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April 14, 2014

Yanks make a statement over the weekend


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NEW YORK (AP) — This weekend in New York proved one thing .... This isn’t 2013 anymore. The Yankees are better for sure and the Red Sox have some work to do.

The Yankees won 3-2 in a game that had almost everything. It included an overturned call that resulted in the game-winning run, a John Farrell ejection and several strong defensive plays.

The Yankees took three of four games against the Red Sox.

Boston sits in last place in the AL East with a 5-8 record and already have the same number of losses that they had on the final day of April last year. But they aren’t this bad. Their offense is struggling with Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks on the DL and now Dustin Pedroia possibly headed there.

Pedroia was scratched from yesterday’s lineup with a sore left wrist.

If his injury is serious, Boston could be in some serious trouble.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pedroia will return to Boston to be examined by a doctor this morning. The star second baseman got hurt when he was taken out on a potential double play last weekend against Milwaukee.

Pedroia remained in the lineup all week but Farrell said the soreness “continues to persist and probably gain in intensity.” The 2008 AL MVP is batting .236 with no homers and one RBI in 55 at-bats. He has three extra-base hits and hasn’t drawn a walk all season.

“I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate,” Farrell said.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Sunday night with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Beltran had three hits and was pressed into his first career appearance at first base for the banged-up Yankees. Ichiro Suzuki robbed David Ortiz of extra bases with a spectacular catch in the eighth inning.

Mike Napoli homered and Felix Doubront (1-2) went 6.2 innings.

New York, playing without Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game, scored its third run with the benefit of instant replay in the fourth.

With runners at the corners and one out, the Red Sox thought they turned an inning-ending double play on Francisco Cervelli’s grounder. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out on a bang-bang play, and Cervelli grabbed his right hamstring as he tumbled to the ground.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, which was overturned after a 3-minute replay review. That gave New York another run and a 3-1 lead.

Farrell, surely still bothered by a replay review that curiously went against Boston the day before, pointed to his eyes as he argued with two umpires. He was quickly ejected by Davidson.

Managers aren’t allowed to argue replay rulings.

Major League Baseball acknowledged it made the wrong call on a replay challenge that went against the Red Sox during New York’s 7-4 victory Saturday.

Cervelli was replaced at first base by Suzuki. When the Yankees took the field in the fifth, Suzuki was in right field and Beltran moved from right field to first base to replace Cervelli.

It was the first time Beltran had played first base in his 16-year major league career. He was pressed into service because oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts was sidelined with a sore back, preventing Girardi from shuffling his infielders after Cervelli went down.

David Phelps struck out pinch-hitter Mike Carp with the bases loaded to end the eighth, pumping his fist as he bounced off the mound. Shawn Kelley struck out two in a perfect ninth for his third save.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a sliding catch in left-center to end it.