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Ellsbury steals share of mark.

Byline: Bill Ballou

Yankees 20, Red Sox 11

Fenway Park, Boston 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

N.Y. 2 4 0 0 6 3 1 0 4 20 23 1

Boston 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 4 11 12 1

Winning pitcher: Pettitte (10-6). Losing pitcher: Penny (7-8). Att: 37,869.

It almost seemed like Jacoby Ellsbury purposely waited to get home before he tied Tommy Harper's record.

Ellsbury stole his 54th base of the season in the first inning last night, matching the mark set by Harper in 1973. The Red Sox center fielder had 52 steals heading into Boston's recent six-game road trip, but had only one steal attempt - successful - on the trip.

The stolen base led to the Sox's first run, but with the Yankees piling up runs on the way to what was eventually a 12-1 lead, there were no opportunities for Ellsbury to break the record.

He is on a pace for 72 stolen bases for the season

Ellsbury has been thrown out just eight times and his success ratio of 87.1 percent makes him one of just four American Leaguers to steal 50 bases with a better than 80 percent success rate since 1920. The others are Willie Wilson, Bert Campaneris and Rickey Henderson.

Never safe

It was the equivalent of a self-induced beanball war in the first inning.

Johnny Damon fouled a ball off his right knee and, after striking out, left the game. Victor Martinez fouled a ball off his foot, but wasn't in nearly as much pain as Damon and remained in the game.

Night moves

The Sox, needing some depth in the bullpen, brought up rookie pitcher Michael Bowden from Pawtucket. Boston also activated Rocco Baldelli from the disabled list. To create room on the roster, reliever Francisco Cabrera was designated for assignment, and outfielder Brian Anderson was sent to the PawSox.

Captain connects

Jason Varitek replaced Martinez behind the plate halfway through the game - and homered in the ninth inning - and Francona also hopes to use him to catch today and tomorrow night. Varitek had not played since Aug. 15. He suffered a spasm in his neck last Tuesday, but has been bothered by soreness in the area for about two months.

Daisuke Matsuzaka worked a side session in Fort Myers yesterday and is on schedule for pitch for Boston's Gulf Coast League team down there on Monday.

Leave the tape

It always seem like Joe West's umpiring crew is involved in home run replays more than any other crew, and it almost happened again last night in the fifth inning. Alex Rodriguez smashed a shot off the very top of the Green Monster and wound up with a single.

The umpires conferred after things had settled down but did not go to the videotape which, as it turned out, would have proven them right.

Power to the left

J.D. Drew's two home runs off Jays lefty Brett Cecil on Thursday night marked the first time a Red Sox left-handed batter homered twice off a southpaw in the same game in six years, or since Todd Walker did it against Randy Wolf of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium on June 21, 2003.

Remy's return

Jerry Remy did his first full game as NESN analyst since taking a leave of absence at the end of April. Remy dealt with the aftereffects of cancer surgery and battled depression along the way.

"I'm a little nervous," he said before the game. "It sort of feels like being a player on Opening Day."

Remy plans to work a limited schedule the rest of the way, doing most of the Boston's home games. He said the results of his latest tests show no recurrence of cancer.

Remy was reintroduced to the crowd after the second inning and received a standing ovation, as he did during the last Sox homestand when he returned to Fenway for a cameo appearance.

Diamond Dust

Rookie Junichi Tazawa makes his fourth big-league appearance, and third start, for the Red Sox at 4:10 this afternoon. Tazawa was beaten by the Yankees in his debut, a relief effort, on Aug. 7 when Alex Rodriguez homered in the bottom of the 15th. A.J. Burnett, who is 10-6 with a 3.69 ERA, gets the start for New York. ... Happy birthday to Carl Yastrzemski, who is 70 today. Yaz was 28 in 1967 when he was baseball's last Triple Crown winner. ... Jason Bay failed to get a hit against the Yankees for the first time in 10 games this season. ... The loss snapped Boston's seven-game winning streak at Fenway Park vs. New York. ... Martinez is the first American Leaguer to play at least 50 games at both first base and catcher, and hit at least 20 home runs in a season, since Mickey Tettleton in 1993. Gene Tenace and Gus Triandos also did it.

