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08/06/2011 - 7:36pm
Ell-ectric: Sox, Ellsbury stomp CC

Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a career-high six runs on Saturday, three of them on a home run against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, as the Red Sox moved back into a tie for first place in the American League East with a 10-4 thrashing of New York.

Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a sac fly, a three-run homer (his 19th of the year and the first by a left-hander against Sabathia since Adrian Gonzalez connected for one in mid-May) and a two-run single in the eighth to push his RBI total for the year to 72. He is currently on pace to drive in 104 runs, and he's hitting .379 in his last 32 games dating to June 30.

He was not alone in pounding Yankees ace Sabathia. Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three hits against Sabathia, and now has collected hits in each of his last six plate appearances.

The Sox jumped on Sabathia (16-6) for seven runs in his six innings of work. It marked the third time this year that the Sox have scored six or more runs...

08/06/2011 - 2:28pm
O'Brien: 'Competitive' Ocho is 'fitting in'

FOXBORO -- Newly-minted Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said Saturday that star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is progressing well in his effort to learn the Patriots offensive plays and system in time for the start of the season. 

"He's been very professional, works really hard, in the meeting room and on the field," O'Brien said. "He's a competitive guy, takes a lot of pride in it. I'd say that about the whole group of receivers. I think there are 11 of them working right now -- smart guys, competitive guys. Ocho is fitting in. I think he's progressed on a daily basis. Just like everybody else, there are ups and downs in this time of training camp. He's just trying to be as consistent as he can be, like everyone else out there."

Ochocinco is expected to be suited up in his familar No. 85 and ready for action when the Patriots open the preseason on Thursday night at Gillette against the Jaguars. 

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08/06/2011 - 12:39pm
Lineup: Aviles in right, hitting sixth

Nothing like a rivalry game to make your debut at a new position.

In 305 major league games, Mike Aviles had never played in the outfield. But on Saturday night against the Yankees, the 30-year-old will start in right field for the first time and hit sixth. The move may be best explained by the former Royals' numbers against New York starting pitcher CC Sabathia. The right-handed-hitting Aviles is 5-for-10 against the lefty in his career with a double and an RBI. 

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get his second start in a row as he catches Sox starter John Lackey.

Here's the rest of the Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Mike Aviles RF

Carl Crawford LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Marco Scutaro SS

John Lackey SP

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08/06/2011 - 12:10am
Swisher: Yanks prove Sox are 'human'

After claiming just their second win in 10 tries against the Red Sox this season, the Yankees were more relieved than excited about winning Friday night's series opener at Fenway, 3-2, and taking over first place in the AL East by a game over their archrival.

"It definitely shows us that they are human, and they can be beat, and it's a tremendous mental lift for us," said Nick Swisher, who drove in the go-ahead and decisive run in a three-run sixth. 

"Like I said I before, we don't care what we've done before this. It has no bearing. Percentages are probably on our side to win a game, right?" Derek Jeter quipped. "We can't worry about how we played against them early in this season. We feel as though we're playing well, we're pitching well. Yeah, it's a big win because we want to continue to play well but no one here has talked about what happened earlier in the year.

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08/05/2011 - 10:39pm
Second thought: Yanks rally, take opener

Nick Swisher's double past a diving Kevin Youkilis drove in the go-ahead run and four relievers combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3-2, to take over first place in the AL East for the first time since July 7, ending the Red Sox run of 29 days atop the division. In winning their eighth straight, the Yankees improved to 69-42 while the Red Sox fell to 68-43. 

Jon Lester was cruising along through five scoreless innings, having thrown just 73 pitches and allowing just two hits. But in the sixth, the Yankees worked the Red Sox lefty for 35 pitches, starting with a walk to Eduardo Nunez. Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson followed with singles to plate Nunez with the first run. Mark Teixeira worked a walk before Robinson Cano's 4-6-3 double play tied the game. Swisher followed with a line drive down the left field line beyond the outstretched glove of Youkilis to score Teixeira with the go-ahead run. 

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