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Last night was all about the team. No individuals here. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Moseley, Lance Berkman.

Dustin Moseley filled in for an injured A.J. Burnett and helped lead the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Mark Teixeira hit his 25th homer, becoming the fourth player to hit at least 25 in each of his first eight big league seasons, and Lance Berkman won over Yankees fans with two doubles.

Jeter broke a tie with The Babe for 39th place on the career hits list with an RBI single in the second inning, his 2,874th hit. Jeter waved his helmet to an standing ovation. Jeter doubled in two runs in the fifth to give New York a 7-1 lead and end Josh Beckett’s night with a Bronx cheer.

(AP photo)

Even A-Rod contributed, becoming just the second (by my count) member of the 600-300 club with his steal.

Beckett allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and there were some discussions on Twitter whether Beckett is now the Yankees’ Daddy (good bye, Pedro).

In the rotation because Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list with a strained groin, Moseley moved up a day when Burnett tweaked his back throwing on flat ground. In his third start, the right-hander worked the corners with a fastball that rarely exceeded 90 mph and gave up six hits and two runs, including a homer to Hall.

In the second inning, Berkman sent a ball down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit with the Yankees in 23 at-bats. He scored when Hall made a diving stop on Brett Gardner’s groundball but his throw sailed past first base for an error.

Gardner scored on Jeter’s hit to make it 2-0.

Teixeira homered leading off the fifth against Beckett and Berkman followed a walk and hit batter with a one-out RBI doubled down the third-base line to make it 4-1.

Cano was hit twice in the fifth, once by Beckett and again by catcher Kevin Cash, whose throw to third hit him in the helmet as he was diving back to the bag. Cano jumped up and raced home. Jeter added a two-run double to right-center.

Phil Hughes goes for the series win today against Jon Lester at 2:05 p.m.
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ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.

Swisher, Gardner and Winn (l-r) celebrate 14-3 win over Red Sox

In five plate appearances today, Mark Teixeira joined Lou Gehrig as the only Yankees to hit three home runs against the Boston Red Sox. Tex and Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs each as New York clinched another series with a 14-3 win Saturday.

Teixeira hit solo homers in the fifth and seventh, then hit a two-run shot far over the left field wall in the eighth.

After another poor April showing, Tex is batting .393 in his last seven games (11 for 28) to raise his batting average to .207 (23 for 111).

Cervelli made his fourth straight start in place of catcher Jorge Posada, who said before the game his strained right calf muscle feels much better.

Cervelli singled in a run that tied the score 3-all in the third, hit a two-run single in the fourth that put the Yankees ahead 6-3 then capped a four-run eighth that made it 12-3.

Alfredo Aceves relieved CC Sabathia with two outs in the bottom of the fifth after a rain delay of 1 hour, 14 minutes. Clay Buchholz allowed six runs in five innings for Boston. Sabathia was decent enough, with the exception of making a boneheaded retaliation play when he beaned Dustin Pedroia on the backside and the next batter, Victor Martinez sent a 3-2 pitch over the Green Monster to give the Sox a 3-2 lead. If not for that play against Pedroia, the Yankees would probably have won the game 14-1.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the second. Ramiro Pena led off with a double, Derek Jeter walked and both advanced on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice. Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez followed with RBI singles.

With the score 3-all in the fifth, Teixeira homered. Then the Yankees loaded the bases on a walk to Rodriguez, a single by Robinson Cano and a walk to Randy Winn before Cervelli singled home two runs.

Aceves left the game in the sixth with a stiff lower back after throwing a strike on the first pitch to Jeremy Hermida. Boone Logan came in and struck him out. As Jane Heller said on her Twitter account, at least the Yanks only lost one player to an injury today.

AJ Burnett takes the mound against Jon Lester in the third match of the series. The Yankees have a 4-1 season record against the Sox and the Beantowners don’t look like they have any fight in them.

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A couple of days ago, umpire Joe West spoke out against the Yankees and Red Sox organizations, saying they play too slow. The comments followed a 10 inning affair that ended just under three and a half hours. Some words West used to describe the teams included “embarrassing” and “pathetic”.

“They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace,” said West, chief of the umpiring crew that worked the three-game series in Boston. He was the home plate umpire Sunday. “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?

The issue of the Yankees’ game pace isn’t new. We’ve heard about it for years. Most recently, Bob Watson, vice president for MLB, spoke about the issue prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season.

Derek Jeter declined to comment, saying “I’m not really one to say much about umpires,” Mariano Rivera spoke out:

“He has a job to do. He should do his job,” Rivera said. “We don’t want to play four-hour games, but that’s what it takes. We respect and love the fans and do what we have to do, and that’s play our game.”

“If he has places to go, let him do something else, what does he want us [the players] to do, swing at balls? … We don’t want to play four-hour games, but that’s what it takes. We respect and love the fans and do what we have to do, and that’s play our game.”

Then tonight, the other team responded. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia commented about what West said.

“To call the Yankees and Red Sox, two of the best teams in baseball, ‘pathetic’ and ’embarrassing,’ that’s just ridiculous,” Pedroia said while sitting in the dugout before Friday night’s game against the Royals.

“If he doesn’t want to do Red Sox and Yankee games, he should tell the umpires’ union. Then when we’re in the World Series, he’ll be out of that assignment, too.”

Sox manager Terry Francona was more selective and careful with what he said.

“Obviously, I think I need to be somewhat careful is the right word, selective,” Francona said. “I mean, I think it kind of surprised all of us. When you have somebody in charge of running the game without bias, and then you hear those comments coming out pretty strong, it probably worries you a little bit.”

To me, there isn’t a problem. Baseball is a game of strategy. That’s why the Yankees and Red Sox are among the best teams out there. Umpires shouldn’t come out and complain. Players are fined for speaking against calls. Why set a double standard here?

It’s likely we haven’t heard the end of “Westgate.”

Curtis Granderson led off the 10th inning with a tiebreaking homer off Jonathan Papelbon and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1. Granderson hit an 0-and-1 pitch into the right-field seats against Papelbon for his second homer in three games with his new team. Granderson also homered on Sunday night.

Then, after three walks issued by Papelbon, Mark Teixeira drove in the final run on a groundout as the Red Sox wasted an effective performance by John Lackey in his first appearance since signing an $82.5 million, five-year free agent contract. Lackey allowed three hits in six innings (with three strikeouts) and left with a 1-0 lead.

Chan Ho Park allowed one hit in three scoreless innings after Andy Pettitte’s start, and Mariano Rivera pitched the 10th for his second save. Pettitte was as effective as Lackey, pitching 6 innings, allowing six hits, one run, walking three, and striking out four.

After an expletive-filled tirade to the Boston media after last night’s game, David Ortiz responded, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third with his first hit in nine at bats. Ortiz’s single scored Dustin Pedroia. That hit was Ortiz’s only offensive performance, in his other three at-bats, Ortiz ended innings with two strikeouts and a groundout.

The Yankees tied the game in the seventh after Jorge Posada doubled off Scott Schoeneweis. Daniel Bard relieved and, on an 0-and-2 count, allowed Nick Swisher’s game-tying single.

The Yankees are off Thursday before heading back to Tampa to take on the Rays in a three-game series. Javier Vazquez will have his first start of the season on Friday.

Photo above from the AP.

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