Youkilis in middle of 2 wild sequences in Boston's loss to New York

Updated: August 30, 2007, 7:42 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Kevin Youkilis sat at a table in the back of the visitors' clubhouse, chatting with Curt Schilling and other teammates about the day's events.

It was a lot to take in.

Youkilis was in the middle of two wild sequences in Boston's 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday, leading to two ejections and more fuel for the longtime rivalry between the AL East powers.

Youkilis went into the infield grass to elude a tag by third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, then was called out for leaving the basepath when the umpires huddled to review the call. Red Sox manager Terry Francona bolted out of the dugout and was ejected after a short argument.

Youkilis was batting in the ninth when Joba Chamberlain threw consecutive pitches over his head and was ejected. The Red Sox first baseman stared at New York manager Joe Torre when he left the dugout and held his palms up as Torre went to talk to the umps.

"It is what it is and two balls thrown over somebody's head 98 mph, I don't know," Youkilis said. "I didn't see any other pitches going that far out of the strike zone."

Youkilis almost got into it with former Yankees reliever Scott Proctor when the right-hander hit him with a pitch that veered near his head during New York's 9-5 victory on June 1. The benches and bullpens emptied, and Proctor was immediately ejected.

"That's the second time," Youkilis said. "Scott Proctor hit me in the head. Coincidence? I don't know. It doesn't look good."

Chamberlain, a rookie who has struck out 17 and walked four in 11 1-3 scoreless innings with New York, said both pitches slipped. He said he has too much respect for the Red Sox to throw at them.

"I mean, if there's a message involved here, and it certainly wasn't a message, you're certainly not going to send a 21-year-old kid out there with limited experience to send a message," Torre said. "That's absolutely ridiculous."

Youkilis' teammates didn't want to hazard a guess about the ninth-inning sequence. Red Sox captain Jason Varitek declined comment and Schilling said he didn't know what to think.

"There is more than a little bit of history between these clubs," said second base umpire Derryl Cousins, the crew chief. "Those were two pretty nasty pitches the young man threw. Up here, you need to be a little better throwing strikes and we just had to put a lid on it before there was a problem."

Cousins had a big part in Youkilis' seventh-inning adventure on the basepaths that ended up with him being called out while standing on third base. Youkilis bolted inside to avoid A-Rod's tag on J.D. Drew's grounder to third.

Torre came out to argue Youkilis ran out of the basepath on the play, and the umpires called him out after a short conference.

"In my mind it wasn't initially called and I think I was in the baseline when the tag was put down," Youkilis said. "That's one of the things in baseball that never is clearly identified as what is the exact rule."

Cousins said the initial call was just a product of miscommunication, and third base umpire Mark Carlson had Youkilis out for running out of the basepath.

"I try to play the game hard and try to go around him and it didn't work that time," Youkilis said.


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