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  • Boston Massacre

    Excellent.

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    By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer

    BOSTON Aug 21, 2006 (AP)* The New York Yankees celebrated in the dugout as if they'd just clinched a playoff berth. In a way, they've done everything but.

    Hugging and shaking hands after a demoralizing five-game sweep of the rival Red Sox,
    New York took a season-high 6 1/2-game lead in the AL East with a 2-1 victory over Boston on Monday. The Yankees have never squandered a lead that large, and they hadn't swept Boston in five games in more than half a century.

    "A sweep in Boston?" winning pitcher Cory Lidle said, pausing before breaking out in a big smile. "Pretty awesome."

    After outscoring the Red Sox 47-25 in four games over three days and two early mornings, the Yankees rediscovered their pitching to win the sleepy series finale at Fenway Park.

    "Everything went about as wrong as it could," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "It's not been a very good five days."

    Lidle (2-2) pitched six shutout innings in his third and best start since coming to New York at the trading deadline along with more-heralded slugger Bobby Abreu. With All-Star closer Mariano Rivera unavailable after pitching two innings to win Sunday night's game actually, it ended at 1:26 a.m. Monday Kyle Farnsworth pitched the ninth for his second save in six tries.

    Yankees manager Joe Torre shouted in the Yankees' dugout and exchanged hearty handshakes with his coaches, then hugged his players as they came off the field.

    Even they found it hard to believe.

    "It was emotional," Torre said. "When you're sitting there, a manager's dream is to have these guys, their attitude. The guys that didn't play today you had to be in the dugout to hear the support that they gave each other."

    There were a lot of regulars not playing for the Yankees, who rested center fielder Johnny Damon, catcher Jorge Posada and first baseman Jason Giambi and used Derek Jeter at designated hitter. David Wells (2-3) coasted through the makeshift lineup for five innings before Abreu doubled in Melky Cabrera to break the scoreless tie.

  • #2
    What can I say...my Sox choked. I've got tickets for the September 15th game in Yankee Stadium. We'll see where the race is then.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LoTGoD
      What can I say...my Sox choked. I've got tickets for the September 15th game in Yankee Stadium. We'll see where the race is then.
      Meh... Meanwhile the Mariners maintain their position as the premier AL farm team.

      woo hoo. go M's...

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      • #4
        and the 'stros can't pull their sh!t together even with clemens and all the cash he devours

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LoTGoD
          What can I say...my Sox choked. I've got tickets for the September 15th game in Yankee Stadium. We'll see where the race is then.
          They choked for 5 straight games, at home... that's 1 game more than the Yankees choke of 2004- not all of which were at home.

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          • #6
            I'm thinking this thread deserves the same amount of respect that you've shown YJowner in his Army/Navy thread, Bird.

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            • #7
              Yankees $uck

              Being from the south, with a few exceptions, there's not much I like about yankees. Especially from nyc

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              • #8
                Well, I grew up when the Braves had like three fans in attendance on a good day. I've been a lifelong Yankees fan but suddenly found I'm having a difficult time supporting them. It's amazing what an obnoxious fan can do to a sport.

                Go Braves!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by blackwater

                  Go Braves!
                  I have some good friends in the Charleston area who got me following the Braves, especially now that they are in the same division as our poor team. But it has not been a good year for the Braves or the Nats. Maybe one day we'll see them battling it out like the Yanks & the Red Sox.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jeepstir
                    I have some good friends in the Charleston area who got me following the Braves, especially now that they are in the same division as our poor team. But it has not been a good year for the Braves or the Nats. Maybe one day we'll see them battling it out like the Yanks & the Red Sox.

                    If this day ever occurs I will jump on a plane and join you! Promised!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Toralf
                      If this day ever occurs I will jump on a plane and join you! Promised!
                      Now THAT would be great!!
                      However, unfortunately I must admit, I not going to hold my breath, at least on the Nats part! They can be very frustrating at times. MOST times!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jeepstir
                        Now THAT would be great!!
                        However, unfortunately I must admit, I not going to hold my breath, at least on the Nats part! They can be very frustrating at times. MOST times!
                        Try being a USC Game**** fan for awhile, Jeepstir.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jeepstir
                          Now THAT would be great!!
                          However, unfortunately I must admit, I not going to hold my breath, at least on the Nats part! They can be very frustrating at times. MOST times!

                          I promised and it's something to look forward to...
                          You know, I even cross the ocean to see a Nascar race ;o)
                          ok, and go wheeling and stroll around Gettysburgh, so next time watching a game would be great

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Toralf
                            I promised and it's something to look forward to...
                            You know, I even cross the ocean to see a Nascar race ;o)
                            ok, and go wheeling and stroll around Gettysburgh, so next time watching a game would be great
                            I thoroughly enjoyed that day Toralf! I wish I could have gone on to Pocono with you! I love Nascar and haven't been to a race in several years. Does anybody play baseball over there in Germany, or anywhere in Europe?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jeepstir
                              I thoroughly enjoyed that day Toralf! I wish I could have gone on to Pocono with you! I love Nascar and haven't been to a race in several years. Does anybody play baseball over there in Germany, or anywhere in Europe?

                              Yeah, there are some people here playing baseball and they even have kind of a league but it is more for outsiders or insiders in this case.
                              You know, for me it was the only chance to watch a Nascar race since they stopped showing it on TV over here, they still don't... may be next time we can arrange something to see a race together?

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