Yanks Pummel Red Sox, 8-7

first_imgBOSTON — Brett Gardner has never considered himself a home run hitter. If he can save himself a few sprints on the basepaths, that’s enough for him.Gardner had three hits Aug. 3,  including a tiebreaking drive in the sixth for his 15th homer, sending the New York Yankees to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The speedy left fielder has five homers in six games; he had eight all of last year, his previous career high.“That’s not my game,” said Gardner, who has more triples (39) than home runs (38) for his career. “It’s nice not having to run, beat out an infield hit or a hustle double or triple for a change.”Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in his third game with the Yankees since he was sent there at the trading deadline.Esmil Rogers (1-0), who was also picked up last week in a trade, earned the victory in his Yankees debut by throwing three hitless innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.“Two guys we just brought in a few days ago,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s what we need: contributions from everyone.” David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 29th save.Craig Breslow (2-3) came in to relieve Clay Buchholz to start the sixth inning and gave up Gardner’s leadoff homer before retiring the next three batters.Yankees starter David Phelps lasted just two innings, allowing five runs and six hits with two walks. He departed with right elbow inflammation and will be evaluated later this week in New York.Boston starter Clay Buchholz allowed seven runs in five innings. He is the only starter remaining from the opening-day rotation after the defending World Champions traded Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront to start re-tooling for the 2015 season.“It’s been a frustrating year for everyone in here,” Buchholz said. “We don’t want to go out there and wear a Red Sox uniform and perform the way I am. I need to pick it up during the season.”Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz homered for Boston. Pedroia lined a 3-2 pitch just foul with two out in the bottom of the ninth one pitch before grounding out to shortstop to end the game.The Red Sox led 3-0 after one inning, 5-3 after two and 7-4 after four. But the Yankees tied it in the fifth on Chase Headley’s RBI double and Drew’s two-run single.“We tried to get Clay through that fifth inning, and unfortunately it doesn’t happen,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. “The walks, once again. The walks have been a part in the runs we’ve allowed, and that was the case again tonight.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Syed Modi International: Saina and Kashyap enter Round 2, Prannoy stunned

first_imgSaina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap got off to a winning start at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 in Lucknow just a little less than one month before their wedding even as top shuttlers in HS Prannoy and top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy faced first round exits.Second seed Prannoy was stunned by lower-ranked Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 14-21, 7-21. The world number 99 needed just 33 minutes to beat the top-ranked Indian men’s singles shuttler at the tournament in straight games.Even as the early exit in Lucknow came as a surprise, Prannoy has endured a very ordinary season coming into the BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament.The 23-year-old, who had finished 2017 inside the top 10, concludes the season without a title and will not be part of the year-ending World Tour Finals, starting December 12 in Guangzhou. HS Prannoy faced a shocking loss in the first round of Syed Modi International 2018. (@PRANNOYHSPRI Photo)Meanwhile, Sikki and Pranaav’s title defence ended as early as the opening round after their 14-21, 11-21 loss to China’s Ren Xiangyu and Zhou Chaomin in 31 minutes.Pranaav was playing his first tournament since recovering from an injury and dengue that kept him out of action for a couple of months.On the other hand, three-time champion Saina Nehwal, who is spearheading India’s challenge in the absence of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, sealed her second-round berth after beating Mauritius’ Kate Foo Kune 21-10, 21-10.Eighth seed Rituparna Das needed three games to beat lower-ranked Natalia Perminova of Russia and progress to the next round.advertisementThe second seed will face Indian qualifier Amolika Sisodiya Singh, who had edged past Anura Prabhudesai in three games, in the second round on Thursday.Unseeded Kashyap and world No.52 Kashyap came up with a dominant performance to outclass world No.40 Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in straight games 21-14, 21-12 to enter the second round of the tournament. Parupalli Kashyap beat the Thai player ranked 12 places above him in BWF rankings. (@parupallik Photo)Considering that Kashyap has also not enjoyed much success on the tour this season, this win against Saensomboonsuk should be confidence-booster for him.Third seed and defending champion Sameer Verma, who is still in with a chance to make the eight-man field at December’s Tour Finals, eased past Siril Verma 21-12, 21-17, while former Singapore Open champion, Sai Praneeth defeated Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-12, 21-10.Subhankar Dey, who had claimed his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open, beat Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 21-15, 21-13 to set up a clash with Lu Guangzu of China.Sixth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa opened their campaign with a comfortable 21-10, 21-10 win over compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda.READ – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySikki put behind the disappointment of the mixed doubles defeat to combine with Ponnappa and beat compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda 21-10, 21-10 in the women’s doubles first round.Indian women’s doubles pair of Shenan Christian and Riya Gajjar sprang a surprise by entering the second round after the top seeds and Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi retired within 4 minutes of the match leading 5-3 in the first game.Eight seed and India’s top men’s doubles pair Satwik and Chirag Shetty also got themselves a winning start with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Thai pair of Inkarat Apisuk and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet in 31 minutes. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty are one of the top Indian hopes at Syed Modi International 2018. (BAI Facebook Photo)Top seed at the tournament Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen retired withing three minutes of the match after trailing 1-6 against Chinese pair Ou Xuanyi-Ren Xiangyu.5th seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark schooled Indian pair of Bhaskar Chakraborty and Prince Chaturvedi 21-6, 21-3 in just 15 minutes.Also watch – Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img read more