Flo went into the third deck in right in the first, Coco tripled and scored in the third, Cora bopped a two-run home run to right-center in the fifth, then tripled and scored in the seventh, and Ortiz singled and Manny crushed a bomb to right (his 50th against the Yankees) in the eighth. (box)
Sexy Lips did well (5-3-3-2-2, 84) except for a three-batter stretch in the third: two walks and a Malphabet HR. Okajima was superb for two innings (K, single, K, 1-3 -- K, 3U, K) -- his 11th straight scoreless appearance. Timlin allowed a solo shot to Jeter in the eighth before Papelbon finished it off.
Maybe the Bot was a little rusty, as Giambi opened the ninth with a double. It was lights out after that, as Shemp struck out, Posada grounded to second, and Cano grounded to Youkilis.
Our #5 outdueled their ace and we got the 2 out of 3 we wanted. We lead the East by 4 over Toronto. New York is 9-14, 6.5 GB.
Julian Tavarez (8.36) / Chien-Ming Wang (5.68), 1 PM
Boston's 3-4-5 today have great numbers against Wang:Lugo, SS
Ortiz: 8-for-17 (.471) with 5 RBI.
Ramirez: 9-for-13 (.692) with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.
Hinske: 10-for-16 (.625) with two homers.
This is Wang's second start of the season. Last Tuesday, he gave up nine hits and four runs in 6.1 innings to Tampa Bay. ... The Daily News is a little too happy about the Yankees' win yesterday. Front page: "FINALLY".
No matter how Sexy Lips pitches today, he may lose his spot his the rotation, as Jon Lester moves closer to Fenway. ... Bobby Abreu is 9-for-24 (.375) against Tavarez, including three doubles and three home runs.