Yankees beat Red Sox, 3-2, in wild, wacky game
There was a full moon over Yankee Stadium Sunday night. That's the first thing you have to know.
The second thing is the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3-2. How they got there is how you know there must have been a full moon.
The third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth things:
** Derek Jeter missed his second straight game with a "tight" right quadriceps and Brian Roberts was out after having an MRI on his sore lower back. So the Yankees -- who already were carrying 13 pitchers -- were dangerously short on position players going in;
** Francisco Cervelli, who made his second career start at first base, suffered a right hamstring injury after tripping while running out a would-be inning-ending double-play ball in the fourth inning and will be put on the disabled list. "I believe we've lost him for a little bit," Joe Girardi said;
** The "out" call on Cervelli was overturned after a replay review, giving the Yankees their third run -- the one that proved to be the game-winner. Red Sox manager John Farrell, already steamed over a botched replay review Saturday, was ejected for arguing the reversal;
** Carlos Beltran, who gave the Yankees the lead for good with a two-run home run in the third and also had a single and double, made his first career appearance at first base after Ichiro Suzuki ran for Cervelli;
** Ivan Nova, who was hit on the left foot by a single in the second inning, shook it off and allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his best 2014 start. He gave up eight hits, walked none and struck out four;
** With the Yankees out of healthy position players, Yangervis Solarte was tagged in the groin while running to first in the sixth. Solarte limped out to his position (second base) in the seventh, saving the Yankees from having to use designated hitter Alfonso Soriano in the field and losing the DH;
** Catcher Brian McCann was hit on the right index finger by a pitch that also hit batter A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth. McCann, in obvious pain, stayed in the game after a few warmup throws. He later said he's fine but will have it X-rayed.
How wacky was it? The top nine things that happened Sunday night don't include the Yankees losing a run in the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out at third base by centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the third out before Beltran touched the plate on what should have been a sacrifice fly. Beltran, who was running from third but not sprinting, crossed the plate well after Ellsbury was tagged out, negating the run.
Also not making it: Ichiro robbing David Ortiz of at least a double for the second out of the eighth by crashing into the scoreboard in right-centerfield.
The gem became all the more important when the Red Sox then loaded the bases before David Phelps struck out pinch hitter Mike Carp on a 2-and-2 pitch to end the inning.
Shawn Kelley struck out two in the ninth for his third save as the Yankees took three of four against their rivals. The game ended on a sliding catch by Ellsbury in left-center.
General manager Brian Cashman will have Monday's off day to figure out what to do with his injured players before Tuesday's game against the Cubs. The first concern, of course, is Jeter, who did not speak to reporters at any point Sunday.
Girardi said Jeter first felt the injury during Friday night's 4-2 loss. He played the entire game before taking a planned day off Saturday.
Sunday night's was not planned. Girardi said that because the Yankees are off Monday, he decided to give his 39-year-old shortstop three straight days of rest.
Girardi said no tests were planned and that he hopes to have Jeter back in the lineup Tuesday. He also said Jeter would be available Sunday night in an emergency -- but when multiple emergencies came up, Jeter did not emerge from the dugout.
Girardi said Dean Anna was the emergency catcher and added that Jeter would have entered the game if Anna had to catch. He also could have put Soriano in the field and lost the DH.
Girardi said of Beltran: "I didn't have a whole lot of choices tonight. It just tells you the type of player he is. I asked him if he had ever played first. He said, 'Whatever you need. No.' I said, 'All right. Get a first baseman's mitt. You're going.' "
Ichiro, the other choice to play first base, said, "He kind of looked at us both."
Said Beltran: "Thank God nobody hit the baseball to me."
Incidentally, Girardi said Jeter was "not real happy" about being told he would not be playing. That was the most normal thing that happened all night.