NEW YORK (AP) — The final act in the dreadful season of the Boston Red Sox is being played at Yankee Stadium. And the first scene of the last series was another ugly lowlight in a year filled with them.
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira homered in a nine-run second inning Monday night, leading the New York Yankees to a 10-2 rout of the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz.
While the Yankees opened a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East with two games to play, Boston clinched at least a share of last place in the division. The Red Sox, two games behind fourth-place Toronto with two to play, hadn't finished in the cellar since 1992.
"The season as a whole, everybody's got to learn from it. I don't think anybody in this clubhouse is happy about the position we're in right now," Buchholz said. "But we've got a lot of key guys who have been hurt throughout the season for a period of time and that takes its toll. It hasn't been the standard here that everybody expects of us. Like I say, we've got to learn from it and hope it leaves a bad taste in everybody's mouth."
Starting what may be its final series under first-year manager Bobby Valentine, Boston has lost six in a row and 10 of 11, reaching 91 defeats for the first time since dropping 100 games in 1965. In what resembled a spring training lineup, the Red Sox started just two regular position players, Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Six of the starters had uniform Nos. 50 or higher.
"You play the cards that you have," Valentine said. "That's all we have right now."
Dustin Pedroia was out because of an injured finger, and Jacoby Ellsbury sat against left-hander CC Sabathia after returning from an injury last weekend.
Buchholz (11-8) was roughed up for eight runs and six hits — three of them homers — in 1 2-3 innings. He dropped to 0-5 with a 5.62 ERA in his last eight starts.
"I felt as good today as I've felt the second half of the season. The ball was coming out fine," he said. "It's tough whenever you pitch in the middle of the plate and everyone gets hit. That's what this team is known for. They hit mistakes and they got them out."