Key Performances by Buchholz, Kalish and Ellsbury Push Red Sox Past Yankees

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Key Performances by Buchholz, Kalish and Ellsbury Push Red Sox Past Yankees Three different players stood out in Red Sox manager Terry Francona's mind after the win over the Yankees in the series opener Friday night.

Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, despite slipping on a breaking ball that Mark Teixeira crushed into center field, was on top of his pitches and controlled the pitch count. Buchholz went 7 1/3 innings in his twelfth win of the season, and struck out four.

"He pounded the zone, didn’t' walk anybody, stayed down, he was crisp," Francona raved about Buchholz's performance to NESN's Heidi Watney during Red Sox Extra Innings. "There are not a lot of games where you play the Yankees and the pitch count doesn't get involved. He got deep into the game, and that's a pretty good effort."

The Red Sox skipper also touched upon the performances of newcomer Ryan Kalish and recent returnee Jacoby Ellsbury. Both outfielders gave solid contributions in the win over the Yankees.

To hear all of Tito's commentary, check out the video below.

Key Performances by Buchholz, Kalish and Ellsbury Push Red Sox Past YankeesKey Performances by Buchholz, Kalish and Ellsbury Push Red Sox Past YankeesKey Performances by Buchholz, Kalish and Ellsbury Push Red Sox Past Yankees

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