36-17: Wakefield knocked about in a wild one


The won-loss records may not reflect it, but these teams are still very much rivals in their minds. The Yankees ran away with a 9-5 victory yesterday after some early offensive fireworks. There were some other fireworks yet to come, as Yankees skipper Joe Torre was uncharacteristically ejected for arguing a caught stealing call in the fifth inning, and Scott Proctor nearly beheaded Kevin Youkilis in the ninth. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Tim Wakefield (5-6) only lasted 3 2/3 innings yesterday in his worst outing of 2007. Struggling mightily with control, Wakefield walked six and allowed eight runs. This marks his third bad start in a row, and is a reality check for those who thought early on that Wake had somehow morphed into Hoyt Wilhelm. Jorge Posada doubled twice, including a bases loaded double which helped to put the game away.

The bullpen came in and did a good job, but the damage had been done. Chien-Ming Wang (4-4) and the Yankee bullpen did just good enough of a job to hold off the Sox, and the rest is history.

Big Papi had 3 singles, and Manny had 4, but beyond that, there wasn’t a whole lot to get excited about offensively. Dustin Pedroia continues to swing a hot stick, and stroked three hits, including two doubles. Kevin Youkilis had a single in three at bats to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Mike Lowell left the game after getting hit by a pitch on the wrist; let’s hope he’s okay. Should he miss time, Youkilis would shift over to third base and Eric Hinske would likely start at first for a while. BTW, has anyone given any thought to whether Wily Mo Pena could learn to play first base? That’s probably asking a lot without him being able to go to the minors, I guess.

There was the expected razzing of A-Rod for his extracurricular activities. Some people have been talking about what happens if he opts out of his contract with the Yankees after this season, but I don’t think his coming to Boston is a good idea. There’s too much ill will now with current players and fans, and the guy is not as classy as he was made out to be, not by a long shot. Just let him go to some middle-market team and set personal records.

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