Yankees Take Two, Lose Two

The Yankees earned a split on Monday with the Boston Red Sox, but at what cost? Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano were both injured by pitches from Boston's Pedro Martinez. The Yankees went on to win without them, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth on Curtis Pride's infield single off of Byung Hyun Kim to win 2-1.

Mike Mussina was overpowering for the Yanks, but was stuck in a duel with Pedro and couldn't garner a victory. The only run that Mussina allowed came in the first inning, and it just as easily could have been unearned. Pride misplayed Manny Ramirez's long fly ball to right field, allowing Todd Walker to score from first base. The ball was hit well, but Pride should have been able to catch it. Instead, the ball went over his head, off the wall and over his head again to allow Walker to score. For five innings that would be the only run in the game. Pedro and the Moose matched zeroes with each other in a classic pitcher's duel. Pedro, pitching the way he always does (up and in), injured Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter in the bottom of the first. Soriano fouled a ball off of his hand, and then headed into the trainer's room after striking out. Jeter was hit on the hand and took first base, coming out of the game after the next half inning. The injuries forced the Yankees to employ a makeshift infield. Enrique Wilson took over at shortstop, Robin Ventura moved to second base, and Todd Zeile came in to play third base. Ventura had never played second base at the major league level, though he spent one game at shortstop back in 1994 for the White Sox. He made two errors in that game, but he was flawless in two chances on Monday. Mussina continued to blow past the Red Sox, retiring the next 21 batters in a row after Ramirez' first inning double. Mussina finished with eight innings, allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out nine. But the game was far from over. Kim relieved Pedro to start the eighth inning and retired the side allowing just an intentional walk to Jason Giambi. In the ninth inning, Kim broke down. He allowed back-to-back singles to Hideki Matsui and Karim Garcia to start the inning. Kim followed that by hitting pinch hitter Jorge Posada with a pitch to load the bases. Ventura struck out swinging to bring up Pride, who homered in his Yankees debut on Sunday. With the infield drawn in to make a play at home, Pride tagged a ball straight to Todd Walker at second base. Walker backhanded the ball, but lost it in his glove. Then he lost his glove and the ball rolled away. By the time he recovered and fired home, his throw sailed wide and Matsui scored to end the game. Mariano Rivera (3-0) picked up the victory, allowing a hit while working an otherwise perfect ninth inning. Kim (2-2) took the loss, allowing an unearned run in 1 1/3 innings. After being pounded by the Red Sox in the first two games of the series, the Yankees bounced back and received two magnificent pitching performances from Andy Pettitte and Mussina to earn the split. The Yanks jumped back to four games ahead of the Red Sox after the game, and now head to Cleveland for their final road trip before the All-Star break. Jeff Weaver (4-6, 5.59) is projected to start the first game of the three-game series with the Indians. Billy Traber (3-5, 4.89) will take the mound for Cleveland. Game one is Tuesday at 7:05pm.

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