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The Juice: CC Sabathia can’t beat the Red Sox this season

Nine innings and nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

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1. Unleash Ellsbury: Jacoby Ellsbury drove in six runs, three of them coming on a fourth-inning homer off CC Sabathia. The Boston Red Sox stomped Sabathia for seven runs and nine hits over six innings, giving him an 0-4 record and 7.20 ERA versus Boston this season. Do those numbers make him worry?

"I can see (being worried) if I hadn't beat them in the last three years," Sabathia said. "But I have. So that gives me confidence to know that I can go out and pitch well against this team."

The Red Sox also got a 4-for-4 day from Carl Crawford, pouring it on for a 10-4 win over the New York Yankees. Once again, the two teams share first place in the AL East.

2. Almost zero: Only a ninth-inning solo home run from Pablo Sandoval stood between Cole Hamels and a shutout of the San Francisco Giants. The Philadelphia Phillies scored two in the first, helped by a Sandoval error and Eli Whiteside passed ball. That was enough to give Hamels the edge in a pitching duel with Matt Cain, as the Phillies won, 2-1.

3. Walked the plank: The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken all the fun out of this. For the second straight game, they gave up double-digit runs to the San Diego Padres. In two games, Bucs pitchers have allowed 25 runs. After Saturday's 13-2 loss, the Pirates have lost nine consecutive games, fallen to four games below .500 and sit nine games back of the NL Central lead. {YSP:MORE}

4. Live by the rally, die by the rally: After falling to a Texas Rangers rally on Friday, the Cleveland Indians played the comeback game on Saturday. Jason Kipnis capped off a four-run ninth for the Tribe with a two-run homer and Chris Perez rebounded from blowing a save the night before, resulting in a 7-5 win over the Rangers.

5. Rookie blue: 21-year-old Nathan Eovaldi prevented the Arizona Diamondbacks from capitalizing on the Giants' loss. Making his major league debut, Eovaldi allowed two runs over five innings, throwing 48 of 77 pitches for strikes and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-3 win.

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6. Royally robbed: Alex Gordon thought he had a leadoff homer against Justin Verlander. But Austin Jackson made a leaping catch at the center field wall to rob Gordon and maintain the Detroit Tigers' 2-0 lead. The Kansas City Royals staged a late rally, but Jose Valverde closed out a 4-3 win for his 32rd save of the season.

7. Hanson smothered: Dan Uggla (27 games) and Freddie Freeman (20) each extended their hitting streaks. But that wasn't enough to overcome a bad day for Tommy Hanson, who gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. Justin Turner homered twice off Hanson, as the New York Mets won an 11-7 slugfest over the Atlanta Braves.

8. Run therapy: Playing another baseball game may have been just what the Colorado Rockies needed after watching teammate Juan Nicasio stretchered off the field with a neck injury the night before. The Rockies took out their anxiety on Livan Hernandez and four relievers, putting 15 runs on the board. That was more than enough to cover for a shaky outing from Jhoulys Chacin, and give Colorado a 15-7 exhale over the Washington Nationals.

9. Only the young: Rookies Blake Beavan and Trayvon Robinson prevented the Los Angeles Angels from tying the Rangers for first place in the AL West. Beavan allowed one run over eight innings and Robinson — less than a week after coming in a trade with the Dodgers — hit his first major league homer. The youth revolt fueled a 5-1 victory for the Seattle Mariners.

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