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Red Sox lose for fifth time in last six games

David Ross talked to starting pitcher Clay Buchholz during Thursday’s game.

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David Ross talked to starting pitcher Clay Buchholz during Thursday’s game.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2.

RECORD: 8-13-1.

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BREAKDOWN: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three. Francisco Cervelli homered for the Yankees in the second inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single in the fifth. “I was down in the zone for the first four innings then left a couple up in hitters’ counts,” Buchholz said. Buchholz, who has two starts left before the season starts, said his shoulder feels strong.

THUMBS UP: Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double in the sixth inning to break up a shutout by Yankees starter David Phelps . . . Mike Napoli played a solid game at first base, ranging off the bag to make a play on Yangervis Solarte in the fifth inning. He also came off the base to save a throw from Xander Bogaerts in the fourth inning and tag Cervelli . . . Chris Capuano threw three scoreless innings.

THUMBS DOWN: Bogaerts was 0 for 3 and is down to .176 in 14 games.

MEDICAL REPORT: Lefty reliever Craig Breslow, who has been held back all spring to guard against shoulder fatigue, will throw live batting practice on Friday and get in his first game on Monday.

AROUND THE BASES: The Sox have lost five of their last six games . . . Koji Uehara (30 pitches) and Junichi Tazawa (22 pitches) threw live batting practice earlier in the day instead of simply throwing in the bullpen. A.J. Pierzynski stepped in to take a few swings. “A little bit more of an intense work day,” manager John Farrell said . . . David Ross will take some extra at-bats on Friday in a minor league game. “We’re making the most of the opportunities on the other side,” Farrell said.

NEXT GAME: The Sox have a long bus ride on Saturday to face the Phillies in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m. Jon Lester will oppose Cliff Lee. The game is on MLB Network.

Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
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