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June 3, 2007
FINAL: New York 6, Boston 5
BOSTON -- It was a wild weekend at Fenway Park and last night didn't disappoint.
The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez belted an opposite-field solo home run in the top of the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon en route to a 6-5 victory.
A-Rod has taken a ton of grief from Red Sox fans during this three-game set for all the distractions on and off the field he's given his teammates, so it was a little ironic he would be the hero for New York last night.
Posted by Joe McDonald at 11:55 PM | Permalink
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Damon at first?
Kevin McNamara will have more on this later, but right now the Yankees' Johnny Damon is taking ground balls at first base with bench coach Don Mattingly -- a former first baseman for New York -- giving him some tips. It's pretty strange to see Damon at first, but it's possible that could be his new position.
Posted by Joe McDonald at 6:30 PM | Permalink
Timlin, Lester update
The Pawtucket Red Sox had their game against the Norfolk Tides postponed today due to inclement weather. As a result, Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester and Mike Timlin will have to wait until tomorrow to continue their rehabs. Lester will start the first game of tomorrow's doubleheader and Timlin is expected to start the second game and work two innings.
Posted by Joe McDonald at 6:09 PM | Permalink
J.D. Drew update
J.D. Drew is out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with hamstring issues, but Red Sox manger Terry Francona said he expects the right fielder to be back tomorrow when the team travels to Oakland.
“He’s doing much better today,” said Francona. “He went through some series of exercises and we’re pretty hopeful he’ll play right field tomorrow. That would really help us.”
Francona said the team’s medical staff was really “upbeat” about Drew’s condition today. Drew was taken out of Friday's game against the Yankees and said he's been feeling the tenderness in his hamstring where it connects to his right knee for about a week and a half.
Posted by Joe McDonald at 5:50 PM | Permalink
As the Yankee players walked into the cramped clubhouse under the third base stands, they were sharply dressed in stylish suits and ties. The team is slated to fly to Chicago for a series with the White Sox after tonight's game.
Almost as soon as they walked into the room, however, several players rushed to laptops set up around the area and checked on the weather. The forecast is gloomy with rain - heavy rain - arriving tonight. The question is when. If it wasn't for ESPN, the two teams would be done playing and be on their charter flights by now (the Sox are headed cross-country to Oakland). But they're forced to wait until an 8:05 first pitch time.
Will it be raining by then? Downpouring by 9:30 perhaps? No rain until after midnight? Who knows. The Yankees, and fans up and down the East Coast, will keep checking the radar on their computers.
Posted by Kevin at 5:40 PM | Permalink
Yankees Lineup; Sunday night game
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Josh Phelps 1B
Melky Cabrera CF
Andy Pettitte P
Posted by Kevin at 5:37 PM | Permalink
Julio Lugo, 6
Dustin Pedroia, 4
Manny Ramirez, 7
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3
Mike Lowell, 5
Jason Varitek, 2
Wily Mo Pena, 9
Coco Crisp, 8
Josh Beckett, SP
Posted by Joe McDonald at 5:32 PM | Permalink
Weather update from Fenway Park
The Red Sox just released this statement:
The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Meteorlogix) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for rain showers to move into the area later this evening.
The Fenway Park gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 6:05 p.m., and the Red Sox will do everything possible to make certain that tonight’s game with the Yankees will be played. However, the Red Sox want to alert our fans to the current forecast for this evening.
This forecast is of course subject to change as the afternoon and evening progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.
Posted by Joe McDonald at 5:31 PM | Permalink
Sox Streakers for June 3
Here's a statistical primer for tonight's game (weather permitting)
-Josh Beckett, looks to become the first Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to win his first nine decisions
-Dustin Pedroia, 12-game hitting streak, going 21 for 42 (.500) during those games
-Mike Lowell, 22-game hitting streak in games at Fenway Park, going 34 for 82 (.415) during those games
-Manny Ramirez, 8 for 18 (.444) in the five games of this homestand
-Julio Lugo, 8 for his last 62 (.129)
-Wily Mo Pena, 5 for his last 30 (.167)
Yankees vs. Josh Beckett
-Robinson Cano, 6 for 11 (.545), 1 HR
-Johnny Damon, 4 for 11 (.364)
-Derek Jeter, 4 for 12 (.333)
-Jorge Posada, 2 for 7 (.286)
-Miguel Cairo, 1 for 4 (.250)
-Melky Cabrera, 3 for 13 (.231)
-Alex Rodriguez, 3 for 13 (.231)
-Hideki Matsui, 1 for 5 (.200)
-Bobby Abreu, 6 for 41 (.146), 2 HR
Red Sox vs. Andy Pettitte
-Kevin Youkilis, 4 for 7 (.571), 1 HR
-J.D. Drew, 6 for 14 (.429), 2 HR
-Manny Ramirez, 28 for 67 (.419), 3 HR
-Wily Mo Pena, 4 for 11 (.364)
-Jason Varitek, 15 for 44 (.341), 1 HR
-Mike Lowell, 3 for 9 (.333)
-David Ortiz, 10 for 31 (.323), 1 HR
-Julio Lugo, 5 for 17 (.294)
-Dustin Pedroia, 2 for 7 (.286)
-Coco Crisp, 3 for 11 (.273)
-Eric Hinske, 1 for 7 (.143)
-Alex Cora, 0 for 2
-In 11 games so far against the Yankees, the Red Sox are batting .319 as a team with 17 home runs. Boston pitchers have a 5.44 E.R.A. For the season, the team is batting .281, and its E.R.A. is 3.85.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 5:29 PM to Projo Sox Streakers