Fister ignores bunt, baffles Yankees; Nunez gets revenge with homer

Fister ignores bunt, baffles Yankees; Nunez gets revenge with homer”

It turns out the latest kerfuffle between the Red Sox and Yankees has little to do with the actual rivalry. Eduardo Nunez added a hit and scored a run.

The Red Sox lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games over NY.

Those homers were enough for Fister (4-8), who held the Yankees to one run and four hits by working quickly and constantly getting groundouts.

Sabathia (11-5) improved to 4-0 this season against the Red Sox and 8-0 after a NY defeat, getting the win after NY was swept in a three-game series by the Cleveland Indians. He surrendered one earned run on three hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in seven innings during a 6-3 home win over the Mariners his last time out. Somehow, Nunez went down and got it, the ball jumping off his bat for his eighth home run.

Andrew Benintendi smashed a two-out, solo homer in the fifth on a first-pitch fastball. Gray had allowed two runs or fewer in 11 straight starts, but that streak came to an end in this one.

RAYS 3, WHITE SOX 1 Logan Morrison hit his 34th home run and drove in three runs, Blake Snell pitched into the seventh inning to win his third consecutive decision and Tampa Bay beat host Chicago.

Sabathia, Yankees top Red Sox, 6-2

Judge struck out, grounded out and flied to the center field warning track in his last three times up.

It certainly wasn't Lou Piniella barreling into Carlton Fisk at home plate in 1976, it wasn't Pedro Martinez tossing Don Zimmer to the ground at Fenway in Game 3 of the ALCS, it wasn't Jason Varitek shoving his glove into Alex Rodriguez's face in 2004, and, truth be told, it was not even A-Rod with his slap play on Bronson Arroyo in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. "You try to get on base any way you can". The first two batters Fister faced, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, hit back-to-back doubles, and the Yankees had a 1-0 lead before Fister recorded an out. Yankees DH Matt Holliday was activated off the disabled list after missing 25 games with a back injury.

"I'm not anxious about him".

"I don't care if he gets mad at me", Nunez said. "The only thing you can do in this situation is keep grinding. I wouldn't say there's no shot if we don't, but we're starting to feel the urgency that we need to win this series". If my son bunts on me, I'm going to cuss him out.

I'm curious, is not bunting on a pitcher with leg issues another one of those infamous "unwritten rules" that players talk about?

Former Yankees star Bernie Williams performed the national anthem, playing it on his guitar as part of a pregame ceremony to raise awareness for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare lung disease that claimed the life of his father. He singled in four at-bats and made a nifty diving stop to rob Jacoby Ellsbury of a hit.

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