Yankees put aside injuries, hold off Red Sox

Originally Published: May 24, 2006
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BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

The Yankees are banged-up and bruised, but somehow managed to beat the Red Sox twice in Fenway Park this week to re-establish a little bit of credibility after some early struggles in the series.

Somehow, the Yankees always seem to get it done, as evidenced by their two amazing wins over the Rangers and Mets last week and this week's rebounding effort.

Now, it gets a little easier for the Yankees with Kansas City coming to town for a three-game series this upcoming weekend. The Royals have dropped 12 straight overall and 14 in a row at Yankee Stadium. Don't be too surprised if these streaks continue and the Bronx Bombers get on a little bit of a roll.

Inside the series
Yankees win series, 2-1:
• The combination of Melky Cabrera, Bernie Williams and Terrence Long hit .313 this series, including 7-for-13 with four runs scored and six RBI in Wednesday's win.

David Ortiz went 0-for-9 in the last two games and left nine runners on base.

• The starting pitchers from both teams combined for a 6.94 ERA.

ELIAS SAYS
Brian Moehler beat Greg Maddux in the Marlins' 9-3 victory over the Cubs. Moehler defeated Maddux the only other time the two veterans opposed each other as starters, on Sept. 1, 1997 (Tigers at Braves). At the time of their first meeting, Maddux was already a four-time Cy Young Award winner and Moehler was less than a year removed from his big league debut.

Maddux is 0-4 this month after posting a 5-0 mark during April. Maddux is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to lose his first four decisions in May in a season in which he went 5-0 (or better) in April.

• In Tampa Bay's 10-8 victory at Toronto, Carl Crawford became the first player to collect five hits and four stolen bases in a game since Rickey Henderson did it for the Yankees on April 11, 1988.

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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS AND NOTES
Dan Ortmeier • OF Dan Ortmeier made his first start of the season for the Giants in their 10-4 loss to the Cardinals and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. But after the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

• The Phillies placed LHP Cole Hamels on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and recalled RHP Clay Condrey from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Hamels on the roster.

• The Mets brought up RHP Heath Bell from Triple-A Norfolk to replace RHP Jorge Julio, who was traded to the Diamondbacks for RHP Orlando Hernandez.

RUMOR CENTRAL
Cub for life?
Aramis Ramirez Aramis Ramirez isn't worried about being part of a midsummer purge if the Cubs continue to flounder, the Chicago Tribune reports. There has been no talk of trading Ramirez -- who's in the second year of a four-year, $42 million contract -- but he is the kind of player who could command great interest and several top-level prospects in return.

"I signed a four-year deal here," he told the newspaper. "If I was thinking of leaving, I wouldn't have signed. I would have gone on the free-agent market. I signed, and I expect to be here. ... But this is a business, and I know anything can happen."

Ramirez is making $10.5 million this season, and he will get $11 million in '07 and $11.5 million in '08. If he plays in 270 total games in '07 and '08, the '09 option year kicks in at $11 million. One thing he does not have is a full no-trade clause.

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WEDNESDAY'S MOTION
Jim Thome and the White Sox sweep the A's.
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
GOOD
Carl Crawford went 5-for-5 (one home run and four singles) and scored five runs in the Devil Rays' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays.
BAD
The Astros didn't get a hit after the third inning (collecting just three hits the entire game) and didn't advance a runner past second base after the second inning in losing to the Nationals, 5-1.
UGLY
Greg Maddux got hit hard, allowing six runs on eight hits in six innings, and lost his fourth straight decision, falling 9-3 to the Marlins. The defeat was the Cubs' third straight and sixth in their past seven games.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Omar Infante
AP Photo/Ed Zurga
Omar Infante hits the first of his two solo homers in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Royals.
FORWARD THINKING: THURSDAY
Astros at Nationals, 1:05 p.m. ET: After losing his first two starts of the season, Tony Armas (4-2, 3.08) is unbeaten in his last seven. He gets the start for the Nationals. Andy Pettitte (3-5, 5.03), winless in three road starts this season, throws for the Astros.

Brett MyersPhillies at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET: Brett Myers (2-2, 2.75) hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts. He gets the call for the Phillies. Jeremi Gonzalez (0-0, 10.13) could be pitching to save his spot on the Mets roster.

Devil Rays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET: Josh Beckett (6-1, 4.19) is third in the American League in batting average against (.214), and makes just his fourth start of the season at Fenway Park. Doug Waechter (0-2, 6.63) gets the start for the Devil Rays.

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QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I remember a few years ago, C.C. would come in 96, 97, 98 [mph] with his fastball. Now, he's throwing 95 and locating his pitches better. He's a pitcher now."
-- Torii Hunter on C.C. Sabathia, who tossed a complete-game, six-hit shutout in the Indians' 11-0 win over the Twins
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