As the Manny Ramirez drama continued to unfold in Boston, the New York Yankees administered a good old fashioned ass whuppin' on the confused Red Sox 10-3.
Andy Pettitte recovered from a rocky start to dominate Boston hitting. That makes eight straight wins for the surging Yankees. Pettitte worked six innings striking out seven while Robinson Cano continued his torrid post-all star game streak, going 3 for 4 with a run and three RBI's.
A-rod got smacked by a pitch, further fueling the already simmering bad blood that is always present during this rivalry.
News reports earlier in the day hinted that Red Sox management is just about done with Manny Ramirez's stupidity. Terry Francona is obviously tired of defending the laziest defensive player in major league baseball. Thankfully Manny didn't have to do much today except field balls bouncing off the green monster in left field. He went 0-4 and didn't look like he cared. What's new? If he waives his no trade clause, look for the Red Sox to dump him.
Hats off to Edwar Ramirez who has now retired 36 of his last 41 batters. Wow!
The two newest Yankees Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte both saw action. Nady started in left field and Marte whiffed David Ortiz in a crucial at bat.
The Bottom Line. The Yanks have the Sox on their heels. After the Rays win tonight, New York remains three games out of first place, but closes to within one of second place Boston. There's still a lot of baseball left to play. The pitching staff is on fire. I'm not here to preach run production tonight. The bats were crackin' today. Well done.