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New York Yankees Reaction: Bats Go Quiet, Bombers Unable To Complete Sweep

Four home runs by the Boston Red Sox and lack of production denied the New York Yankees of their first series sweep of the season. 

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One day the New York Yankees‘ offense powers the Bombers to a win, the next, they can’t get it going as the squad finds itself running in circles after they score one run in for the eighth time this season.

Luis Severino reached his career high in strikeouts (nine) but surrendered four runs on five hits including three home runs in 6.2 innings of work.

The 22-year old right-hander is now 0-5 with a 6.12 ERA and has already been considered for a demotion. Is this the start that reserves a spot for the kid on the “Scranton Shuttle?”

Offensively, the Yankees only managed two hits off Steven Wright, who walked one and struck out seven, before Brett Gardner launched a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

That would be the only type of production off the knuckleballer who became the first Red Sox pitcher to pitch a complete game victory against the Yankees since Jon Lester did it on July 3, 2008.

Boston played a little home run derby off Sevy. David Ortiz went deep twice, Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run to the short porch, and Xander Bogaerts also went yard.

The Red Sox avoided the three-game sweep and also improved their record to 4-2 against their rivals here in the early going of 2016.


Big Papi Does It Again:

David Ortiz’s success against the New York Yankees is flat out ridiculous. Tonight, his home runs in the top of the fourth and in the top of the seventh gave him home run no. 51 and 52 against his arch rival.

The 40-year old slugger came into this game .306/.394/.569 against the Bombers.

Also, his solo shot into the bleachers in right in the fourth moved him passed Carl Yastrzemski (452) on the Red Sox all-time home runs list. Oritz leaves today’s game with 512 career long balls which tied and passed Mel Ott for sole possession of 24th on the all-time list.

Don’t worry, Yankees’ fans, you only have to face him 13 more times.

Injury Note:

While diving back to third base in the bottom of the seventh inning, Starlin Castro bothered his ribcage and was removed from the ballgame.

Manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that the Yankee second baseman will be in the lineup tomorrow night. More detail to come.

This Day In Yankees History:

At Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles on May 8, 2009, Alex Rodriguez wastes absolutely no time making his return to the Yankees lineup felt.

On the very first pitch he sees, A-Rod blasted a three-run shot off a 98-mph fastball thrown by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. It helped the Yankees snap a five-game losing streak and turned the lineup into a dynamic one that would set a franchise record of 244 home runs.

What’s Next:

The Bombers will continue their homestand by welcoming in the defending World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals.

Chris Young (1-1, 3.94 ERA) vs Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.14 ERA)

Nova will be taking the hill for his first start of the 2016 season after CC Sabathia’sgroin injury landed the lefty on the 15-day disabled list.

Super Nova made his last start on October 3, 2015, against the Baltimore Orioles when he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

This season, the right-hander has made six relief appearances, going four innings in two of them.

The veteran Chris Young will oppose him. The tall righty went 4.2 innings in his last outing against the Washington Nationals while giving up five hits and two runs.

In seven starts against the Yankees, Young owns a 3-2 record with a 4.62 ERA and a 7.4 K/9 ratio.

Full coverage of game one of the four-game set will begin at six on YES with first pitch coming at 7:05 from the Bronx. ESNY will be providing you with a full series preview packed with everything you need to know prior to first pitch.

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