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Friday, August 1, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

By Joe McDonald



BOSTON -- The new-look Boston Red Sox began their fresh start with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night at Fenway Park.

With the core of Boston's pitching staff gone after Thursday’s trade deadline, getting the nod on the hill was Sox rookie pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo. He was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket and made his big league debut against the team he grew up rooting for. He worked a solid six innings and allowed two runs on four hits, with four walks and two strikeouts on the way to his first major league win.

The 24-year-old right-hander was poised, looked confident and was even smiling in the dugout between innings.

His childhood idol was Derek Jeter. Ranaudo registered his first major league out by getting Jeter to ground out to second in the top of the first inning. Ranaudo then recorded his first major league strikeout when he fanned Jeter looking in the top of the third inning.

With Boston holding a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, the Yankees’ Carlos Beltran provided a solo home run off Ranaudo. Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt raced back to the wall in front of the Yankees bullpen and made a valiant effort, but Beltran had his 371st career homer.

The Red Sox pushed across another run in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a David Ross RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

Beltran added an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to cut New York’s deficit to one run, but Boston answered in the bottom of the seventh when Dustin Pedroia provided an RBI single for a 4-2 lead.

Mookie Betts
Rookie center fielder Mookie Betts made a spectacular catch to rob Jacoby Ellsbury of an extra-base hit in the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, Jeter deposited the first offering from reliever Junichi Tazawa into the Monster seats for a home run. It was Jeter’s third homer of the season and he received a standing ovation from the fans at Fenway as he crossed home plate.

With Boston holding a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning to earn his 22nd save of the season.

Speed challenge: In the top of the sixth inning, the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a walk. With Mark Teixeira batting, Ellsbury attempted to steal second base. Red Sox catcher Ross made a strong, accurate throw to second, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts there to receive it. It was a bang-bang play and Ellsbury was called out. Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, and after a 1-minute and 46-second delay, the call was reversed and Ellsbury was safe. It was his 29th swipe of the season.

Web gem: Bogaerts led off the bottom of the sixth inning and lined a shot down the third-base line, with what appeared to be a base hit. But Yankees third baseman Chase Headley made a diving snag, quickly got to his feet and made a strong, one-hop throw across the diamond that Teixeira picked in time for the out.

Web gem Part 2: After Jeter hit his solo home run in the eighth inning, Ellsbury followed with a deep shot to center field. Red Sox rookie center fielder Mookie Betts made an Ellsbury-like play, robbing Ellsbury of a hit and definitely extra bases with a tremendous catch.

Return engagement: Will Middlebrooks was activated from the disabled list Friday and started at third base and batted seventh for the Red Sox. It was his first big league action since May 17, after suffering a fractured right index finger. He finished the night 1-for-3, including a double, run scored and two strikeouts.

Hurting: Ross, who has been dealing with a serious bout of plantar fasciitis, was clearly in pain after attempting to leg out a ground ball in the bottom of the sixth inning. He was out on the play and needed assistance getting off the field and down the dugout stairs. He did not return. Christian Vazquez entered the game.