Apr 22, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) reacts after hitting a double too drives in two runs against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Off-Season Additions Lead To Blowout Win In Fenway

Brian Cashman’s master plan of off-season additions payed major dividends tonight. All the big names produced tonight as the Yankees made their first game in Fenway a good one with a 9-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Start with supposed “number three starter” Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka right now is the Yankees numero uno. 7.1 innings, seven hits, seven strikeouts and his two runs were solo homers by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth inning (those guys tend to do that sort of thing).

How about the hitters? Well, let’s take a look at the rallies.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a fan interference triple to center. Derek Jeter drove him in with a single to make 1-0 two batters in off Jon Lester. Jeter went to second on a passed ball and third on A.J. Pierzynski‘s error. New guy Carlos Beltran drove in Jeter with a single.

The Yanks struck again in the third. Three straight doubles by Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann made it 4-0.

In the fifth, Tex led off with a walk and McCann singled. Three batters later Brian Roberts (new guy) lined one that Napoli couldn’t grab to score a run. That opened the flood gates to end Lester’s night as Ellsbury and Jeter followed with a single and a double.

Beltran would add his fifth homer of the year in the top of the eighth.

Michael Pineda will face John Lackey tomorrow night at 7.


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