A former payroll manager for the defending World Series champion Giants was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the team's salary and expense payments. Robin O'Connor, who was fired July 6, allegedly started taking the money beginning in June of last year. Her scheme unfolded when she forged a letter from a team human resources manager in an attempt to explain her boost in income while in the process of applying for a loan to buy a property in San Diego. O'Connor, a 41-year-old married mother of two who had a salary of $80,000, apparently admitted to at least some of the thefts after being confronted by Giants management.
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Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was criticized by Red Sox starter John Lackey for his excessive celebration in clapping while crossing home plate following a home run, suggested that he was not trying to show up the Sox with the gesture.
Cervelli delivered a solo homer, his second of the year, while leading off the fifth inning, a shot that put the Yankees up 4-2. In his next at-bat, Lackey drilled Cervelli with a first-pitch fastball inside (though Lackey denied that he was doing so intentionally). While Cervelli initially started toward the mound and was yelling at Lackey in Spanish, he proceeded to first without physical incident.
Cervelli is known as a high-energy player who makes a habit of exuberance after base hits and fist pumps after Yankees pitchers deliver strikeouts in key situations (as the catcher did when Boone Logan punched out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Darnell McDonald with the bases loaded in the seventh inning). The...
Things got heated in the seventh inning of the Sox' 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday when John Lackey hit Francisco Cervelli leading off the inning. Lackey said he wasn't trying to hit Cervelli, who had homered in his previous at-bat and celebrated with a clap as he crossed home plate. "I thought it was a little excessive, honestly," Lackey said. "But that's not a spot to handle something like that."
Lackey said he was trying to back Cervelli off the plate and that the last thing he wanted to do was put the leadoff batter on base when his team was down two runs. "I was definitely not trying to hit him. I was trying to knock him down, for sure," Lackey said. "You can go look to see where he stands in the box. You've got to get him off the plate a little bit. I threw a 3-1 pitch that he hit out. I definitely wasn't trying to hit him, but I was definitely trying to move him back. You don't want to put a baserunner...
Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he was sore, but X-rays revealed no further damage on his left forearm after he was hit by a Mariano Rivera pitch in the ninth inning of the Sox' 5-2 loss to the Yankees.
"It hit me right on the bone," Saltalamacchia said. "I had no way of getting out of it. I kind of turned into it and it hit me right on the bone. It stung pretty good, but we got X-rays and everything and was fine, so we'll just deal with the sore and stiffness for a couple of days."
Jason Varitek is slated to catch Wednesday's game with Josh Beckett pitching, so Saltalamacchia will have some time to ice and rest.
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The Red Sox suffered just their third loss in 13 meetings with the Yankees, dropping a 5-2 decision to New York in the series-opener Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
The Sox' downfall could be largely attributed to their inability to capitalize on baserunners, stranding 16 while going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Taking the loss was Red Sox starter John Lackey, who allowed five runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work. The righty, who had won his previous two starts against the Yankees this season, walked four and struck out three while throwing 119 pitches.
The only homer surrendered by Lackey came off the bat of Francisco Cervelli when the catcher went over the left-field wall to lead off the fifth inning. The Sox hurler would proceed to hit Cervelli the next time the two faced off in the seventh, leading to the benches clearing and both sides being warned.
The Red Sox offense could only muster two runs...
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