Red Sox Top Braves 9-4 In Youkilis Farewell

BOSTON — Cody Ross hit two homers and drove in five runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 Sunday in a game that was Kevin Youkilis‘ farewell to the Fenway Park fans.

Youkilis, a subject of recent trade rumors, was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. After the game, it was announced that he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart.

ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney is reporting the Red Sox will pick up all but $2 million of what is owed to Youkilis. The Red Sox will pay the White Sox $5.5 million, according to ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine.

Youkilis was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him, and many of his teammates on the top step of the dugout.

The burley infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted, “Yook.”

The nameplate above Youkilis’ locker was gone in the clubhouse after the Red Sox’s ninth win in 11 games. Boston completed interleague play with a winning record for the eighth straight season (11-7).

Jason Heyward continued his torrid June for the Braves, hitting a solo homer among his three hits.

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