The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 13-3, on Tuesday in the first game of their series. This was the fourth time in seven games that they have scored in double figures and their offense has scored 68 runs in those seven games.
As a result of the Toronto Blue Jays win last night, the Yankees have a 5.5 game lead over Toronto for first place in the AL East and they have a 6.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays have won three games in a row and the Yankees will play an important three-game series against them this weekend.
The game was still close as the Yankees were winning 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Yankees then used a nine-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh to give them a 13-3 lead. Alex Rodriguez hit a single to center to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury and then Brian McCann hit a homer above the Fox Business sign in the second deck in right field to send Chris Young and Rodriguez home to make the score 8-3.
Chase Headley hit an RBI double to left to make the score 9-3. Ellsbury singled to left to score Headley and then Chris Young blasted a three-run homer to left field. That was his 13th homer of the season after hitting 11 all of last season. Young had a great all around game as he caught three fly balls in left field, was 3-4, had three RBIs and scored four runs.
“Honestly, the blunt way to say it is we have a lot of really good hitters,” Young said. “Everybody’s a threat right now.”
The Yankees were an outstanding 8-15 with runners in scoring position and Mark Teixeira, Young, Rodriguez, McCann and Headley all had multi-hit games. McCann hit his 18th homer and drove in his 65th run of the season and is on pace to easily improve on his power numbers from his first season with the Yankees in 2014 when he hit 23 homers and drove in 75 runs.
Masahiro Tanaka had a quality start as he allowed three earned runs in six innings, but his performance was not similar to when he pitched like an ace earlier this season and last season. He was taken out of the game after allowing a homer to leadoff the seventh inning to Pablo Sandoval. Tanaka picked up his eighth win of the season, but he has now allowed three runs or more in seven of his last eight starts.
Tanaka has allowed four, five and six runs in three of those starts and has been hurt by the home run since the opposition has hit multiple homers against him in four of his last eight starts. His ERA has risen from 2.49 on June 15 to 3.84 on August 4.
Before the game against the Red Sox, infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on July 30, was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his lower back. Ackley only had three at-bats with the Yankees before being put on the DL. Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks that Ackley will be out a minimum of 20-30 days.
Ackley has a herniated disk and the Yankees replaced him on the roster with relief pitcher Caleb Cotham. He was not injured when the Yankees traded for him. He took an epidural with the hope that it will solve his lumbar problem so that he can return to the roster at the end of the month.
“Timing is everything, and we had bad timing in terms of when he had an issue materialize,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “No complaints in Seattle, no tests, no issues, no treatment. I think we are optimistic that after a 20 or 30-day stint we’ll be able to utilize his flexibility.”