe don’€™t play them until July,” Girardi said. “I’€™m worried about our club and what our guys say. I’€™m not really concerned with what other guys say. July is really a long ways away. I’€™m not really worried about it.”

Is Girardi worried about physical retaliation?

‘€œWe’€™ll worry about that when the time comes,” Girardi added. “I’€™m really worried about the Boston Red Sox, not who we’€™re playing in July.’€

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Middle of the fifth: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

05.07.10 at 8:38 pm ET
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A much-needed easy inning for Josh Beckett, who threw just six pitches to retire Derek Jeter, Marcus Thames (pinch-hitting for Nick Johnson) and Mark Teixeira.

Top of the fifth: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

05.07.10 at 8:32 pm ET
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Back-to-back singles by J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis got runners on first-and-third with one out, and David Ortiz drove in Drew with a sac fly to right field (not as deep as the sound of the fans would indicate, but deep enough) to score the first run of the game for the Sox.

Phil Hughes ended the inning with a strikeout of Adrian Beltre. 61 pitches for Hughes, who has walked just a single batter (as has Beckett.)

Middle of the 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0

05.07.10 at 8:20 pm ET
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The Yankees have made the first strike in this series.

Nick Swisher, a career .225 hitter with runners in scoring position, blasted a three-run homer to center to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

The home run, Swisher’s sixth of the season, came with two outs and Mark Teixeira (walk) and Alex Rodriguez (single) on first and second.

It appeared that Beckett had a chance to work his way out the jam, as the at-bat prior to Swisher’s saw Robinson Cano strike out for the second time this evening.

Following the homer, Brett Gardner and Francisco Cerevelli singled. Beckett was able to get Randy Winn to ground out to prevent further damage.

70 pitches for Beckett, and the Sox have a tough task to come back against Phil Hughes.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 8:02 pm ET
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Phil Hughes has been every bit the equal of Josh Beckett through three innings. The right-hander allowed his first base-runner of the game in the third, issuing a one-out walk to Jason Varitek. That proved to matter little, as Hughes struck out Darnell McDonald and Marco Scutaro (both looking) to end the inning.

Just 41 pitches for Hughes, who looks every bit the ace  he has long been projected as.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:53 pm ET
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Josh Beckett did allow the first hit of the game — a one-out single to Francisco Cervelli — but proceeded to retire Randy Winn and Derek Jeter to end the inning with no damage. Jeter struck out for the second time in the game, and Beckett now has 6 Ks through three innings (his season high is eight vs. Tampa on April 16.)

43 pitches for Beckett, who has hit 96 MPH with his fastball.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:40 pm ET
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Still another 1-2-3 inning as Hughes is matching Beckett. Kevin Youkilis lined out to left, David Ortiz struck out swinging on a 95 MPH fastball and Adrian Beltre grounded out on close play at first.

Just 25 pitches for Hughes through two innings. His WHIP for the season is at 0.81.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:32 pm ET
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Josh Beckett continues to look strong in this series opener, again setting the Yankees down in order. Alex Rodriguez grounded out to Pedroia on a ball that was deflected off Beckett, red-hot Robinson Cano (only Yankee in history to hit .400 with at least eight homers in April) struck out swinging and Nick Swisher also was punched out swinging.

Five Ks for Beckett in two innings. He’s thrown 27 pitches, 20 for strikes.

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