Best Images of the Weekend: New York Yankees Sweep of Boston Red Sox

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2012

Best Images of the Weekend: New York Yankees Sweep of Boston Red Sox

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    It was intended to be a joyous weekend in Boston as the New York Yankees came to town to take on the Boston Red Sox.

    Fenway Park's 100th birthday was celebrated by many past Sox greats on Friday afternoon. When the game got underway, the Sox celebration quickly ended.

    The Yankees received stellar pitching on Friday by Ivan Nova and then participated in a seemingly miraculous nine-run comeback on Saturday.

    While Philip Humber was throwing a perfect game across the country, Nick Swisher was hitting a grand slam to rally the Yankees and stunning Fenway.

    The series finale was rained out, and the Yankees exited Boston leading the season series 2-0.

100 Years of Fenway Park

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    Friday afternoon was a celebration of 100 years of baseball at Fenway Park for the Red Sox.

    The ballpark looked better than ever and the crowd couldn't wait for the game to get underway.

Yankees in Highlanders Uniforms

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    The New York Yankees wore a throwback uniform from 1912 and were the New York Highlanders for the day.

1912 Red Sox

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    The Red Sox wore their throwback uniforms in honor of the celebration of 100 years of Fenway. No matter which uniform they wore, however, nothing could stop the super-Nova.


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    Ivan Nova improved to 3-0 after pitching six innings against the Sox. He allowed two runs while striking out five and not issuing a walk.

    He has now won 15 consecutive regular season decisions.

A-Rod Gives Yanks a First-Inning Lead

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    Alex Rodriguez started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single scoring Derek Jeter. The Yankees took the 1-0 lead and never looked back in game one of the series.

    A-Rod blasted a home run in the fifth inning and passed Ken Griffey, Jr for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time home run list.

Chavez Goes Deep Twice

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    Eric Chavez was a one-man wrecking crew at Fenway on Friday. He hit two home runs to contribute to the six runs the Yankees would score on the day.

    Chavez has been a pivotal utility player for the Yanks.

Many Amazing Games

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    There have been many amazing games played at Fenway, and Saturday exhibited another great game that will be remembered for a while.

BoSox Take Early Lead

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    Adrian Gonzalez rounded the bases and scored on a David Ortiz double. The run gave the Sox an early 2-0 lead in the game.

    Ortiz finished the afternoon perfect, going 4-for-4 and adding a walk. Gonzalez finished 1-for-5.

Teixeira's First Home Run

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    Trailing 9-0, Teixeira put the Yankees' first run on the board with a solo home run in the sixth.

    The home run seemed insignificant at the time as it cut the lead to 9-1, but it was the spark that the offense needed.

Swish Slam

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    Nick Swisher had himself a day on Saturday and orchestrated the Yankees' comeback. 

    He blasted a grand slam in the seventh and added a double and a single on the afternoon. He knocked in six RBI in a career day at Fenway.

Three-Run Home Run Makes It 9-8

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    Teixeira's second home run was the beginning of the end for the Red Sox.

    After Swisher's grand slam, Cano doubled and A-Rod reached base on an error. Teixeira stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run home run to bring the Yankees to within one run at 9-8.

    The home run capped a seven-run seventh inning and gave Teixeira six RBI on the afternoon.

Swisher Puts Yanks on Top 10-9

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    Swisher struck again in the eighth after a Nunez walk and Jeter single. Swisher hit a double that gave the Yankees a 10-9 lead when Jeter motored around the bases and slid across home.

A Lead Finally

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    The Yankees bench exploded when Swisher put the Yanks on top.

    Teixeira led the cheers from the bench as the Yankees never looked back on the lead.

Let the Celebration Begin

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    Three hours and 52 minutes after first pitch and 15 unanswered runs later, the Yankees were able to celebrate an improbable win.

    The sweep gives the Yankees a 9-6 record while the Red Sox fall to 4-10.