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Postmortem: Bomb(er)s away

4/12/2014

NEW YORK -- The postmortem on Boston's 7-4 takedown by the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon, leaving the Sox in need of a win Sunday night to salvage a four-game split:

• Manager John Farrell on homer-unhappy John Lackey, who gave up a career-high four home runs to the Yankees, two by Brian McCann, one each by Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano:

"He paid for some pitches that were up in the strike zone. A couple of fastballs, one that was to Beltran that he pulled back to the middle, the other to McCann where he hits another out of the ballpark. Warmer weather, the ball was really carrying here today, but still, there were some mistakes up in the strike zone."

• Lackey, on the same topic:

"I'd say about half and half. The fastball to Beltran, I obviously wish I could have back. McCann's was a slider that didn't do anything. The other two? Playing here.

"I felt pretty good. Just some mistakes I made, got hit pretty hard."

• Farrell addressed the attempted stolen base in the seventh inning by Mike Carp, who was cut down to end the inning after he'd just hit a two-run single to draw the Sox to within two runs. At the time, the tying runs were on base against reliever Dellin Betances, who had just entered the game and was facing Xander Bogaerts.

"On the 0-2 count, we gambled a little bit to get 90 feet. We were down two with Xander at the plate, down 0-2 count, there might be a breaking ball, we sent him just to try and create something, try to be a little more aggressive. It didn't work out."

• Carp, on whether he was surprised to get the "steal" sign:

"Not at all. It was 0 and 2, right there we're hoping he bounces a ball in the dirt and be second and third, or a possible run scored and I'm standing at second. My mind was in the same spot as they were. It was unfortunate it was a fastball up. It's easy to make a throw on a ball like that."

• With shortstop Derek Jeter having a day off, Mark Teixeira on the DL, Alex Rodriguez suspended for the year and Robinson Cano megawealthy in Seattle, the Yankees' infield Saturday around the horn was Kelly Johnson at first, Brian Roberts at second, Dean Anna at short and Yangervis Solarte at third. The four have combined to play a total of 38 games in a Yankees uniform, 11 apiece by Johnson, Roberts and Solarte, 5 for Anna.

That's reminiscent of the Yankees' infield on Opening Day 1972, 42 years ago: Ron Blomberg at first, Bernie Allen at second, Rich McKinney at third and Jerry Kenney at short. While Roberts went hitless in four trips with a sacrifice, Johnson, Solarte and Anna combined to go 5-for-12, including a home run by Johnson off reliever Burke Badenhop, and a double by Anna, also off Badenhop. The Sox's infield, meanwhile, went 2-for-15 -- a double by Dustin Pedroia and a broken-bat single by Xander Bogaerts.

• Badenhop, acquired from Milwaukee, is off to a rough start with the Sox: 12 hits and six earned runs in six innings over four appearances.