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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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Today I witnessed the best pitching performance I have seen from the Yankees ace. Too bad it was cut short.

CC Sabathia kept a no-hit bid going for 7 2/3 innings Saturday, losing the closest call of his career on a sharp single by former batterymate Kelly Shoppach in the New York Yankees’ 10-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Shoppach’s hit on a 1-0 pitch off the big lefty fell cleanly in front of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Joe Girardi immediately came out of the dugout to remove Sabathia, who walked two and struck out five. The left-hander threw 69 of his 111 pitches for strikes and benefited from spectacular defensive plays by Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

David Robertson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to complete a combined two-hitter. Ben Zobrist doubled off the reliever with two outs in the ninth.

Cano hit a two-run homer off Tampa starter Wade Davis in the fourth inning, and the Yankees scored two more in the fifth on Derek Jeter’s run-scoring single and Teixeira’s RBI double. After going 0-17 for the first time in his career, Tex got three straight hits in his final three AB in the game.

Every Yankee starter got a hit except Nick Johnson, although he reached base on a walk. Tex led all Yankees with three hits in four plate appearances, followed by Brett Gardner with 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Curtis Granderson went 2 for 3 with two walks and one RBI. In his first game this season, catcher Francisco Cervelli earned a two-run double in the 8th inning.

The Yankees loaded the base in the top of the 9th and Gardner generated a walk to bring home Ramiro Pena, who had pinch run for Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees go for the rubber match on Sunday afternoon, sending AJ Burnett to the mound for a 1:40pm start against Jamie Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays.

(AP photo by Mike Carlson)

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A few things to think about and read about today while the Yankees play their last spring training game. Andy Pettitte took the ball in the game this afternoon.

  • New York Yankee Manager Joe Girardi made it official Thursday — Curtis Granderson will play center field and Brett Gardner left field.
  • Something to think about: Assume 12 pitchers, and assume Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves and Chan Ho Park make the team. Who gets the last spot? Boone Logan? Sergio Mitre? Royce Rin
  • Both Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli are hurting as the regular season approaches. Today Mike Rivera started in the backstop, but Giardi is optimistic that both of them (and Damaso Marte, who is also experiencing tightness/soreness in his throwing arm) will be ready for the regular season.
  • A.J. Burnett was happy with his final spring start, especially the way he was able to use his new changeup.
  • This is one of those funky locker room moments between athletes. Pat Venditte autographed a ball for Curtis Granderson.
  • Murray Chass has penned his thoughts on the American League East.

It’s sunny in the northeast — enjoy your weather! Let’s hope it continues until Sunday!

(photo by Sipkin/NY Daily News)

The newest Yankee was introduced in a press conference today.

Said the new outfielder –

One thing I’ve learned over my world travels, being in China, being in Africa, being in Europe, Latin America, when you mention Major League Baseball… the Yankees are the first team that comes up… To get a chance to be a part of that now… I’m excited about that.

As previously discussed, Joba Chamberlain will have any innings limitations removed next year. Hopefully that will make him more effective since he won’t need to worry about pitch counts.

Phil Hughes’ limits will remain, but he’ll probably be allowed to go about 180 innings.

The Yankees are comfortable with Frankie Cervelli as the backup catcher. Good to hear, since he’s cheap, plays as well as Jose Molina, runs thrice as fast, and allows for Jesus Montero to continue developing.

Dr. Marc Philippon told A-Rod his hip is fine, and he will not need surgery this off-season.

Nick Johnson is close to agreeing with the Yankees on a contract, but has yet to take a physical. $5.5 million for one year. Does that mean Damon’s done as a Yankee?

The Yankees created their 14th walkoff victory and 34th come-from-behind victory Wednesday night, overcoming a 4-2 deficit with a 2-run homer by Hideki Matsui and a walk-off RBI single by backup catcher Francisco Cervelli to win 5-4 against Toronto.

A day after the bench clearing brawl that saw catcher Jorge Posada and Blue Jays pitcher Carlson fined and suspended three games each, the two teams faced off for the final time in 2009.  Posada and Carlson each agreed to not appeal the suspensions and MLB dropped them from 4 games to 3 games.  Posada started serving his immediately, opening the door for Cervelli to start.

Cervelli hit a single, scoring Brett Gardner, the fastest kid alive.  Cervelli immediately threw his arms up in celebration and was swarmed by his teammates in shallow right field.  Later, during an interview with YES, he got the customary pie in the face by AJ Burnett – the 14th time this season Burnett has hit the game-winning player with a pie.

Hideki Matsui tied a two-decade old Yankees franchise record with his 25th homer as a DH this season.  Unfortunately, I think we are looking at the end of Matsui’s Yankee career.  With his knees bad and preventing him from playing the outfield, Matsui will most likely end up unsigned at the end of this season.  It will be sad to see him go – he’s been a great team player over the last 6 seasons.

In 1943, the Yankees had 17 walk-off victories.  With 14 this season, the Yankees are tied for second place in franchise history.

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