The Yankees received sub-par starting pitching for the second straight night, falling to the Red Sox 10-5 at Fenway Park. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Friday's game...
1) For the second straight night, the Yankees starter got shelled. After Masahiro Tanaka allowed 12 runs on Thursday, James Paxton gave up seven earned on nine hits over just four innings of work. As the trade deadline looms closer, the last couple of performances from Yankees' starters have certainly pointed towards the team bringing in at least one starting pitcher.
2) Mookie Betts got things started with a bang, launching a solo home run off of Paxton to lead off the game. Betts' night was only just beginning though. Last year's AL MVP blasted three home runs, all off of Paxton in the first four innings of the game. Betts finished the night 4-5 with five RBI and those three homers.
3) Cameron Maybin made his return to the Yankees' lineup, and he appeared to be fully healthy. In the top of the fifth inning, he topped a high-chopper to shortstop and legged it out for an infield single. Yankees fans may have been holding their breath as he hustled down the line, but Maybin appeared to be just fine after the play. Later, in the bottom of the seventh, Maybin slammed into the wall trying to make a catch, but again appeared to be okay.
4) Luke Voit finally put the Yankees on the board in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single to the wall in left. Red Sox starter Andrew Cashner had gotten hit hard in his first two starts with his new team, but he held the Yankees to three runs over 6.2 innings, striking out six.
5) Mike Tauchman recorded another multi-hit game, his fourth in his last five starts. Tauchman has raised his batting average to .288 after entering the month of July with a .208 average.
The Yankees and Red Sox play the third game of their four-game set on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. CC Sabathia (5-5, 4.50 ERA) goes for the Yankees against fellow lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 4.10 ERA).