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Yankee Stadium must be serving Boston cuisine in the clubhouse this year: entering Wednesday’s game, the Red Sox had won the first four contests of 2011 in the home of their arch rivals. After the game they would move to 5-0 on the season when visiting Yankee Stadium, beating the home team 8-5 and moving Tim Wakefield to 3-1 on the season and to 182 career wins with Boston. Wakefield of course is chasing Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who each have 192 career wins as a Red Sox, for the Boston wins crown.
Over five and a third innings, Wakefield allowed five runs on five hits. It was not his strongest outing, but against a formidable Yankees lineup it was enough. Relieving Wakefield was his “platoon partner” Alfredo Aceves. With three and two thirds of one-run ball, the former Yankee reliever picked up his first save of the season and allowed Terry Francona to give the rest of the bullpen a night off. According to Alex Speier, Aceves is the first Sox pitcher to earn a save of more than three innings since Casey Fossum all the way back in 2003.
When Jon Lester hit Mark Teixeira Tuesday night, it started a swirl of rumors about retaliation by the Bombers. Possibly against David Ortiz, who flipped his bat upon cracking a home run, much to the ire of Yankee skipper Joe Girardi. No retaliation occurred…but…
Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, trying to break up a double play, slid at Dustin Pedroia with spikes up in the air. Pedroia awkwardly jumped over the slide, but aggravated a knee injury from May in the process. Pedroia is headed back to Boston for further examination and may require surgery, testing the Red Sox middle infield depth.
Big Papi hit his 15th home run and continues to remain hot at the plate. Maybe there is another Ortiz jersey buried in the cement somewhere?
J.D. Drew may not be having a typical Drew season, but his two-run homer gave the Red Sox a nice cushion and put the game out of reach of all but the most impressive comebacks.
Everyone chipped in for this win.
W: Wakefield (3-1)
L: Burnett (6-4)
SV: Aceves (1)