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Masahiro Tanaka in postseason form as Yankees beat Red Sox

The pitching was great today!

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Yankees pummeled the Red Sox 9-1 at George M. Steinbrenner Field this afternoon. These games might not count for anything, but it’s always fun to beat Boston.

In lieu of full-length recaps, we will run bullet-point highlights through spring training. Important contributions and players will get covered, plus a roundup of the team’s pitching lines, as well as news and notes from the club. Hope you all enjoy this format!

Game Highlights

  • Masahiro Tanaka got the start today and appeared to be in postseason form. He hurled three shutout innings, did not give up a hit, didn’t issue a walk, and racked up five strikeouts.
  • The Bombers had a huge first inning, batting around and scoring six runs before all was said and done. At one point, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit and Miguel Andujar hit back-to-back singles, Mike Tauchman hit a sac fly, Gio Urshela walked, and Voit scored on a wild pitch. Clint Frazier worked three walks today, DJ LeMahieu had 2 RBI, and Gio Urshela hit a solo home run.
  • It was an all-around great day for Yankees pitchers. Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton both pitched scoreless innings. Jonathan Loaisiga one-upped them and struck out the side in the eighth inning, then picked up a fourth strikeout as he closed out the game in the ninth. The only Boston run surrendered—a home run off the bat of Rafael Devers—was charged to Clarke Schmidt, who struck out three during two innings of work.

The Yankees will play the Phillies tomorrow at 6:35 ET. It appears that game will be on the radio only.

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