Game 87. Yanks lose, 5-3.

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Ivan Nova has pitched decently (3.42 ERA) since his return from TJ surgery, but with some hard luck. He fell to 1-3 last night with the help of some fielding miscues as well as not enough hitting as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-3.

The Yanks still have a 3-game lead in the AL East.

A-Rod got the scoring started by homering (18, #672 career) in the first. Boston tied it in the third with the help of a throwing error by Yanks backup C John Ryan Murphy.

Nova gave up a two-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fourth. 3-1 Boston.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who had three hits in the game, homered (2) in the sixth to cut it to 3-2.

In the seventh, Adam Warren was one strike away from getting out of the inning and stranding a baserunner when Chris Young misplayed a fly ball into a run scoring triple. Boston got a run on this and another run later in the inning to break the game open a bit. 5-2.

Brett Gardner’s RBI double in the eighth made it 5-3.

Down to their last out, and with the tying run at the plate, Brian McCann’s deep flyball wasn’t pulled enough, and went into the “triangle” at Fenway, where it was caught for the final out of the game. If he had pulled it a little….

Rob Refsnyder was 0 for 3 in his MLB debut.

Nova (L, 1-3, 3.42) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Warren 0 Ip, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.57. 3 batters, no outs.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 H, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.02
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.89.

Today is the last game before the all-star break. The Yanks will then resume on Friday at home vs. Seattle. By the way, you have seen how poorly Robbie Cano is doing this year, haven’t you?

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