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ESPN- Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time reminding the Red Sox how he used to help them win. He did it for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night. The boos had barely subsided when Ellsbury tripled leading off the game, his first as an opponent at Fenway Park. Then in the bottom of the first he stole a hit from Boston leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore with a sliding catch in left-center field as his cap flew off. New York won 9-3 and Ellsbury, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, was a major contributor. “You want to go out there and put on a good performance,” said Ellsbury, who received a mixed reception. “It was nice to get a triple right off the bat, just allow us to score right from the get-go.” The two-run double in the fifth also was pretty satisfying. It gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead one inning after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox. That was a “big hit,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “They had climbed a little bit closer to get it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well.” Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he’s walked just two batters in 29 1/3 innings. But this was his first game at Fenway. “I understand it’s a stadium rich in tradition,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Going up on the mound, I did feel that.”

I used to fucking HATE Ellsbury. Pure, blind, uninhibited hate every single time I saw him in the field, at bat, or on the bases and it was because he did shit like this. He can turn a routine single into a triple. He can steal home. He can run down a fly ball and ruin a potential RBI situation for the other team except now he is doing it in pinstripes. It almost feels like with Ellsbury and Gardner in the outfield there really is only right field as an option for a fly ball. Gotta love that White Speed (not Power, I repeat not White Power). I’m sure in the long run we overpaid for Jacoby but as long as he stays healthy and keeps hitting the ball I will be a very happy fan.
Now to the pitching of Tanaka. I don’t care if we rename the fucking Bronx after this guy. If he keeps pitching this way for the foreseeable future he will be the best in baseball and I will get his name tattooed on my forehead. He throws strikes while giving up very few hits and even fewer walks, something that just ruins the oppositions chance to put up runs. And he does it on the biggest stages in New York and Fenway. Love the pitching, the hitting is starting to pick up, 1st in the East. It’s Murdddaaaahhhhhhhh

-Jesse

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