Box score

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Jeter ss 6 3 3 2 0 0 .333

Damon lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .284

Hinske lf 4 2 2 1 1 0 .262

Teixeira 1b 5 3 3 3 1 0 .286

A.Rodriguez 3b 4 2 4 1 1 0 .263

b-Hairston Jr. ph-3b 0 1 0 0 1 0 .290

H.Matsui dh 6 2 2 7 0 1 .266

Posada c 5 2 2 2 1 1 .275

Cano 2b 6 2 1 1 0 0 .311

Swisher rf 6 1 2 1 0 2 .246

Me.Cabrera cf 6 2 4 2 0 0 .273

Totals 49 20 23 20 5 5

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ellsbury cf 4 2 1 2 1 1 .300

Pedroia 2b 5 0 2 1 0 0 .296

V.Martinez c 2 0 0 1 0 1 .289

Varitek c 1 1 1 1 1 0 .225

Youkilis 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .304

Kotchman 1b 2 1 1 0 0 0 .233

Bay lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .255

N.Green lf 2 2 1 0 1 0 .230

D.Ortiz dh 4 2 2 2 1 0 .227

Lowell 3b 5 2 3 2 0 1 .301

J.Drew rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259

a-Baldelli ph-rf 2 1 1 1 1 0 .265

Ale.Gonzalez ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 .208

Totals 37 11 12 10 5 5

a-doubled for J.Drew in the 5th. b-walked for A.Rodriguez in the 9th.

E-Cano (7), N.Green (15). LOB-New York 7, Boston 7. 2B-Jeter (22), Hinske 2 (3), Teixeira (34), Posada (21), Cano (34), Swisher (24), Me.Cabrera (21), Pedroia 2 (36), D.Ortiz (26), Baldelli (4). 3B-A.Rodriguez (1). HR-H.Matsui (20), off Bowden; H.Matsui (21), off R.Ramirez; Varitek (14), off Mitre; Lowell (15), off Mitre. RBIs-Jeter 2 (56), Hinske (10), Teixeira 3 (92), A.Rodriguez (65), H.Matsui 7 (66), Posada 2 (57), Cano (61), Swisher (65), Me.Cabrera 2 (48), Ellsbury 2 (43), Pedroia (53), V.Martinez (82), Varitek (46), D.Ortiz 2 (72), Lowell 2 (62), Baldelli (18). SB-Ellsbury (54). SF-V.Martinez.

Runners left in scoring position-New York 4 (Cano, H.Matsui 2, Teixeira); Boston 4 (V.Martinez, Ellsbury, Lowell 2).

Runners moved up-Hinske, H.Matsui, Swisher, Pedroia. GIDP-Cano, Ale.Gonzalez.

DP-New York 1 (Cano, Jeter, Teixeira); Boston 1 (Pedroia, Ale.Gonzalez, Youkilis).

New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Pettitte W, 10-6 5 7 7 5 2 4 104 4.25

Bruney 11/3 1 0 0 3 0 37 4.67

D.Marte 2/3 0 0 0 0 1 6 13.50

Mitre 2 4 4 4 0 0 33 6.82

BOSTON IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Penny L, 7-8 4 10 8 8 1 4 89 5.61

Bowden 2 8 7 7 3 0 63 15.75

Delcarmen 1 1 1 1 0 0 8 3.47

Saito 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 2.86

R.Ramirez 1 4 4 3 1 0 24 2.67

Penny pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

Pettitte pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

Inherited runners-scored-Bruney 2-2, D.Marte 3-0, Bowden 2-2. HBP-by Bruney (Kotchman), by Mitre (Baldelli). WP-Penny 2, Bowden 2.

Umpires-Home, Joe West; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Dan Iassogna.

T-3:57.

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