Yankees-Red Sox: Grading the Boston Massacre

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees poses during Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 7-1. It's only Spring Training, but it's always fun when the Yankees win over the Red Sox.  It was close throughout the whole game, but the Yankees beat up on some bad Red Sox pitching at the end.


Brett Gardner, A+

He legged out a triple with his speed then scored on an infield single by Johnny Damon. The fielder for the Red Sox almost caught the ball that Gardner hit, but once he missed it, it was off to the races for Gardner

AJ Burnett, A

He ran out of gas in the sixth inning but was great for five innings. This is the most he’s pitched this spring so he’ll get better as we move toward the season.

Mariano Rivera, A

What more can I say about Mariano Rivera? He’s a god. He pitched one inning and struck out two batters without having anyone get on base.

Angel Berroa, A

He drove in the winning run when the game was tied at 1-1. Berroa is showing why he was a first-round pick for the Royals. He’s having a great spring.

Johnny Damon, A

He beat out the throw to first to get an infield single and drove in Gardner. He then stole a base on Tim Wakefield, which you’re supposed to do. If I was a manager of a baseball team that was playing against a team Tim Wakefield was pitching for, I’d make my runners steal every time they’re on base and there’s a base open.

Austin Jackson, A

He had only one at-bat, but boy did he make it count. He hit a grand slam. He reminds me of Alfonso Soriano with the way he swings his bat and the way he looks as a player.

Player of the Game
: A.J. Burnett

He went pitch for pitch with Tim Wakefield and kept the Yankees in the game.


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