Found September 05, 2013 on
One thing is certain since Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez last month - the New York Yankees are slowly but surely climbing into playoff contention.
The Yankees and visiting Boston Red Sox meet Thursday night for the first time since that incident, which may have boosted New York in its playoff push.
There always seems to be an added level of intrigue when these arch-rivals meet. That's even more the case since the Yankees' 9-6 victory at Boston on Aug. 18.
Dempster hit Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch in the second inning of that finale of a heated series in which several Boston players complained that the embattled third baseman was allowed to appeal his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case.
New York manager Joe Girardi was vociferous afterward in defending Rodriguez, who homered off Dempster later in the game. Girardi says the focus will be on baseball in this series.
"I think that obviously we know what's at stake and we have to go out and play the games and win the games, and that's the most important thing," Girardi said.
Dempster, who has returned since drawing a five-game suspension for the incident, won't start in this four-game set. Slugger David Ortiz said that he thought it was a bad decision for Dempster to hit Rodriguez, and was then forced to clarify his remarks because it was taken as if he was criticizing a teammate.
"All I said was that I didn't think that hitting A-Rod was right at the time and it was because that kind of woke him up and we ended up losing the game. Did I lie about that?" Ortiz told the Red Sox's official website. "I think it was what everybody saw. I didn't say that I was mad at my teammates for hitting somebody, or I was mad that he hit A-Rod."
The Yankees (75-64) trailed Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 games after that contest, and have narrowed that gap to 2 1/2 for the AL's second wild card by winning 11 of 16 since after sweeping three games from the White Sox this week.
Boston (84-57) leads third-place New York by eight games in the AL East.
Ortiz went 3 for 5 with two homers to reach the 2,000-hit plateau Wednesday as the Red Sox matched the franchise record by going deep eight times in their ninth win in 11 games, 20-4 over Detroit.
"It was like lighting a firework. ... I see everybody happy," Ortiz said. "It's like the fireworks just keep on coming.''
Thursday's matchup of right-handers seems to favor New York since it has won six straight starts by Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88 ERA) while Boston starter Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91) has lost all four prior outings versus the Yankees.
Nova went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six August starts to earn AL pitcher of the month honors, tossing a three-hitter Saturday for his first career shutout in a 2-0 victory over Baltimore. He's 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts versus Boston, with Dustin Pedroia 4 for 8 against him.
Peavy, who owns a 3.96 career ERA against the Yankees, is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts since Boston acquired him July 30 from the White Sox.
Derek Jeter is 0 for 8 against Peavy, his worst mark against any active pitcher.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Video: Probably not good on the hips..
Ryan Dempster stepped off the mound in the 6th inning holding a one-run lead over the Tigers.
His night was over, but his teammates wanted to ensure the right-hander earned his second-straight win, and his eighth on the season when they exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth. The bats came alive — and then some — for Boston on Wednesday night, and Dempster had fun...
There’s less than a month remaining in the regular season, which means that the Red Sox and Yankees are likely more concerned about stringing together wins than they are about last month’s fireworks at Fenway Park. If not, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino is ready to engage.
“If it starts up, I’m going to look for [Yankees president] Randy Levine,” Lucchino joked...
While all of the players implicated in the Biogenesis Performance-Enhancing Drug (PED) scandal other than Alex Rodriguez have accepted their penalties and are currently sitting out the pennant run, the New York Yankees 3B/DH deemed his 211 game suspension excessive and seemingly vowed to fight to the end with his appeal. Well, the end might be coming. According to...
Yankees 4; Red Sox 3
The Boston Red Sox are a coming; actually the team probably arrived last night but you get the point.
As the New York Yankees will host their heated rivals for a four game set up in the Bronx starting tonight.
Last time these two teams met up in Boston, things got heated up thanks to Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster who threw four pitches with the intention of...
It is not that often that someone can turn a belly flop travesty of a slide into a modeling moment, but Alex Rodriguez has accomplished the feat. Check out Alex having some issues with his landing gear while heading into second and then seemingly try to make up for it with a glamour shot.
Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Major League Baseball has sent a ''heads-up'' notice to the umpires working the series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, reminding the crew that the teams had a dustup the last time they played.
The Red Sox visited Yankee Stadium on Thursday night in their first game since Boston's Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch on Aug. 18. That...
It’s just too easy to pick on Alex Rodriguez sometimes. It’s even easier when he tries to get in on the joke and instead makes himself even more laughable.
The latest incident came Thursday night, when Rodriguez got a hold of a Jake Peavy pitch midway through the Yankees’ 9-8 loss to the Red Sox and carved a double into the right-center gap. When Rodriguez made his turn to...
After tonight's rubber match with the Tigers, Boston will have 21 games left in their 2013 season. Seven of those games (or exactly 33.3%) will be against The Bronx Embalmers. Keep in mind that if the Red Sox lose tonight and the Yankees win, they will trail Boston by—you guessed it—seven games. Which is why it will be important to disabuse The Pinstriped Posers of any notion...
The last time the Yankees and Red Sox tangled tempers erupted Alex Rodriguez got plunked and then hit a dramatic home run and the Yanks iced one of their best wins of the season.
Now the bitter rivals tangle again in a four-game series beginning Thursday in the Bronx that should have implications in the American League wild-card chase and perhaps the AL East race. What do the teams...
The cavalry is coming, and it’s just in time for the stretch run.
For the Red Sox, that simply means Clay Buchholz is on his way back. The right-hander continues his rehab assignments, and it’s believed he could return as early as next week in Tampa Bay.
There’s no understating how important Buchholz could be, especially if he returns to anything close to what he was before...
Two mediocre pitchers faced off in Rick Porcello and Ryan Dempster in the series finale vesus the Tigers. You know what that means? Home run deby.
If you had tickets in right field, you picked a great night for a lot of action. Not only were there multiple bombs to right field, but Shane Victorino went falling into the stands to make a catch. Nothing Jeter-esque, but still not bad...
With the start of a four game set in Happytown, the Sox have a chance to put a sizable hurtin’ on the Yankees. Every win will beef up the already imposing 8 game lead the Sox currently enjoy. Dare I suggest that a sweep would pretty much eliminate any Yankee post-season aspirations. On the heels of that insane pasting of the Tigers last night, I’ve got to hope the boys have fine...
In a historic outing, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning dissected the Baltimore Ravens in the Broncos’ 49-27 victory Thursday night at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Completing 26-of-41 passes for 452 yards and an astounding seven touchdowns, the 37-year-old Manning looked more dominant than ever. After missing the entire 2011 campaign to recover from an...
5:23 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the Red Sox’ lineup Wednesday.
Ellsbury was out of the lineup Tuesday, as he’s dealing with a hand issue. John Farrell said before Wednesday’s game that Ellsbury isn’t completely over the ailment, but it’s something that the outfielder will continue to manage.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia will not be in the Red Sox’ lineup Wednesday...