All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox 10-2 win over the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Houck follows up debut: Tanner Houck's major league debut last week in Miami -- five shutout innings, two hits allowed -- was impressive. His follow-up might have been even better, especially considering that he faced a far tougher lineup this time around, in a far friendlier hitter's ballpark. Even though he allowed a run Sunday over six innings, it was unearned. And did we mention that Houck didn't allow so much as a hit through the first five innings? Eventually, the no-hit bid was spoiled by a leadoff double by Tyler Wade in the sixth. He followed that with a walk, but then got a double play and groundout to finish the inning and his appearance. Houck is the third Red Sox pitcher in franchise history to allow no earned runs over five or more innings in his first two major league appearances. The others were Vaughn Eshelman (in 1995) and Dave "Boo'' Ferris in 1945. He's also the first Red Sox pitcher to win his first two career starts since Eduardo Rodriguez in 2015.
Chavis clears the cloud: Michael Chavis had arguably his best game of the season, connecting for two homers in two innings off New York starter Deivi Garcia. In a season that has been marked by inconsistency and only occasional playing time, those were the first two homers he's hit at Fenway this season and helped to lift him out of a mental funk he's been in of late. "The toughest thing is the mental aspect and the emotional aspect this year has been very difficult,'' he said. "Lately, I hadn't been really having any fun and I kind of forgot why I play baseball. I had some really great conversations with some great people and they gave me some advice. I went 0-for-3 (Saturday) but I was able to have fun.'' Chavis cited the negativity that he sees on various social media platforms as one of the things had been discouraging him. That improved mood and renewed positivity carried over to Sunday for the third multi-homer game of his career and first this season.