June 22, 2018
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Pedroia out of Red Sox lineup with wrist injury, exam set Monday

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports
Brad Penner | USA Today Sports
New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium in New York Saturday.
By Larry Fleisher, The Sports Xchange

NEW YORK — Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the sparkplug of the Boston Red Sox lineup, was scratched from Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees due to soreness in his left wrist.

Pedroia fell on his wrist while turning a double play in last week’s series against the Brewers in Boston. He is returning to Boston for an exam of his wrist Monday morning and his status for a three-game series in Chicago is uncertain.

Pedroia reported to Yankee Stadium early on Sunday for batting practice, but his wrist soreness persisted and he was unable to continue.

He has struggled at the plate and is 6-for-40 since April. 4. He was also plagued by an injury last season as he played with a ligament tear in his left thumb that occurred on opening day.

While Pedroia left the lineup, it looks like Sox closer Koji Uehara will be returning soon after undergoing a good throwing session on Sunday, according to manager John Farrell.

Uehara, who has been suffering from right shoulder stiffness, will also have an exam on Monday in Boston and if he passes then he will rejoin the team for its series against Chicago.

On Sunday night, the Yankees took a 3-2 lead into the eighth.

The Red Sox scored their first run in the second inning with a two-out rally that started when Ryan Roberts singled to center. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a single that hit off the foot of pitcher Ivan Nova, allowing Roberts to advance to third. Jonathan Herrera followed with a line-drive single to score Roberts, but Grady Sizemore lined out to right, ending the rally.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the second when Carlos Beltran launched a hanging breaking ball from left-hander Felix Doubront into the seats in left. Brett Gardner, who had singled to right, scored on the play.

New York added another run in the fourth on a controversial play, which ultimately led to Farrell being ejected.

The umpires used baseball’s new replay system to reverse an out call at first base and the result was a run for the Yankees. At first it looked like the Red Sox turned a double play as Ryan Roberts fielded Francisco Cervelli’s grounder, threw to Jonathan Herrera at second for the first out and then Herrera relayed the ball to first to get Cervelli. However, New York manager Joe Girardi issued a challenge and the call was reversed after the video review.

Farrell protested and was ejected.

Boston’s Mike Napoli cut New York’s lead to 3-2 in the sixth when he lined a solo shot to left.

On Saturday, Yankee catcher Brian McCann put an emphatic end to his early-season struggles with a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and he also threw out a runner to end the top of the seventh in a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox.

“I’ve seen it so many times,” said first baseman Kelly Johnson, who spent four seasons with McCann on the Atlanta Braves. “It was only a matter of time. I don’t know if you’re going to worry about him, but I certainly wasn’t.”

“Not really,” McCann said when asked about struggling in the first week of a five-year contract with the Yankees. “It’s baseball. If it wasn’t so early in the season, it wouldn’t be that big a deal because there’s probably going to be four or five of them (slumps) during the course of 162 games. When it’s early, everything’s magnified. You want to get off to a hot start, but at the same time we’re a week and a half into the season.”

McCann hit two of the five home runs for the Yankees, who came into the game with seven home runs in their first 11 games, spanning 369 at-bats.

Designated hitter Carlos Beltran, right fielder Alfonso Soriano and Johnson also hit home runs in New York’s first five-homer game since April 9, 2013, at Cleveland.

The homers that had the most significance were hit by McCann, who was 6-for-38 after striking out for the final out of the first after Beltran’s second home run gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

In his second at-bat against Boston starter John Lackey (2-1), McCann drove a first-pitch fastball into the right-field seats. In his third at-bat against Lackey, McCann recorded his 10th career multi-home run game and first since May 28 by sending a 2-1 hanging slider into the New York bullpen beyond the right-center field fence.

That home run increased a 4-2 lead to 6-2. When starter Hiroki Kuroda tired in the seventh, it proved to be the decisive shot.

Kuroda (2-1) allowed four runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings on a day he said his breaking pitches were not the sharpest. He allowed a two-run home run to A.J. Pierzynski in the second and then retired 15 of the next 19 hitters before hitting trouble in the seventh.

With two on, left-hander Matt Thornton struck out David Ortiz on a pitch that the designated hitter objected to being a strike. Thornton then hit first baseman Mike Napoli and gave up a two-run single to Mike Carp.

Then McCann came through with the biggest out when Carp ran on a 1-2 pitch by Dellin Betances. Carp was not close to stealing second and McCann made a perfect throw for the final out.

“That’s part of who he is,” Johnson said. “He’s focused on calling the game. He’s focused on doing the best he can for the pitchers and he’s really trying to be an all-around player.”

Carp said he thought the pitch was going to be a breaking ball but had already started running on the fastball.

“We took a gamble and lost,” Farrell said of Carp’s attempted stolen base.

Adam Warren struck out two in the eighth and Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his second career save.

Lackey allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also allowed a career-high four home runs as the Red Sox lost for the seventh time in 12 games.

“We’re only 12 games in,” Pierzynski said. “Things are going to be fine.”

NOTES: Manager Joe Girardi kept SS Derek Jeter out of the starting lineup because the Yankees were playing their first day game after a night game at home. Girardi addressed potential fan disappointment that Jeter was held out: “I have to manage him with a focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not being a farewell tour. I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.” … RHP Koji Uehara might test his stiff right shoulder by throwing before Sunday’s game, although manager John Farrell said that since the Red Sox are off Monday, Uehara might return to Boston for tests. … Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia snapped a 0-for-12 slump with a fifth-inning double. … New York rookie 3B Yangervis Solarte ended a 0-for-11 stretch with two singles.

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