With two home runs already, Ichiro Suzuki was thinking about No. 3. He took a huge hack in the eighth inning and fouled the pitch straight back.
''I swung too hard. My neck hurts,'' Suzuki said through a translator Sunday night after his rare power display.
Three players pushing 40 carried the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over Boston. Suzuki smacked a pair of solo shots, Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Derek Jeter had three hits.
Jeter also scored twice for the Yankees, who took two of three from the Red Sox despite playing the entire series without slugger Mark Teixeira. The AL East leaders won for the ninth time in 12 games, ending a two-year streak of futility against Josh Beckett (5-11).
The right-hander was 5-0 in his previous seven starts against the Yankees since losing to them on Aug. 8, 2010. He kept his team in the game this time, but dropped to 0-4 in his past six outings overall. He is 1-7 in 13 starts since May 20 and has served up seve...