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Bernardo LaPallo is 111 years old. In his living memory are visits to Hilltop Park where he cheered for the New York Highlanders. He remembers when Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees and the house that he built. LaPallo recalled, “I shook his hand and he said, ‘My greatest admirer, my youngest admirer.’”

Sadly for LaPallo his age mirrored the final score, 11-1. Mike Napoli was responsible for four of the runs with his third-inning grand slam. Daniel Nava also drove in four runs. He clouted a three-run four-bagger in the eighth to put his team up 8-1, a hit that will likely get him a ball in the ribs tonight. His RBI ground out in the ninth probably won’t help his case, even though it was up to the Yankees to stop letting their opponents get on base.

Felix Doubront and Phil Hughes are like mirror images of each other, inconsistent pitchers who win or lose based on keeping their heads straight with runners on base. In this particular outing Doubront avoided giving up extra base hits and allowing hits with runners on: 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts. Hughes was not so lucky: 4⅓ innings pitched, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.

The Red Sox and Bruins games had excellent moments of synchronicity. In the fourth inning Brett Gardner struck out on a foul tip as the Bruins exited the first period 1-0 thanks to a goal by David Krejci. When Krejci scored his second goal Jose Iglesias made a nifty play on Vernon Wells’s grounder to end the eighth.

Stephen Drew homered in the ninth as Nathan Horton put the match away. I am getting very good at working the “Last” button on my remote.

Game 57: June 1, 2013
WinBoston Red Sox
11 W: Felix Doubront (4-2)
2B: Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 (3), Mike Carp (8), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14)
HR: Mike Napoli (9), Daniel Nava (8), Stephen Drew (4)
New York Yankees
1 L: Phil Hughes (2-4)
No extra base hits

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