Whitlock Pitches Red Sox Over Yanks 3-2 in Rivals' 1st Meeting This Year

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2023-06-10 01:44:08  • 5 mins

NEW YORK (AP) Fans had waited more than two months for the first Yankees-Red Sox game of the year. It did not disappoint, at least for Boston.

With the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead with two on and two outs in the ninth inning, Anthony Volpe came to the plate and drove a full-count slider from Kenley Jansen deep down the left-field line.

I knew it was hooking. I just wanted it to hit the pole or something, said the rookie, playing for the first time in the rivalry following years of watching from the stands.

After the ball landed about 10 feet foul, Volpe popped up the next pitch to shortstop and Boston earned a 3-2 win over New York on Friday night in the first of 13 meetings this season.

From 2001 through last year, there were 18 or 19 matchups annually under the unbalanced schedule. A crowd of 46,007 filled Yankee Stadium in the ballparks sixth sellout this season.

You can tell from the get-go. When I got out there at 6:30 for a 7 o'clock game, 7:10, you see the people up there in right field, way up there, there's people there, you know it's going to be fun, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. It was loud.

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