Sox Come Back....Tigers Still Hissing
The Boston Red Sox came back with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the New York Yankees 7-5. Wakes allowed 4 runs, three in the first, in four innings, but the bullpen was stingy in the victory. Craig Hansen pitched a one hit ninth for the save. Craig, we need you this year bigtime. JD Drew homered for one of the eleven Sox hits. And to "borrow" a few words from today's Herald......"The real fun starts April 20 in Boston when the Sox and Yankees play their first of 18 games."
Elsewhere in the Sunshine state, the Detroit Tigers are still seething about Josh Beckett and his seemingly "who cares" attitude after beaning two Tigers and coming close to hitting a third. This is from the Courant......I linked the entire article, so click on the title.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "Saturday's bench-clearing incident with the Tigers is not going away. And based on comments by Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen, it could still be festering May 14 when the teams play at Fenway.
Tigers pitcher Todd Jones was then ejected for attempting to retaliate against J.D. Drew in the top of the fifth. Manager Jim Leyland was also ejected, but not before emptying both benches and bullpens by jawing with Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale.
Guillen begs to differ, telling the Detroit Free Press he was angry at Beckett's apparent lack of concern after a curveball hit Magglio Ordonez in the helmet in the third, sending him to the hospital with a left ear bruise.
"It's the way he reacted," Guillen said. "He stood at the mound. It's like he didn't [care]. When you hit somebody in spring training, you should feel bad. He almost hit Brandon in the face with a fastball. He hit [Gary] Sheffield with a first-pitch fastball. It makes you think, `What's going on?'"
After hitting Ordonez, Beckett sought out plate umpire Larry Vanover while Ordonez lay injured at the plate, saying he didn't intend to hit him."
Peter here. I didn't see the game, but I've read so much about it. I hope Josh was just having a bad day. The Tigers are coming to town May 14th, and chances are Mr. Beckett will be one of the starters. I just hope this doesn't turn into a beanball war. Someone will get hurt. A small hard round object travelling at 88 plus miles per hour impacting the human body is NOT a good thing. I hope things stay sane. The last thing this club needs are injuries ala 2006.