Yankees 9, Red Sox 3: Masahiro Tanaka and Jacoby Ellsbury shine in their Fenway Park debuts

Jared Wickerham

The game got off to a quick (yet somewhat delayed) start. Jacoby Ellsbury kicked off the game and his return to Fenway Park with a bang, missing a home run by a matter of inches. A fan reached over with, not just his hands, but his entire body, and made contact with the ball. Jackie Bradley Jr. to stop playing the ball, even though the ball was still in play, but, like Brett Gardner did in Tampa, Ellsbury continued the play and ran all the way home.

He was nearly sent back to second with a double, but upon review they decided to award him third base with a leadoff triple. Derek Jeter then promptly singled to score the run and take an early lead. Jeter advanced on a passed ball and got to third when A.J. Pierzynski threw the ball into center field. Carlos Beltran then singled him in to make it 2–0 after the first inning.

In the third inning they got to Jon Lester again. Alfonso Soriano hit a double off the center field wall. Mark Teixeira then managed to hit the ball the other way for a bloop double that happened to find its way into no man's land down the right field line to score Soriano. Brian McCann hit another double off the green monster and the Yankees had a 4–0 lead.

The Yankees continued their onslaught in the fifth when Mark Teixeira walked and Brian McCann singled off the Green Monster. After Yangervis Solarte and Ichiro both faield to bring in a run, Brian Roberts saved the inning when he smacked a line drive to first base that Napoli couldn't handle. It was ruled to be an error, but Tex still huffed and puffed his way home to extend their lead. Ellsbury put an end to Lester's night when he doubled to left field to score another two runs. Chris Capuano was brought in and Jeter greeted him with a single to score Ellsbury and make it an 8–2 game. It would stay that way until Carlos Beltran tacked on a run with a solo home run in the eighth.

Overall, the offense was pretty awesome; Ellsbury tripled and doubled, Jeter had two hits and a walk, Beltran had a hit and a home run, and Soriano doubled. Teixeira doubled and walked, McCann had a double, two singles, and a double. Even Ichiro got in on the fun, collecting a double, single, and a walk and Roberts collected two hits of his own. That's 15 hits and four walks total. The only Yankee hitter who did not get on base was Yangervis Solarte, who has been struggling of late. He did contribute, making a few great plays at third base during the course of the night, but it would be nice to see him starting hitting again.

Tanaka wasn't overly dominating, but he was effective and able to keep the Red Sox at bay until the bottom of the fourth. He started leaving his pitches out over the plate and Boston was not about to let him off the hook. Tanaka gave up back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli and almost gave up another to Pierzynski. Thankfully, it was only two solo shots and he kept them quiet for the rest of the game. After 7.1 innings, he had allowed seven hits and struck out seven batters. He also collected a total of eight ground outs against only four fly outs and threw 73 out of 105 pitches for strikes. Obviously, he was pretty good.

Dellin Betances replaced Tanaka for the last five outs and struck out two batters in the eighth. He came back out for the ninth, but surrendered two doubles off the Green Monster and gave up his first run of the season. He completed the game and the Yankees won 9–3.

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