Pitcher Michael Pineda allowed five runs in five innings of work, and the Yankees' bats could not bail him out, as they fell to the Red Sox, 5-3, at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...
- The Red Sox got to Pineda in the third when catcher Ryan Hanigan hit a solo home run. Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts added home runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
- Pineda was charged with five runs on five hits, although he did strike out six.
- Carlos Beltran hit a two-run single in the sixth, which put him over the 1,500-RBI mark for his career.
- Brian McCann followed up with an RBI groundout.
- Set to return to the rotation next week, Nathan Eovaldi came out of the bullpen and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Pineda looked rusty after an eight-day layoff from his last start and the Yankees' offense arrived on a late bus from the All-Star break. It all added up to a discouraging loss which pushed the Yanks back under the .500 mark.
Pineda continues to get bit by the long ball, now allowing three or more for the third time this season and has now allowed 18 overall this season.
The offense was being no-hit until the fifth inning and once again the big hit the Yankees managed, a two-run single, came off the bat of Beltran.
If the Yankees trade Beltran before the non-waiver deadline, it will leave the club with one less reliable option in the middle of the order as Alex Rodriguez (.639 OPS) and Mark Teixeira (.578 OPS) went 1-for-8 collectively tonight. Rodriguez and Teixeira have been major disappointments this season, and expecting a turnaround from either of them seems out of the realm of possibility. To be honest, the same goes for the club.
The Yankees and Red Sox will continue their weekend series from Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. LHP CC Sabathia (5-6, 3.77 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will be opposed by LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3, 8.59 ERA).