After Further Review, Yanks Drop Sox
First base umpire Bob Davidson tosses out Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell who objected to MLB's ruling of a an overturned fourth-inning force out at first base in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The Yankees Brian McCann scored on the play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York — Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Sunday night with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Beltran had three hits and was pressed into his first career appearance at first base for the banged-up Yankees. Ichiro Suzuki robbed David Ortiz of extra bases with a spectacular catch in the eighth inning to help New York take three of four in the first series of the season between the longtime rivals.
Mike Napoli homered and Felix Doubront (1-2) went 6 2⁄ 3 innings for the Red Sox, who scratched star second baseman Dustin Pedroia before the game due to a sore left wrist.
New York, playing without Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game, scored its third run with the benefit of instant replay in the fourth.
With runners at the corners and one out, the Red Sox thought they turned an inning-ending double play on Francisco Cervelli’s grounder. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out on a bang-bang play, and Cervelli grabbed his right hamstring as he tumbled to the ground.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, which was overturned after a 3-minute replay review. That gave New York another run and a 3-1 lead.
Farrell, surely still bothered by a replay review that curiously went against Boston the day before, pointed to his eyes as he argued with two umpires. He was quickly ejected by Davidson.
Managers aren’t allowed to argue replay rulings.
Major League Baseball acknowledged it made the wrong call on a replay challenge that went against the Red Sox during New York’s 7-4 victory Saturday.
Notes: Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (strained right hamstring) ran the bases again and also was headed to Boston for a checkup today. If that turns out OK, he’s on track to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Portland, Farrell said.