Napoli Homers, Dempster and pen sharp, Sox somnambulent at bat; 5-2 Yanks

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Sep 12, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) slides into third base for a triple against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dempster hung horse collars around the Yanks’ necks in three innings, Ws: 0, Ks: 2 with  just 28 pitches; only three were balls. In two Grapefruit League games, Dempster has not been scored upon

“It was a good day of pounding the right part of the strike zone,” Dempster said. “I got ahead of most of the hitters and just tried to execute pitches.”

New 1b Mike Napoli rocked a BP grapefruit over the 420-sign in right-center. It was Napoli’s second game and first HR; significantly it was the only hit allowed by Yankees Minor Leaguer Adam Warren, who struck out two in three innings.

The Sox offense was at the beach, managing just two hits by Napoli and Drew.

Closer Joel Hanrahan lasted just 2/3 of the 6th, when things went weird funhouse on the Sox and NY Yankees capitalized on two errors by third baseman Drew Sutton. Hanny gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Nunez. Although just one the three runs he surrendered was earned, Hanrahan walked two.  Appropriately, Hanrahan took the L.

LHP Andrew Miller struck out the side in an inning of work and RHP Koji Uehara also put a zero in his inning. Tazawa added another shutout inning with 3 Ks in 1.1 innings.

The most offensive Sox hit of the game came in the 5th, when Saltalamacchia sent a grounder through the box that struck second base and caromed into LF; he loped down to first and, surprisingly, continued toward second, where a last ditch dash and a wide throw by LF Gardiner allowed him to slide in safely.  Salty was razzed by his team mates for his shocking show of speed and dexterity.

Oh, 5-2, Yanks.



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