August 7, 2010

Yankees down Red Sox, 5-2, without A-Rod

The Yankees didn’t need Alex Rodriguez to beat the Red Sox Saturday, 5-2, as CC Sabathia earned his 14th win and Mariano Rivera nailed down his 23rd save.

Best of All: The Yankees used four straight singles with two out in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead and they never looked back.

Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano tallied two hits apiece, while Ramiro Pena, who started at third in A-Rod’s place, drove in a pair.

A-Rod’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

Worst of All: The three biggest slumping Yankees — Derek Jeter, Lance Berkman and Brett Gardner — went hitless.

Coming Up: With the series tied, the Yankees and Red Sox will play a Sunday night showdown between A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett on ESPN.

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