Toronto Blue Jays infielders Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hill were both hit by pitches, putting the notion of retaliation through everyone’s head last night at Yankee Stadium. In a game already out of reach in favor of the Blue Jays in the eighth inning, relief pitcher Jesse Carlson threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Jorge Posada at the plate. Soon after Posada gave a look that could kill while repeatedly saying “You don’t want to do that.” Benches cleared but minutes later tensions fell, or so we thought.
After scoring from Brett Gardner’s double Posada threw Carlson a nice elbow while running by, which ultimately led to the real brawl. “He was just right there on the line to the dugout. We got carried away and hopefully that’s the end of it,” said Posada. “I don’t want my kids to see that…fight in the middle of the field, benches clearing - that’s a bad example.” Carlson had somewhat of a more humorous take on the situation, saying “once he crossed the plate and threw that elbow at me or whatever, I just said, ‘Let’s go.’ I’m probably the smallest guy in MLB and we were right near their dugout, so I was just hoping I got out of there all right.”
Even though all of the excitement came and left with the fight, the game was still played. In the Blue Jays 10-4 victory ace Roy Halladay threw for six innings and gave up just two runs. Yankees Sergio Mitre definitely didn’t make it any kind of pitching duel, letting up seven runs and four home runs in his five innings pitched. The two teams are set to match up again tonight at Yankee Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The 2010 highly anticipated Red Sox Yankees opening series at Fenway Park starting April 5th is now subject to change. The Boston Red Sox have put the word out that they would prefer not to host the first series of the year. Major League Baseball has given the two rivals the option of flip-flopping dates. If the option becomes set in stone, the Yankees would host the initial games with the Red Sox taking a Bronx mid-season showdown to Fenway.
The Red Sox organization is mostly worried about the field getting fixed up in time due to the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway, which is scheduled for New Year’s Day. New York has not been quick to budge on the new proposal, saying they are concerned about in-clement weather. The Red Sox have rejected to pay any kind of fee to switch, but would gladly return the favor in other ways down the road (earlier start for a getaway game, similar accommodations).
The Red Sox and Yankees will meet for two three-game series in their last ten games. With this said, the AL East main rivalry should be seeing most of each other in April and September. The end of season series’ should make for some thrilling games, but players are not too pleased when thinking about the start of 2010. “I don’t know why we are open up north anyway,” said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. “It makes more sense to open on the West Coast or somewhere warm.” CC Sabathia exchanged a few laughs with reporters saying, “It’ll be cold. We know that for sure.”
The Boston Red Sox have just released their 2010 Regular Season Schedule this afternoon. They will be opening up next year’s campaign against the New York Yankees on Monday, April 5th for a three-game series. This will mark the first time since 2005 where the longtime rivals match up to start the season. After the series the Sox will hit the road until they host the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time on Friday, April 16th for four games that will run until Marathon Monday (April 19).
The LA Angels of Anaheim will make their way across country to Boston for a string of contests starting May 3rd. Look for the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies to make an appearance at Fenway June 11th-13th. Now at the home stretch of this year’s regular season, the Red Sox are 4.5 games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings. Stay tuned for some exciting baseball heading into the ’09 playoffs.
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Yankees veteran Derek Jeter slapped three base hits against the Tampa Bay Rays last night to tie the legendary Lou Gehrig at 2,721 career hits as a New York Yankee. Gehrig and now Jeter sit on top of the Yankees all-time hits list in front of the immortal Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly, and Yogi Berra. “He’s one of the classiest people to ever play this game,” Jeter said of Gehrig, who has stood alone with the record for over 70 years. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling to have my name next to his.”
Jeter may have taken center stage with his outstanding career efforts last night, but it was catcher Jorge Posada who came through with a three run jack over the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth to pull them ahead. Tampa Bay held the lead for the first seven innings after coming up with two runs in the first. “I felt proud. I got goose bumps…It was a perfect moment.” said Posada “It would be tough to lose a game when he ties Lou Gehrig, so we needed to win this one.”
Jeter is not only about to lead the Yankees organization as the all-time hits leader. The 10 time All-Star earned his 300th steal yesterday as well, ranking him second on the franchise list behind Rickey Henderson at 326. Jeter has the day off with the rest of the Yanks before attempting to break the record tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Boston Red Sox ace pitcher Josh Beckett gave up a career-high five homers in eight innings pitched as the New York Yankees went on to win 8-4 last night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox remain on top of the Wild Card race, but have fallen to 7 1/2 games behind New York in the division standings. Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui knocked two of his four series home runs off Beckett yesterday. “Obviously, you tend to remember these,” said Beckett. “These are humbling deals. Like I said, that was a whooping I got today. That’s the only words I’ve got to sum it up.”
After losing a hard fought offensive friendly three game series, the Red Sox still remain confident in regards to post-season play. “There’s still time left (to win the division), but if that doesn’t happen, I think what goes unnoticed around here is that we’re in first place for the other remaining playoff spot,” said Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay. “It goes unnoticed sometimes when you’re playing New York and people want to make a huge deal out it. We won the Wild Card last year and made it to Game 7 of the ALCS.” Boston will meet up with the Yankees one more time this regular season for three games at Yankee Stadium starting September 25th. Clay Buchholz is scheduled to start next game tonight at Fenway against the Chicago White Sox.
