NEW YORK -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz could muster nothing against Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts (two called) and a double play in Boston's 5-2 loss to New York. Yet while Ortiz gave some credit to the Yankees ace, he also made no secret about his displeasure with the strike zone of home plate umpire Jerry Layne.
"It was a joke," said Ortiz. "The fact is that on top of [Sabathia] being that good, he’s got [an ump] calling all kinds of [expletive]. That made him better.
"I didn’t see that many strikes that I can hit," Ortiz added. "Swinging at all kinds of [expletive]. That’s what you’ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck."
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NEW YORK -- Red Sox sixth-round draft choice Kendrick Perkins passed the physical that he took for the Red Sox on Friday, thus allowing him to finalize his deal with the club to begin his professional career. The two-sport star out of Texas had a scholarship offer from Texas A&M to play baseball and football.
"He has a unique power-speed combo. There’s a lot to like. He’s not raw by any means," Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said shortly after the draft. "A lot of times, people envision two-sport athletes as raw players. He’s not raw. He’s got an idea up there."
While the bonus figure was not immediately available, Perkins is the first Sox draftee to sign for a bonus above the Major League Baseball slot recommendation this year. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound outfielder is the fourth-highest Sox selection to sign this year.
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees received eight strong innings from CC Sabathia and scored five runs off of a struggling John Lackey to defeat the Red Sox, 5-2, on Saturday.
Sabathia (14-5) allowed just two earned runs in the start, both coming in the second inning. He gave up six hits and walked just one while striking out three to earn his first win since July 22.
After a scoreless first against Lackey, the Yankees tied the score in the second inning. Following a leadoff walk to Lance Berkman, Curtis Granderson tripled to drive in the Yankees first run. Ramiro Pena, starting for an injured Alex Rodriguez, would later ground out in the inning to plate Granderson. The Yankees would take the lead with a pair of RBI singles from Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada off Lackey (10-7) in the fifth inning.
The Sox would never threaten, as Sabathia cruised through the eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect...
NEW YORK -- In an email to WEEI.com, Red Sox principal owner John Henry clarified his remarks that his club "[needs] another miracle" in order to reach the playoffs. Henry suggested that recent events in Red Sox history suggest the plausibility of "miraculous" occurrences, as does recent probability theory.
"The playoff comebacks down 3-0 and 3-1 were nothing short of miraculous in 2004 [and] 2007. What were the odds of winning eight and then seven straight?" Henry wrote in an email. "The unexpected is more prevalent than we imagine."
NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit by a Lance Berkman line drive during batting practice Saturday. Rodriguez was taking ground balls at third when the ball from Berkman hit his left leg. He was able to leave the field under his own power but was clearly limping, according to reports. He is out of the lineup for Saturday, replaced by Ramiro Pena at 3B.
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