Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Down, Not out in Bronx

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Down, Not out in Bronx

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NEW YORK -- No one knew what was happening.

Francisco Cervelli sat in the outfield grass behind first base, holding the back of his right leg. The Boston Red Sox were jogging off the field. Umpires were huddling.

And almost everyone else was standing around in various states of confusion in the Yankees' wild 3-2 victory Sunday night in the Bronx.

The fourth-inning chaos resulted in an overturned call and the winning run scoring on Cervelli's fielder's choice -- not a run- nullifying, inning-ending double play it was originally ruled thanks to a replay challenge. Cervelli limped off the field, possibly headed to the disabled list. And the Yankees found themselves out of healthy infielders.

It all played out under an almost full moon.

The game was another classic in the legendary Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. But nothing about it was ordinary or conventional.

The day began with the news that shortstop Derek Jeter would not play for a second straight game thanks to right quadriceps tightness. Then came word that second baseman Brian Roberts was out with a sore lower back. Then came Cervelli's injury. And Yangervis Solarte and Brian McCann later were shaken up, but stayed in the game.

Somehow the Yankees held on, thanks to Ivan Nova (2-1) and Carlos Beltran. Nova (7 1/3 innings, two runs, eight hits) rebounded from a rough start to 2014, leaving to a standing ovation.

Beltran (3-for-4) hit his second home run in as many days -- another two-run shot -- and a double.

The final bit of intrigue came in the eighth when reliever David Phelps struck out pinch-hitter Mike Carp with the bases loaded to end a jam.

The game grew crazy -- and intriguing -- in the fourth inning with the Yankees leading 2-1.

McCann and Solarte walked to lead off the frame. McCann moved to third on a Kelly Johnson fielder's choice grounder that forced Solarte out at second.

Then all heck broke loose.

Cervelli -- playing first base for only the second time in his career -- hit an apparent double-play grounder to third. …

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