Sore hand sidelines Red Sox catcher

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was out of the lineup with a sore right wrist Sunday, one day after he pushed
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the face and touched off a bench-clearing brawl.

Varitek said he didn't know how he injured himself, but it was
likely that it was during the fight.

"I don't think of any other way it could have happened," he
said. "I'll be all right."

Varitek said he felt fine when he left the ballpark, but started
to feel pain before he got to bed. Team doctor Bill Morgan said he
didn't see the need for X-rays.

"It's gotten a lot better," Varitek said. "I was getting a
little worried last night."

Also Sunday, the Red Sox placed right fielder Trot Nixon on the
15-day disabled list with a left thigh injury that he said didn't
result from the fight.

The Red Sox were trailing 3-0 and hitless Saturday before
Bronson Arroyo plunked Rodriguez, prompting the AL MVP to stare at
the mound as he moved slowly toward first. Varitek positioned
himself in front of Rodriguez and the two began jawing before
Varitek, still wearing his mask, pushed the Yankees star in the

The dugouts and bullpens emptied.

"I told him, in choice words, to get to first base," Varitek
said after the game, which the Red Sox won 11-10 on Bill Mueller's
two-run homer in the ninth. "And then it changed from him yelling
at Bronson to yelling at each other, and then things got out of

Several scrums erupted, with Gabe Kapler battling Yankees
starter Tanyon Sturtze, soon joined by Nixon and David Ortiz.
Kapler and Kenny Lofton also were ejected.

"Everyone wants to turn it into something it's not," Red Sox
pitcher Curt Schilling said. "There's a lot of respect between
these two clubs. And there should be."

Asked if it reinforced in his mind the intensity of the Red
Sox-Yankees rivalry, Schilling said, "I don't think I needed any
reinforcement. I've never seen a rivalry like this in sports."

Boston manager Terry Francona said he wasn't concerned about
suspensions from the brawl.

"I have a feeling when they look at the film, I think we will
probably fare better than them," Francona said.

Boston is already expecting to be without Ortiz pending his
appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing bats toward the

Nixon started the season on the disabled list with a slight disk
herniation then strained his left quadriceps while rehabilitating
the back injury and missed the first 63 games. He said Sunday he
would rest for a week then undergo an MRI on his quadriceps.

"My leg feels like a rock sometimes," he said before the
finale of the three-game series against the New York Yankees.
"It's so hard in there, so much fluid and blood."

He said he didn't think he would need surgery.

Also Sunday, the Red Sox placed reliever Curtis Leskanic on the
15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder and activated
reliever Terry Adams, obtained Saturday in a trade with Toronto.
Boston also called up catcher-first baseman Andy Dominique from
Triple-A Pawtucket to take Nixon's roster spot.