Red Sox Bullpen Comes Up Huge Against Yankees, Shows It Could Potentially Be Strength Going Forward

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The Red Sox bullpen came up huge in the second game of the team's doubleheader with the Yankees on Sunday.

After relieving John Lackey, the pen delivered eight shutout innings, during which it allowed only one hit. This was crucial in keeping the Yankees offense at bay until Jacoby Ellsbury could eventually deliver the game-winning blow in the 14th inning.

Alfredo Aceves gave up the lead upon entering, but after that, he and the rest of the bullpen pitched admirably. Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon, Franklin Morales and Felix Doubront were among those who pitched.

Morales and Papelbon even got out of major jams, which extended the game and gave the Sox a chance to pick up the victory, ensuring they'd head into the final series of the season with a one-game lead in the AL wild-card race.

To hear more about the Red Sox bullpen from NESN's Tom Caron and Dennis Eckersley, check out the video above.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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