Craig Breslow thought about the first all-Yale battery in the major leagues in 125 years and couldn't resist a pun about catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
''I guess Ryan caught like a bulldog,'' he said.
It was quite a day for ''Boola Boola'' at Yankee Stadium, when Breslow relieved in the eighth inning for the Boston Red Sox and helped preserve the lead in a 4-1 win over New York.
''We didn't need to put any signs down. We're all on the same wavelength,'' Breslow joked.
Rarely has there been this high an IQ at a mound meeting.
With the Red Sox leading 2-1 in the eighth, Breslow relieved with one on, threw a ball and then got Robinson Cano to ground a cutter into an inning-ending double play.
''He knew exactly what he wanted to do and executed,'' Lavarnway said.
According to STATS LLC and baseballreference.com, the only previous all-Yale battery was in on Sept. 15, 1883, when the Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Jones pitched to Al Hubbard. The Red Sox said they had been talking with Yale ...