NEW YORK -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Yankees:
On Friday, David Price said he knew he had to be better with runners on base. He wasn't.
With a runner in scoring position in the third, he allowed a double to No. 9 hitter Austin Romine. Then, in the fourth, with the bases loaded, Price yielded a bases-clearing double to Didi Gregorius.
Price alluded to some adjustments that he had to make pitching out of the stretch. But clearly, those didn't come Saturday.
Price's velocity still isn't where it should be.
For much of Saturday afternoon, Price's fastball was only 90-91, occasionally hitting 92 mph. That's off considerably from the 93-95 mph he's been in the
In April, the lower readings were attributed to the fact that the lefty was still building arm strength.
But this is May now, seven starts in, following a full spring training, and the velocity is still dragging, leaving Price with less margin of error when he misses his spot.
It may be time to stop wondering about Jackie Bradley Jr.'s ability to hit.
Bradley homered in the fifth, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. In the that span, he's knocked in 11 runs and 11 of his last 18 hits have gone for extra-bases.
Bradley has 15 RBI in the first 30 games, and almost all of them have come from either the No. 8 or No. 9 spot in the batting order. And his slugging percentage is inching up to .500.
The Sox missed a golden opportunity.
The Yankees were without their two best relievers Saturday. Dellin Bettances had pitched the three previous days, and Andrew Miller needed 36 pitches to get through four outs Friday night.
That left the Yanks with a thin bullpen and no established closers to protect a late inning lead.
It also put additional pressure on starter Nathan Eovaldi to pitch deep into the game. But the Red Sox helped him out there with some quick innings and not working at-bats thoroughly.
The Red Sox are having trouble in day games.
Saturday represented the team's fifth straight defeat in day games and seventh of the season in 10 games.
For what it's worth, Price has started seven times this season and four of those have been in day games.