Recap - Sox drop series opener to Yankees

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Michael Pineda limited the Red Sox to just 1 run on 4 hits through 6+ innings as Boston dropped the opener of their 4-games series with the Yankees 4-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It was Pineda's 1st major league win since 2011.

The lone Red Sox run came in the top of the 7th when Daniel Nava homered off Pineda; for Nava it was his first long ball of the season. Cesar Cabral and David Phelps didn't allow a hit in their combined two innings of relief work.

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Clay Buchholz (pictured) took the loss for Boston. He was charged with all 4 New York runs although only 2 of them were earned. Jonathan Herrera opened the flood gates with his error on a Jacoby Ellsbury ground ball; Ellsbury scored 2 batters later on a Brian McCann single.

The lone bright spots in the Red Sox lineup were the home run by Nava and 2 more hits for rookie Xander Bogaerts.

Some Red Sox fans were a little (ridiculously...Jon Lester anyone?) up in arms over what appeared to be a substantial amount of pine tar on Pineda's arm and hand.

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