- Last Updated: 10:20 AM, July 28, 2012
- Posted: 2:05 AM, July 28, 2012
The Yankees figured they wouldn’t be able to beat up on the Orioles anymore and figured the Blue Jays wouldn’t be pushovers, either.
No problem. It seems like the Red Sox have taken their place.
After last night’s 10-3 pummeling in the Bronx, the Yankees have now beaten their AL East rivals in six of seven meetings in 2012 and scored at least five runs in every game.
It was the perfect way to shake off a 2-5 West Coast trip in which they also lost Alex Rodriguez for up to two months.
Despite the domination, the Yankees aren’t prepared to dismiss the last-place Red Sox just yet.
“I don’t think their record necessarily indicates who they are as a team,” Russell Martin said. “You can’t take them lightly and we’re not going to do that.”
They haven’t so far.
As they have so often this season, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping on the Red Sox.
Last night, in Ichiro Suzuki’s Yankee Stadium debut, they tagged starter Aaron Cook for three runs in the first inning after Boston was unable to turn what would have been an inning-ending double play on a Mark Teixeira grounder.
“That was a great hustle play,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It set the tone.”
No doubt the first baseman busted it down the line, but Mike Aviles’ failure to make the throw to first quickly had just as much to do with Teixeira beating it.
Raul Ibanez followed with a two-run shot to right and the Yankees were on their way. They have scored 18 runs in the opening inning against the Red Sox this season.
Phil Hughes lasted seven innings and improved to 10-8 despite giving up three homers, all with the bases empty.
The Yankees added three homers of their own. Ibanez’s shot was followed by a two-run homer by Russell Martin in the fourth, while Curtis Granderson’s grand slam in the eighth put the finishing touches on the victory.
Like Ibanez’s homer, Granderson’s grand slam was set up by a grounder Boston could not turn into a double play — because no one covered first base.
The offensive outburst helped Hughes shake off the three homers and his continued difficulties in the first inning.
“If I give up a solo homer here or there, I can work around that,” said Hughes, who has given up 25 home runs this season and saw his first inning ERA rise to 5.40. “With our offense, sometimes I can get away with it.”
As for the Red Sox, they have lost six of seven and remain without David Ortiz (right Achilles strain). They have shown no signs of putting last year’s collapse behind them, but the Yankees remain wary.
“I would not be surprised if this team makes a run,” Teixeira said, referencing the crazy end to the season a year ago, when Boston and Atlanta both coughed up huge wild-card leads down the stretch and missed the playoffs.
“Every win against them counts,” Teixeira said. “There’s no reason to write off anybody right now. We saw what happened in the National League and the American League last year with the wild card. You never know until the last game of the season.”
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