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Posted By Alex Belth On May 24, 2007 @ 5:06 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
By the time Alex Rodriguez  came to bat in the first inning the Yankees had a 3-0 lead. Curt Schilling did not throw  at Rodriguez , nor did any other Boston pitcher. Schilling had troubles of his own–as did his fielders–as the Yankees added single runs in the second, third and fourth. Andy Pettitte  pitched a terrific game, and was helped out by two key double plays (including one very slick play by Robinson Cano). Godzilla Matsui and Mr. Minky both homered as the Bombers won, 8-3 .
Over at his blog, 38 Pitches , Schilling called his performance “a craptastic finish to what could have been a nice series. I never gave us a chance to even get into this game.”
Kyle Farnsworth upset the good mood temporarily with a characteristically shaky performance in the eighth inning, but Mariano Rivera struck out the side looking in the ninth, with home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor providing the theatrics. Bucknor’s exaggerated strike-three call certainly did not make it any easier for the Red Sox. Lugo, who was called out on an absolutely nasty cutter that hit the inside corner on the plate, got in Bucknor’s face. The YES announcers were cracking up–Paul O’Neill mentioned how angry hitters get when they feel like the umpire is putting too much mustard on a call. For Yankee fans, it was a much-needed moment of levity. A fine way to end the evening.
Couple of things:
Jason Giambi , who went 0-4 last night and is mired in a hitting slump, met with MLB officials  yesterday, then was tight-lipped about what went on  when confronted about the meeting later by reporters.
It’s official: Carl Pavano  will undergo Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his misbegotten term in pinstripes.
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URLs in this post:
 Alex Rodriguez: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/24/sports/baseball/24pins.html?_r=1&ref=baseball&oref=slogin
 Curt Schilling did not throw: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/05/24/a_rod_in_another_dust_up/
 Rodriguez: http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=1002873
 Andy Pettitte: http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070524/SPORTS01/705240424/1108
 8-3: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/boxscores/2007/05/23/17470_boxscore.html
 38 Pitches: http://38pitches.com/2007/05/24/52307-vs-new-york/#more-84
 Derek Jeter: http://www.nypost.com/seven/05242007/sports/yankees/jeter_is_already_one_of_the_greats_yankees_mike_vaccaro.htm
 Joe DiMaggio: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/24/2007-05-24_jeter_passes_dimaggio_on_hit_list.html
 Jason Giambi: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/05/24/giambi_now_the_silent_type/
 MLB officials: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spgiambi245227871may24,0,5072845.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 what went on: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/24/2007-05-24_damon_drugtest_leaking_is_a_bitter_pill.html
 Carl Pavano: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/24/sports/baseball/24pavano.html?ref=baseball
 Roger Clemens: http://www.nypost.com/seven/05242007/sports/yankees/roger_makes_toronto_push_yankees_kevin_kernan.htm
 a minor league start: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/24/2007-05-24_rocket_not_rockin.html
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