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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

4/11/2014



NEW YORK -- Takeaways from the Bronx, where Michael Pineda's sticky fingers evoked more outrage among the Red Sox fans watching at home than it did from the Sox dugout, Jacoby Ellsbury inflicted his first bit of damage against his former team, the Derek Jeter Farewell Tour took its first pass at the Red Sox with the usual results, and Clay Buchholz made it a very special night for a career minor leaguer named Dean Anna.

The result: The Sox were beaten 4-1 by the Yankees, before a crowd of 42,821 in the Bronx. Last season, the Sox were 13-6 against the Bombers, the first team to win at least 13 games against the Yankees since the '76 Orioles (13-5).

The controversy: TV cameras showed repeated shots of what appeared to be pine tar on the palm of Pineda's right hand, which had to be clearly visible to the Sox dugout and the guys hitting against him but elicited no protests from the Bostons. The explanation is likely a simple one: Sox pitchers have been accused of loading up to improve their grip on the ball (see Buchholz: Bullfrog, Toronto, 2013; Jon Lester, World Series, brown stuff on his glove), so manager John Farrell was likely not inclined to demand an inspection of Pineda.

But did it work? Pineda, with an array of sharply moving cutters and sliders, held the Sox without a hit until Xander Bogaerts singled to lead off the fifth, and held them scoreless until Daniel Nava homered to start the seventh. Pineda departed after giving up another single to Bogaerts following Nava's home run.

Buch better: Buchholz, torched for 13 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Brewers on Saturday, was charged with four runs, two earned on seven hits in six innings. Buchholz did not walk a batter and struck out six, but after an error by third baseman Jonathan Herrera on Ellsbury's slow roller in the third, Buchholz gave up singles to Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, which produced one run, and a double-play grounder by Alfonso Soriano scored another. Anna, who came to the Yankees from the Padres in a little-noticed trade last winter -- he wore No. 93 in camp -- hit his first major league home run in the fifth. And Ellsbury followed a double by Jeter with an RBI single to left to make it 4-0.

No Rivera, no problem: The Yankees bullpen, already dealing with the retirement of Mariano Rivera, lost his replacement, David Robertson, who went on the DL with a groin strain. But Cesar Cabral (two-thirds of an inning, 2 K's) and David Phelps (2 1/3 IP, 3 K's), held the Sox hitless the rest of the way.