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Before the Red Sox and Yankees took the field, the umpires told the pitchers to serve up fat pitches all game.
OK, so that really didn’t happen, but it might as well have as the Yankees beat the Sox 15-9. Sox starter Clay Buchholz was shelled, allowing seven earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings. He only allowed one walk, but was all over the fat part of the plate in allowing eight hits while striking out two.
Chien-Ming Wang was just as bad for the Yankees. He actually got through four innings, but couldn’t get an out in the fifth as he allowed five runs. In all, he was clobbered eight earned runs on nine hits and three walks. Yikes…
Believe it or not, the Sox had the lead after scoring six runs in the fifth. They led 9-7, but that was short-lived as Julian Tavarez was shelled himself for four runs (three earned) as the Yankees regained the lead 11-9. They would not reliquinsh that lead as Tavarez took the loss (0-1).
Buchholz allowed two homers — a two-run shot to Bobby Abreu and a solo blast to Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod finished 2-4 batting in the cleanup spot.
Manny Ramirez led the charge for the Sox, going 3-4 with one RBI. J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, and Sean Casey eached finished with two RBI, but it was not enough as the bullpen let the team down.
Mike Timlin was destroyed for four runs in the eigth inning. He now has a nice 27.00 ERA so far in 2008. At that rate he should pay the Red Sox to play.