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After completing the sweep in Toronto yesterday, the Boston Red Sox have built up all the momentum they need to take on the New York Yankees at Fenway this weekend. With John Lester on the hill last night, the Sox handled the Blue Jays 8-1. The 10-7 Lester let up just one run on three hits in eight innings. J.D. Drew supplied most of the run production for Boston with a pair of homers in the third and fourth innings. Victor Martinez also knocked one out in the seventh off of reliever Shawn Camp.
The Red Sox have now moved to 6 1/2 games behind New York in the AL East Standings heading into the three-game weekend series. Boston will surely be out for revenge, knowing they were swept by the Yankees 4-0 last time the two teams matched up. John Lester is looking forward to the series after seeing his offense put up some numbers this week. “That’s big for us — I think more mentally than anything — to prove to ourselves that we can swing the bats. I don’t think our slump, or whatever you want to call it, was going to last forever,” said Lester. “We’ve got too many guys on this team that can swing the bat too good to hold us down too long.”
Brad Penny will get the call for Boston to start tonight’s game against lefty veteran Andy Pettite. In Penny’s two career starts facing New York, he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings. Sox Rookie Junichi Tazawa is expected to pitch game two against the 10-6 A.J. Burnett. Though these games are just as meaningful, the real showdown will take place in game three when Ace pitchers Josh Beckett and CC Sabathia square off. With both line ups on a tear from the plate, there is no telling what can happen this weekend.
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Derek Jeter wasted no time surpassing Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio to become the all-time Major League hits leader as a shortstop on Sunday’s game at Safeco Field. In New York’s 10-3 loss against the Seattle Mariners he came out with a three-hit performance, putting him at 2,675 total hits as a shortstop over his 15-year career with the Yankees. “It’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish, and he’s still got a lot of baseball left,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “A lot of guys, when they try to get that record, it takes them a while. It didn’t take him long today.”
Jeter’s record may not stay in place for too long, knowing Texas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel is trailing with 2,669 hits. Regardless of the outcome, Jeter reminds himself to look ahead. “I don’t ever sit around and look back on anything that we’ve done. It’s just more of what you can do to try and improve. That’s what you try to do, year in and year out,” said Jeter. “I think being consistent is something that gets overlooked at times, but I think every player strives to be consistent. That’s all you can do.”
The Yankees remain on top of the AL East standings going into a three-game series against the Oakland A’s. This Friday they will head to Fenway Park to square off against their division rival Boston Red Sox.
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The New York Yankees continue to dominate the league in the 2nd half of the 2009 season. After last night’s 11-1 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners the Yankees lead the AL East by 6.5 games over the Boston Red Sox. Hideki Matsui provided almost half of New York’s production with 2 homers and 5 RBI. The Yankees also got a solo homerun from Derek Jeter.
It wasn’t all offense for the Yankees however. C.C. Sabathia had one of his best outings of the year, striking out a season high 10 batters. With their loss at home vs the Tigers, New York’s rival Red Sox dropped another game back in the AL East. The Yankees got the best of Boston last week in New York, sweeping the Red Sox in four games. The two rivals will next meet in Boston for a 3 game set starting 8/21 at Fenway Park.
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John Smoltz had more than a tough outing last night at Yankee Stadium, letting up nine hits and eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings. The 13-6 New York victory marks their first win all season against the rival Boston Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox the initial lead in the 3rd with a solo homer to right, which was later countered that inning by Johnny Damon with a home run of his own to tie it up. Casey Kotchman supplied an answer for Boston in the top of the 4th with a two run blast off Joba Chamberlin. New York completely dominated the game soon after, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the 4th and holding the lead from there. The run production was mostly contributed by a pair of home runs from Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera.
Despite the lopsided score, Yankees reliever Mark Melancon threw a pitch over Pedroia’s head and later beamed him in the same at bat. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ran out soon after to speak with plate umpire Derryl Cousins, who issued a warning against any further trouble. The Red Sox have now lost three straight and find themselves 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East race. Pedroia has not been pleased about their recent slump, saying “we’ve got to play better. That’s obvious. We went into Tampa and they beat up on us. We’re in a stretch of the season that we’re playing the best teams in the division. We’ve got to win.”
Josh Beckett is hoping to turn things around for the Red Sox next game as he goes up against A.J. Burnett. Game two of the series is scheduled to start tonight at 4:10 pm.
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The Boston Red Sox find themselves 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL East Division as they head to Yankee Stadium for this weekends four game series. The first game is scheduled for tonight at 7:05 pm with John Smoltz and Joba Chamberlain as the projected starters. Joba Chamberlin is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in his three starts since the All-Star break. Collectively the Yankees have been on a tear since then, winning 14 of their last 19 games. Despite their recent success New York still feels the most pressure going into this series, due to the fact that they are 0-8 against their rival opponent Red Sox.
Boston is coming off two disappointing losses at Tampa Bay, but manager Terry Francona states that it isn’t the best idea to be concerned. “If we’re concerned about this weekend, I don’t know if we’re going to put our best foot forward [Thursday],” Francona said. “We’re going in and playing a team that probably feels really good about themselves. I think we’re looking forward to it, like we always do.” Even though the Rays series wasn’t what we had hoped for, we can still take in many positives going into this crucial series.
Victor Martinez has been more than comfortable during his short time in a Boston uniform, going 10-for-21 from the plate with two doubles and a homer. Martinez and the rest of the Sox line up will have to step up, knowing Jason Bay will be out for the first two games after aggravating his hamstring earlier this week. Boston should be excited about the rotation going into the series. Josh Beckett is scheduled for game two and Clay Buchholz and John Lester will take on games three and four. Get ready for what should be a thrilling preview for a possible playoff series later this year.
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