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Talk about needing a scorecard to tell who the players are. The Yankees were set to open a three-game series against the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park with both clubs showing off new players. The great news for Yankees fans about the series is that the Yanks will not have to deal with Jon Lester or John Lackey, both of whom were traded away this week as Boston decided to be a seller at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline to turn its sights on 2015.
The Yankees were buyers instead of sellers at the deadline and imported Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks and Stephen Drew from the Red Sox. Drew, who just had to switch clubhouses, was in the Friday night lineup ready to make his first major-league start at second base. Passing Drew along the way was Kelly Johnson, who went to Boston in a rare Yankees-Red Sox deal. Prado, who has played a lot of second base in his career, will likely play more often in the outfield for the Yankees. He was en route to Boston and was expected at Fenway at some point during the game.
The Red Sox were in the same situation regarding outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the outfielder they obtained from the Athletics in the trade for Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. He was not in the starting lineup, but Allen Craig, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the Lackey deal, was batting fifth and playing left field.
Chris Capuano, who pitched in 28 games for the Red Sox last year and was purchased from the Rockies last month by the Yankees, was to make his second start in pinstripes against Anthony Ranaudo, a New Jersey native who was making his major-league debut. The Yanks also added righthander Esmil Rogers, who was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays Thursday, to their 25-man man roster.
To create room for the three new players, the Yankees designated second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment and optioned infielder Zelous Wheeler and outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple A Scranton. No one expected Roberts to replace the departed Robinson Cano, but his slash line of .237/.300/.360 was weak as was his defense. Say this for Roberts. He played more games (91) in a season since 2009, avoided serious injury and fit nicely in the clubhouse.
David Phelps deserved a better fate Tuesday night. Pitching in front of some 25 friends and relatives in his hometown of St. Louis among the crowd of 45,202 at Busch Stadium, Phelps made a decent if not entirely satisfactory showing, but his teammates let him down with both their bats and their gloves.
The crippling inning for Phelps and the Yankees was the third when the Cardinals scored four runs in what might have been a shutout frame except for a head-scratching infield over-shift and two errors.
The inning began with the Yankees’ infield shifted to the right side against Matt Carpenter, who led the National League in hits last year with 199 and as a leadoff hitter would be looking for any way to get on. He found it, too, by hitting a routine grounder to the hole at shortstop and ending up with a single.
Phelps made a nice play snaring a bunt by Kolten Wong that would be the best fielding play for the Yanks that inning. Matt Holliday singled Carpenter to third before Matt Adams drove in the first run of the game with a ground-rule double. That should have been the only run of the inning, but three more crossed due to a couple of errors.
Kelly Johnson playing first base with Mark Teixeira still out with an inflamed right wrist dropped the ball while trying to tag Allen Craig in the baseline for an error that allowed one run to score. Jhonny Peralta followed with a roller to second that was overrun by Brian Roberts for another error as two more runners crossed the plate. Roberts made the age-old mistake of taking his eye off the ball as he tried to position himself to tag the runner and throw to first for a double play.
It was early enough in the game for the Yankees not to panic at falling behind, 4-0, but they failed to mount any attack on Cards starter Lance Lynn, who pitched his first complete-game shutout, a 6-0 five-hitter. The Yankees got only one runner as far as third base and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. St. Louis added home runs by Craig in the fifth off Phelps and by Holliday in the seventh off Alfredo Aceves.
Lynn was not overpowering. He had only two strikeouts, but he got 18 outs in the infield as the Yankees were shut out for only the second time this season.