NEW YORK -- World Cup fever on the front pages of the New York tabloids, Dutch bat disease still afflicting the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium.
Hey, so we made that diagnosis up, but the reality is the Red Sox, after a one-game recess, reverted to their inexplicable inability to hit a baseball delivered by anyone with a pulse.
The result: The Sox lost, 6-0, to the New York Yankees before a crowd of 48,522 in Yankee Stadium. The Sox are 2-6 on this trip, 16-25 on the road, 13-20 in the AL East, and are now 2-6 against the Yankees,. They remain eight games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the East, and eight games under .500 (36-44).
Gory versus Vidal: Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno had allowed a combined 14 hits and 12 earned runs in his past two starts, over a span of 9⅓ innings. Against the Sox, he spun 5⅔ scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, walking two and whiffing five.
Bombers, away: The Yankees hit three home runs. Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer off Brandon Workman with two out in the fourth, and Brett Gardner made it back-to-back. Brian McCann added a two-run shot off Craig Breslow in the eighth.
Who's on third? Not the Sox: The Sox failed to advance a runner as far as third base. The only inning in which they had as many as two runners on was the sixth, when David Ortiz and Mike Napoli drew back-to-back walks. But Daniel Nava, pinch hitting for Jonny Gomes, rolled out to third base against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances.
Late-inning shutdown: The Sox have now scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their past 13 games. They have not scored a run against an opposing bullpen over the past 13 innings, dating to a ninth-inning run Monday night against the Seattle Mariners.
Drew ends oh-fer: Well, maybe that's progress. Stephen Drew ended an 0-for-29 slump with an opposite-field double in the seventh. He avoided becoming the eighth Sox non-pitcher with a hitless streak of 30 at-bats or longer. Luis Aparacio holds the record, with an 0-for-44. Julio Lugo was the last Sox batter to crack the 30-AB barrier, with an 0-for-31.
Workman takes loss: Workman hadn't pitched since June 15, the Sox having deigned Felix Doubront worthy of a start. Well, Doubront is back in the pen, and the rust may have affected Workman, who allowed six hits and walked two in the first four innings.