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Yankees 9, Red Sox 5
Alex Rodriguez hit the Bombers' 127th homer at Yankee Stadium this year. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
It was all Yankees in the opener between the Bombers and Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez led the way with four RBIs, even hitting the Yanks' 127th long ball at Yankee Stadium, breaking the club record from 2004 and '05. With the win, New York's magic number to clinch the AL East is three.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (91-62)
Lost 1
NY Yankees 9, Boston 5   NYY
NY Yankees (98-56)
Won 3
September 25, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0   5 8 0
NY Yankees
1 0 4 1 0 2 1 0 X   9 14 1
Standings thru 9/25/09  |  Recap: BOS | NYY  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Yankees stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .302
  Gathright, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Pedroia, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .299
  Woodward, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Martinez, V, 1B 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 .301
  Anderson, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236
Youkilis, 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .304
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 1 3 0 0 2 .237
Bay, LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .265
  Lowrie, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Drew, J, RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .270
  Reddick, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
  a-Baldelli, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .262
Varitek, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .208
Gonzalez, Al, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .239
  Kotchman, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273
Totals 33 5 8 5 3 8 15  

a-Walked for Reddick in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Drew, J (29, Chamberlain).
HR: Martinez, V (22, 4th inning off Chamberlain, 0 on, 2 out), Ortiz, D (27, 6th inning off Chamberlain, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Ortiz, D 4; Drew, J 3; Youkilis 2; Martinez, V 5; Bay.
RBI: Martinez, V (102), Ortiz, D 3 (94), Youkilis (87).
2-out RBI: Martinez, V; Ortiz, D 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellsbury 2.
GIDP: Varitek, Kotchman.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pedroia (20, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Posada).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Ellsbury (Matsui at home).
DP: (Pedroia-Gonzalez, Al-Martinez, V).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 .284
  Gardner, B, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .293
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 3 3 4 2 0 0 .288
Matsui, DH 3 1 2 0 2 0 3 .280
Posada, C 4 0 2 2 1 1 3 .286
  1-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 .321
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 3 2 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 .272
Totals 36 9 14 9 9 8 23  

1-Ran for Posada in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Cano (47, Lester), Rodriguez, Al (17, Bowden).
HR: Rodriguez, Al (28, 3rd inning off Lester, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Posada 2; Cano 3; Teixeira 2; Matsui 2; Jeter 2; Rodriguez, Al 7; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, Al 4 (93), Cabrera, Me (66), Jeter (65), Posada 2 (81), Teixeira (119).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, Al; Teixeira.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Damon 2; Cano; Matsui 2; Cabrera, Me.
GIDP: Cano.
Team RISP: 7-for-21.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jeter 2 (30, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek), Rodriguez, Al 3 (14, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek, 3rd base off Lester/Varitek, 2nd base off Jones, H/Varitek), Cano (5, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek), Damon (11, 2nd base off Bowden/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Damon (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (L, 14-8) 2.1 8 5 5 3 3 1 3.52
Jones, H 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 8.10
Bowden 2.1 3 2 2 2 3 0 7.84
Delcarmen 1.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 4.37
Ramirez, R 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.02
 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (W, 9-6) 6.0 5 3 3 1 5 2 4.72
Aceves, A 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.82
Albaladejo 0.1 2 2 1 1 1 0 4.96
Marte 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.75
Hughes, P 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.02
Coke 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.71

Game Scores: Lester , Chamberlain .
WP: Bowden.
Pitches-strikes: Lester 78-47, Jones, H 31-18, Bowden 55-31, Delcarmen 35-19, Ramirez, R 14-7, Chamberlain 86-52, Aceves, A 7-6, Albaladejo 22-12, Marte 2-2, Hughes, P 5-4, Coke 14-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lester 2-1, Jones, H 1-1, Bowden 1-1, Delcarmen 1-0, Ramirez, R 1-1, Chamberlain 6-2, Aceves, A 1-0, Albaladejo 0-0, Marte 1-0, Hughes, P 0-0, Coke 1-0.
Batters faced: Lester 18, Jones, H 5, Bowden 10, Delcarmen 8, Ramirez, R 4, Chamberlain 24, Aceves, A 3, Albaladejo 4, Marte 1, Hughes, P 1, Coke 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, H 3-1, Bowden 2-1, Delcarmen 1-0, Marte 2-1, Hughes, P 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Jeff Kellogg. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 63 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, L to R.
T: 3:52.
Att: 48,449.
Venue: Yankee Stadium.
September 25, 2009
September 25, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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