Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday’s MLB games (Reuters)

April 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Yankees 9, Red Sox 3 Jacoby Ellsbury returned to Boston and combined with Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka to pace the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Red Sox. The center fielder, who left Boston to sign a seven-year, $153 million contract with New York (12-8) in the off season, led the game off with a triple in the first and then doubled home two runs in the fifth that chased starter Jon Lester. Tanaka (3-0, 2. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 23, 2014 at 1:36 am



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Jacoby Ellsbury nearly homers two different ways on same at bat, winds up with disputed triple (Yahoo Sports Minute)

John Farrell's issues with MLB's new instant replay system are well-documented. But the Boston Red Sox manager fell victim in a different fashion Tuesday night during a strange play that started the game against the rival New York Yankees. While making his return to Fenway Park for the first time since signing a 7-year, $153 million deal with the Pinstripes as a free agent, former Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury led off the contest with a deep drive to center off starter Jon Lester. The ball nearly cleared the wall for a home run. But it was interfered with by a fan. What wasn't clear was whether or not Ellsbury would have had his second career inside-the-park home run ( he hit his first three seasons ago in Boston ) if the spectator had not made contact. One at bat — two near round-trippers. Alas, after umpires conferred, Ellsbury was awarded a triple (instead of a ground-rule double). The decision didn't sit well with Farrell. The guy just can't catch a break. The Yankees won 9-3 . Rollin' with the crew Moving to the NBA playoffs, Toronto Raptors " global ambassador " Drake had courtside seats for Game 2 of the team's first-round series with the Brooklyn Nets. He was so excited to be in attendance that he busted out a lint roller during the second quarter to do some personal grooming. The Raptors won 100-95 to even the series at 1-1.   Disaster averted The Montreal Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round series thanks a 4-3 victory Tuesday. And this kid ended up with Max Pacioretty's stick after an adult almost became Public Enemy No. 1 in the hockey world.   Sign up now for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Follow @YSportsMinute on Twitter along with the Yahoo Sports Minute Facebook page .

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Yankees-Red Sox Preview (The Associated Press)

It didn't take long for Jacoby Ellsbury to feel back at home at Fenway Park - even when wearing a road uniform. The center fielder had a pair of big hits against the Boston Red Sox in his first visit with the Yankees, a performance he'd love to replicate Wednesday night against a pitcher New York has already hit hard this month. Ellsbury was 2-for-5 on Tuesday with a double and triple, two runs scored and two RBIs in his first game as a Fenway visitor after playing 349 regular-season games there with the Red Sox. He set the tone early, leading off the game with a triple and scoring a first-inning run as New York went on to win 9-3.

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Former Red Sox CF Ellsbury gets mixed reception (The Associated Press)

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury received a mixed reception Tuesday night in his first game at Fenway Park as an opponent. There were more boos than cheers when he stepped in as the first hitter against the Boston Red Sox, the team he spent seven seasons with before signing a seven-year contract with New York after last season. The Yankees won 9-3 as Ellsbury led off the game with a triple then hit a two-run double in the fifth that made it 7-2. You're going to put on a Boston Red Sox uniform and a New York Yankees uniform.' I'd say that's pretty special,'' he said.

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Team Report – NEW YORK YANKEES (The SportsXchange)

Tanaka more than living up to huge contract

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm



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Ellsbury returns, helps Yanks beat Red Sox 9-3 (The Associated Press)

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.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm



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Ellsbury: Sox ‘very classy’ in return to Fenway (Comcast SportsNet New England)

If Jacoby Ellsbury wanted to make a statement when he returned toFenway for the first time in the uniform of the New York Yankees, itdidn't take him long. "I was hoping it was going to be a homer,'' said Ellsbury of hisfirst plate appearance.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm



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Yankees lose starter Nova (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)

The New York Yankees apparently have lost starter Ivan Nova for the season. Nova most likely will be having Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar ligament, putting the right-hander out for the rest of this year probably at least half of the next. "We had an inkling that [Tommy John surgery] was going to be the recommendation," manager Joe Girardi said, via mlb.com. Nova, who was hurt during Saturdays start against the Tampa Bay Rays, was the Yankees No. 5 starter.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm



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Tanaka triumphant in Yankees-Red Sox debut (AFP)

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a winner in his first Major League Baseball game against the archrival Boston Red Sox, striking out seven in 9-3 victory. Tanaka surrendered his only runs on back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth inning Tuesday and improved to 3-0 in the young season with his first triumph at historic Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury, who helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles in seven years with Boston, went 2-for-5 with a triple and a double and drove in two runs in his first Fenway appearance for the Yankees, who signed the star outfielder to a seven-year deal for $153 million.

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Yankees 9, Red Sox 3 (The SportsXchange)

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury returned to Boston and combined with Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka to pace the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Tanaka (3-0, 2.15 ERA) gave up back-to-back hefty home runs to designated hitter David Ortiz (his fourth) and first baseman Mike Napoli (No. 5) in the third inning. Shortstop Derek Jeter stroked a pair of RBI singles, DH Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer (No. 5) and the Yankees, 4-1 against their rivals this season, collected seven extra-base hits in raising their record to 12-8 with their second straight win. For the Red Sox, sitting in last place in the scrambled AL East at 9-12, falling behind is

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Yankees News on April 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm



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