The Yankees have been here before against the Red Sox.
They started 0-8 against their rival in 2009, a season in which they won the World Series.
But, of course, that means nothing for 2011 and so far this season the Yankees have been all kinds of awful against the Red Sox, most recently in an 11-6 loss last night in front of 47,863 at the Stadium, a crowd that again included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.
"There's no way we should lose seven of eight to anybody," said Mark Teixeira, who went 1-for-4 with two RBIs one night after getting drilled in the right knee by Jon Lester. "We want to switch that around."
The Yankees (33-26) slipped behind the Red Sox (35-26) in the AL East.
"We play these guys so much, if you don't play well, they're going to beat you," said Derek Jeter, who went 1-for-5, his fifth- inning double giving him career hit No. 2,989. "They've outplayed us. They have a good team. They can hit, they can pitch, they can do a little bit of everything. If you don't play well they're going to beat you and that's been the case."
Jeter was in the middle of a play that seemed to have manager Joe Girardi angriest after the game. The Yankees, who trailed 7-0 going into the bottom of the fourth before Alex Rodriguez got them on the board against Tim Wakefield with a solo home run, cut it to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
But they wasted an opportunity to do better. Francisco Cervelli's run-scoring single against former Yankee Alfredo Aceves kept the bases loaded with one out. With Derek Jeter at the plate, Aceves unleashed a high and tight fastball that bounced off Jason Varitek's glove and went to the backstop. Jeter waved Brett Gardner home, but Gardner was on his way back to third. He could be seen mouthing to coach Rob Thomson that he thought the ball hit Jeter, who jumped back at the inside pitch. Jeter then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
"It's not a good read there and the score's probably 8-7 if [Gardner] scores there, and it changes the complexion of the game a lot," Girardi said, assuming Eduardo Nunez would have moved to third with one out and, presumably, would have been driven in by Jeter. "I'm not exactly sure what happened but it ended up hurting us."
Afterward, Gardner repeated what he told Thomson.
"I wish I had gone as soon as I saw the ball get by him," Gardner said. "But the way Jeet reacted initially, I thought that it hit him. I just sort of froze for a second and it was too late."
Very much in need of a lift from their starter, the Yankees got the opposite from A.J. Burnett, who continued his struggles against the Red Sox in pinstripes.
Burnett (6-4, 4.37) allowed a season-worst eight runs -- seven earned -- in 52/3 innings and fell to 0-4 with an 8.01 ERA in his last nine starts against the Red Sox. He allowed seven hits, including a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the Red Sox's three-run first.
Boone Logan, who hasn't been getting enough lefties out (they're 12-for-37 against him) allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth to close Burnett's line.
"We haven't pitched consistently against them," Girardi said. "We need to make pitches."