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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 11, Yankees 1

By Andrew Marchand

Here's a quick look at the New York Yankees' 11-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium:


WHAT IT MEANS: Phil Hughes is still inconsistent and too reliant on one pitch.

The Yankees are, once again, two games behind the Red Sox.

On Sunday night, the Yankees and Red Sox will decide this three-game series with Hiroki Kuroda facing Clay Buchholz.

FIVE SPOT: After escaping trouble in the first and second innings, Hughes gave up a five spot in the third. It is difficult for Hughes to consistently pitch under such tight circumstances because he gives up so many long balls.

To start the inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mike Carp sandwiched doubles around a Daniel Nava single. With one run in, no outs and Red Sox at second and third, Hughes struck out Dustin Pedroia.

This led to Joe Girardi consulting the Binder. David Ortiz has owned Hughes; he entered with nine hits in 20 at-bats (.450), including two homers. So Chris Stewart's right arm went up and Ortiz was given the unoccupied first base to load the bases.

It didn't work out well against Mike Napoli. After starting 0-2 on a couple of 94 mph fastballs, Hughes kept pumping the fastball. Two more before he mixed in a slider. At 2-2, he went back to the fastball, and Napoli took him deep to right for the grand slam.

It was 5-0 Red Sox and another poor outing for Hughes. He started OK. To ended the first two innings, Hughes left runners on base with 94 mph fastballs for strikeouts.

But Hughes can only escape so many encounters with trouble and, by the fifth, he was done. His final line was 4⅓ innings, five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

ONE-RUN ATTACK: The Yankees have scored just one run in four of the last six games.

HIT MACHINE: Meanwhile, the Red Sox had 18 hits.

ON THE BOARD: The Yankees scored in the fourth on a Stewart sac fly. Stewart later left the game with dehydration on this humid night.

PRECISE PRESTON: Preston Claiborne pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings and again didn't walk anyone. He has now gone 11 appearances without walking anyone. It ties him with Edward Mujica for the second longest such streak to begin a career since 1916. The record belongs to Jose Mijares, who had 12 over the 2008-9 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info's Katie Sharp.

TACK ON RUNS: In the eighth, Daniel Nava nailed a three-run homer off Adam Warren. It was Nava's fourth hit of the game.

In the ninth, Stephen Drew hit a solo shot and the Red Sox added two more runs.

FIX IT FELIX: Felix Doubront made the Yankees' offense look poor again, going six innings and just giving up the one run. Doubront entered with a 5.29 ERA.

ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE: 48,784. The Yanks said it was a sellout. It was the second of the season. The other was Opening Day against Boston.