By Dave Sheinin April 25 (Washington Post) -- BOSTON – On the day he would put on the pinstripes for the first time, at his introductory news conference at Yankee Stadium, pitcher Masahiro Tanaka arrived at the airport in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which he had chartered from Tokyo for $195,000. It could accommodate 200 passengers, but on that day held only six: Tanaka, his pop-star wife, a trio of representatives and a brown poodle named Haru. For New York Yankees fans, the only appropriate response was a roll of the eyes and a pointed question: Is this guy too soft to cut it here? The answer, four games into Tanaka's major league career, arrived in the fourth inning Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox had just cut a four-run lead in half with back-to-back, one-out homers, the first a 482-foot moon-shot by David Ortiz that featured a pimp-job pose-and-stroll by the burly slugger, the second a screaming missile by Mike Napoli that was
Mike Napoli belted a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 win over the New York Yankees and a third series win against their division rivals this season.
The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game series sweep of the New York Yankees with a 9-2 win that dropped their division rivals three games back in the race for an American League wild-card playoff berth.
Jon Jay, Albert Pujols and David Freese had run-scoring doubles in a four-run first inning in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and Josh Hamilton added a two-run single in the Rangers’ four-run seventh inning as Texas defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 2- 1 lead in their best-of-five American League Division Series.