Saturday, April 21, 2007

That's what I'm talking about!

Red Sox overcome 2 more homers by A-Rod
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By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer April 20, 2007
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BOSTON --Alex Rodriguez hit two more homers, but Coco Crisp tied the game with a two-run triple and then scored the winning run on Alex Cora's blooper during a five-run eighth inning Friday night in the Boston Red Sox's 7-6, comeback victory over the New York Yankees.
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Crisp was already in the highlights after toppling into the Boston bullpen in pursuit of Rodriguez's second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the fifth that gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 and joined Mike Schmidt, who hit 12 homers in the first 15 games in 1976, as the fastest to reach a dozen in baseball history.
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Kyle Snyder (1-0) allowed one walk and struck out one while getting two outs in the eighth. With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable after pitching in each of the previous two games, Hideki Okajima pitched the ninth for his first major league save.
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Okajima retired Derek Jeter on a groundout and walked Bobby Abreu before Rodriguez lined out to second base. Kevin Thompson struck out to end the game. Mariano Rivera (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
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Rodriguez, who has hit safely in all 15 games this year, also leads the majors with 30 RBIs and 65 total bases.
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J.D. Drew had three hits for Boston, which trailed 5-2 before David Ortiz led off the eighth with a double and Manny Ramirez walked. Drew moved the runners up, then Mike Lowell singled to make it 6-3 and bring in Rivera.
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Jason Varitek, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, singled to make it 6-4, then Crisp tripled down the right-field line to tie it. With the infield in, Cora fisted a blooper over Jeter's head to the back of the infield dirt, driving in the go-ahead run.
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The Red Sox wore green uniforms to honor late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, with black "VT" patches in memory of those who died at Virginia Tech. And the Red Sox played more like the franchise that won the 16 championship banners that hung from the Green Monster before the game instead of the one that had the second-worst record in the NBA this season.
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Rodriguez flied out to the warning track in the second inning, then homered to left to lead off the fourth. Jeter and Abreu singled in the fifth before Rodriguez made it 5-2 with a line drive off Curt Schilling that sent Crisp back to the short wall and over it.
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Rodriguez, who entered the game 6-for-31 (.194) against Schilling, moved past Willie Stargell and Stan Musial into the top 25 on baseball's all-time homer list with 474. The Yankees third baseman also doubled and scored in the eighth.
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Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed two runs on eight hits, a pair of walks and a hit batter. He struck out three but allowed a two-run homer to Varitek, his first of the season.
Schilling gave up five runs and eight hits and a walk in seven innings, snapping a personal two-game winning streak and a 16-inning scoreless streak.
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Yankees catcher Jorge Posada injured his left thumb while catching and left the game in the middle of the fourth inning; X-rays were negative. Will Nieves replaced him behind the plate and threw Drew out trying to steal second.

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