DAY TWO OF TWO GAME SERIES WITH TWO TEAMS TIED FOR FIRST: BOSTON PREVAILS 7-5 • Latino Sports

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DAY TWO OF TWO GAME SERIES WITH TWO TEAMS TIED FOR FIRST: BOSTON PREVAILS 7-5

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Much like the day before, Boston got on the scoreboard first on the top of the second inning with Manny Ramirez belting a tremendous homerun slightly to the right of the 408 sign over a leaping Yankee Center Fielder Melky Cabrera. El Bronx, NY April 17, 2008: Much like the day before, Boston got on the scoreboard first on the top of the second inning with Manny Ramirez belting a tremendous homerun slightly to the right of the 408 sign over a leaping Yankee Center Fielder Melky Cabrera. After rounding first base he extended his right arm pointing at the fans who had earlier given him roar of boos. No one will question the decision of pitching to Manny at this point of the game, even on a 3 – 1 count.Yesterday’s game went over 4 hours. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and ESPN baseball broadcaster commented off the booth that “The Yankees and the Red Sox players should not get paid more than anybody else just because so happens that their games last longer.” For the second time in a row, on the top of the third, Mike Mussina hit Jacoby Ellsbury and twice he stole second base. The second time he reached third when Yankee catcher Chad Moeller threw it pass the infielder covering (despite a pitch out). Ellsbury scored on an RBI hit by Dustin Pedroia. With Papi Ortiz hitting into a force out, he scored when Manny Ramirez, once again getting the crowd to unwelcome him, hit a 2-2 pitch deep into the left field stands.  Will someone question why Mussina is being allowed to pitch to Manny? The next two batters, Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew singled putting two on with two outs in an inning prolonged by the sixth hit of Mike Mussina. The seventh hit came off the next batter, Jason Varitek, with the fourth run of the inning with and Boston now leading 5-0.It is hoped that as the season moves on no one will question why Mussina is pitching at all. He started the game at 1-2 and a 4.15 ERA.Melky Cabrera got the first Yankee hit on the bottom of the third inning off Boston ace Josh Beckett who so far this season is getting off to a slow start at 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA. But as far as moving the game along Beckett seemed to move the game a faster pace than the 15-9 game of the night before.Puerto Rican Jonathan Albaladejo replaced Mussina to begin the top of the fourth. Do people have a hard time pronouncing Jonathan’s last name? For this writer it did take some mental mapping. Breaking up the name Alba la dejo in Spanish would mean that someone named Alba left her … Anyway Albaladejo put the ball in play for one hit and three outs, no runs scored.With yesterday’s homerun, as most may have read by now, Alex Rodriguez to 17th place  by surpassing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams who were tied at 521 each for 16th place. Manny Ramirez with his two homeruns – five this season – has 495 and is getting closer to the 500 club and is in 24thplace. This multi-homer game is the 50th of his career, and puts him in sole possession of 10th place on that all-time list.On the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees slowed Josh Beckett’s game with two hits, but Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada struck out for the final two outs of the inning. Hey, two strikeouts with two men on base! This is post-season caliber pitching when the pitcher does not allow the runners to score.On the top of the 5th Manny Ramirez got his third hit of the game, but this time a single off Alba-la-dejo. But after Kevin Youkilis got a hit, the next batter, J.D. Drew doubled both runners in making the score seven to nothing.Josh Beckett’s game got even slower on the bottom of the fifth when Melky Cabrera walked with one out, after Johnny Damon doubled with two outs, Derek Jeter hit a ball through between third and short for a two-run RBI single. Bobby Abreu’s double brought in Jeter for the third run of the inning. Abreu was left stranded on second when Alex popped the ball up to the catcher Veritek. There were several interesting things about the top of the seventh when Kyle Farnsworth came to pitch. For one, he was not booed. Manny Ramirez came to bat and he was not booed. Farnsworth first pitch to Manny went behind his head. Manny did not get another homerun or any kind of hit and lastly, no hard hit balls were hit of Farnsworth.   In the meantime Josh Beckett retired the Yankees in order the next three innings: the sixth, seventh and eight. Jonathan Papelbon, one of the best closers in the game pitched the ninth and sent the Yankees to their 10-game road trip. Well, actually not before a Jorge Posada double, a wild pitch, a Robinson Cano ground-out scoring Posada who had advanced to third, Melky Cabrera’s third homerun of the season over the right field fence and a three hour, twenty minute game. 

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