- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The situation was so bad for the Boston Red Sox that manager John Farrell had outfielder Mike Carp pitch the ninth inning.

By that time they had made five errors and trailed by eight runs in their 14-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

“Any time you end up with a position player on the mound, it’s not been a good night,” Farrell said.

Carp walked five and allowed one run in his major league pitching debut, relying largely on a knuckleball.

“Kind of every little kid’s dream,” he said, “but, at the same time, (it’s) a tough ballgame to have to go in, but it was good to save our bullpen.”

Boston’s pitching problems began early as Felix Doubront (1-3) gave up seven runs in 2 2-3 innings. But four of those were unearned because of four errors.

“We’re definitely going to get better,” Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. “That’s not the kind of team that we are.”

For the Yankees, CC Sabathia (3-2) provided a lift for the depleted rotation.

First, Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Then Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for using pine tar.

After those developments were announced Thursday, Sabathia went out and threw six solid innings in his second straight strong start.

“He’s taken the mindset since spring training he needs to be the ace of this staff,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “He gave us a great outing.”

He had plenty of help from both teams.

Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season. Boston’s contributions included five errors, 12 walks, three wild pitches and a passed ball. The Red Sox also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.

“The sooner we move past this one the better,” Farrell said.

Sabathia struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.

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