Ramirez blasts two homers as Red Sox sweep Yankees
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[September 19, 2016]
BOSTON -- It's hard not to make
comparisons between Hanley Ramirez and the great Manny Ramirez given
the way the former has been swinging the bat.
Hanley, once projected to be the Red Sox's next great hitter when he
was signed as an amateur free agent in 2000, never got his chance to
prove his mettle in Boston after being traded to the Florida Marlins
Manny, on the other hand, had won a World Series ring the year prior
and went on to win another with the club in 2007, cementing himself
as one of the greatest hitters of his generation.
His iconic swing and wacky mannerisms earned him a place of
endearment in the hearts of Red Sox fans. A sense of endearment that
Hanley is finally getting the chance to earn in Boston.
"That's a pretty lofty comparison," Red Sox manager John Farrell
said after Hanley's two-homer, four-RBI night led Boston to a 5-4
win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
"We'll take the current Ramirez obviously."
The current Ramirez has been on a Manny-like tear lately, going
9-for-16 and bashing four homers and driving in nine runs in the
four-game set with the Yankees.
Ramirez launched the go-ahead solo shot clear over the Green Monster
in left field in the seventh inning, two innings after his blasted a
three-run Monster shot.
Ramirez has 28 homers on the year, nine in September and 20 since
the All-Star break.
He also matched his career high in RBIs at 106, set in 2009 with the
"He's locked in," Farrell said. "He's very dangerous right now."
Boston (85-64) moved a season-high 21 games over .500 and captured
its first sweep of New York (77-72) in a series of four or more
games in 26 years since June 4-7, 1990.
"I think we all are (hot), the whole team," Ramirez said. "We've
been able to create some rallies ... and continue to fight all the
way to the end."
The Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for
first place in the American League East. Meanwhile, the Yankees fell
eight games behind in the division and four back of the second AL
"You're still playing the teams in front of you, some of them, so
we've got to start over Tuesday," New York manager Joe Girardi said.
Robby Scott earned his first career victory in 2/3 innings of relief
Koji Uehara notched his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz stumbled through a 3 2/3-inning
no-decision, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with
Pomeranz is 0-3 in five starts since his last win Aug. 20 at
Gary Sanchez smashed his second home run in as many days and his
16th of the season in just 41 games, the most by a Yankees rookie
since Hideki Matsui clubbed 16 in 2003.
The only Yankees rookie to hit more homers in a season was Alfonso
Soriano, who hit 18 in 2001.
Tyler Clippard (1-1 in AL) took the loss after coughing up Ramirez's
Yankees starter CC Sabathia tossed four scoreless frames before
surrendering three runs in the fifth and another in the second.
He gave up eight hits and walked three with five punch outs in a
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Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez (13) rounds the bases after
hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the New York
Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY
After Ramirez's homer shaved three runs off the Red Sox's deficit in
the fifth, Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game at 4 an inning later
with his RBI single to right field.
David Ortiz was greeted with a raucous ovation when he entered as a
pinch hitter for catcher Bryan Holaday the next at-bat, but he
struck out swinging.
Ramirez cleared the Monster with his decisive seventh-inning blast.
Didi Gregorius drove in the game's first run with a first-inning
Sanchez doubled the lead when he ripped a Pomeranz cutter off the
top of the Green Monster in left for his homer with two outs in the
Pomeranz got into trouble in the fourth when he walked the bases
loaded with nobody out.
Brett Gardner brought a run in on his fielders' choice to second
Ronald Torreyes followed with a grounder to third baseman Travis
Shaw, who fired to second for the force out. Mason Williams took off
from third after Shaw's throw and beat the throw at home plate.
Sabathia allowed the Red Sox to put a pair of runners in scoring
position after overthrowing first baseman Billy Butler on a
potential inning-ending double play in the fifth.
"It was a tough play," Sabathia said. "I was trying to hit him on
the move. I end up short arming it and it kind of sailed on me."
One at-bat later, Ramirez unloaded on a 3-1 Sabathia slider for a
homer to bring Boston within a run.
NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (rest) did not start. Ortiz served as
an honorary captain for the New England Patriots' game at Gillette
Stadium on Sunday. He wore a Tom Brady jersey before putting on a
custom "Big Papi" Patriots jersey. ... Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury
(bone bruise in right knee), 2B Starlin Castro (right hamstring
strain) and 3B Chase Headley (stiff lower back) weren't in the
lineup. Ellsbury and Castro underwent MRI exams Sunday, and all
three will travel to Tampa. ... New York INF Donovan Solano had his
contract selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he
started at second base. ... Yankees RHP Anthony Swarzak (shoulder
inflammation) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and RHP
Chad Green (strained right forearm tendon) was moved to the 60-day
DL. ... Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello opposes Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy on
Monday. Yankees RHP Michael Pineda counters Rays LHP Drew Smyly on
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