The sorta-new-look Yankees lineup made it's debut against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in Boston, but by looking at the box score, you would have thought that Joe Girardi was running out the same out lineup that has struggled to score runs all season, as the Bombers fell to the Sox and their rookie starter, 4-3.
New look, same results: The Yankees only managed six hits in this one, two of them from Carlos Beltran -- a solo homerun in the 4th inning, his 13th of the season, that put the Yanks on the board after falling behind 2-0, and the second being an RBI single in the 6th inning that scored Jacoby Ellsbury, who walked and stole second base to open the inning. One of the other four Yankee hits was from Derek Jeter, who hit a rare homerun -- a solo shot over The Monster, his 2nd of the year, that pulled the Yankees to within a run in the 8th. Other than that, not much else. Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira each collected a hit, as did Ichiro Suzuki, who started in right field before Martin Prado pinch-hit for him later in the game and went 0-for-2 in his Yankees debut.
Facing his former team: Chris Capuano, who started the season with the Boston Red Sox before he was released in early July, started on the mound for the Yankees. Didn't get a chance to watch the game tonight, so it's hard to say exactly how well he pitched, but he gave up all four Red Sox runs on eight hits, while striking out five without walking a batter over 6.1 innings. The Sox took a 2-0 lead against Capuano in the 3rd inning. Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double over the right field wall for the first run, driving in Brock Holt, who hit a one-out triple just ahead of Pedroia. David Ortiz singled him home a batter later for the second run. David Ross made it a 3-1 game in the 4th inning on an RBI single, and then Pedroia put up the fourth run in the 7th on a single off of Shawn Kelley.
Big league debut: After trading away three of their pitchers on in the final 48 hours leading up to the trading deadline, the Red Sox called up Anthony Ranaudo to make his big league debut against the Bombers on Friday night. Beltran was really the only hitter capable of figuring him out, driving in both of his RBIs against him. However, the right-hander lasted six innings, giving up just two runs on four hits with four walks.
Other notes: Pedroia was the only hitter that Kelley faced out of the bullpen. Matt Thornton pitched the final two outs of the 7th inning, getting Ortiz to ground into a double play on the first pitch he threw, and then Adam Warren took care of the 8th with a 1-2-3 on 12 pitches ..... Chase Headley made a pair of really great plays at third base. The first on a pick in near the third base line in the 3rd inning to make the out, and then a second a few innings later when he laid out for a ball to his right, again getting the out at first base.
Up next: The Yankees and Red Sox continue this series on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET. Allen Webster will start for Boston, while the Yankees will counter with Shane Greene. The game will be on FOX, I believe.