Monday, April 5, 2010
Pedrioa, Youkilis Power Red Sox Past Yankees
Players of the Day for Sunday, April 5, 2010 American League The Yankees and red Sox renewed the most-heralded rivalry in baseball with a opening night thriller at Fenway Park. C.C. Sabathia was cruising along with a 5-1 lead after 4 innings when the burly hurler's pitch count began to rise and the big guy started missing his spots. After giving up a run in the 5th, disaster struck in the 6th when Dustin Pedroia (left) walked to open the inning, then Sabathia gave up a double to Victor Martinez and a triple to Kevin Youkilis (right), which plated 2 more runs. After David Ortiz grounded out, Sabathia was pulled, throwing 104 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. Things were getting interesting. Adrian Beltre greeted reliever David Robertson with an RBI single and the game was tied, but the Red Sox were just gearing up. The Yankees came back with two runs of their own in the 7th, but Pedroia responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame, and Youkilis doubled, took third on a Damaso Marte wild pitch and scored what proved to be the game winner on Jorge Posada's passed ball. Pedroia singled home another run in the bottom of the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon shut down the Yanks in the 9th for the 9-7 Red Sox win. Youkilis had one heck of a night, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs. All of his hits went for extra bases: two doubles and a triple, but, best of all, the Red Sox started 2010 with a win over the world champion Yankees. National League There were no National League games scheduled.