ALCS Notes: Fallout From The Incidents

It would be so much simpler if all the Yankees and Red Sox did was play baseball. As it is, people are being fined, getting angry and consequently taking away from the fun of baseball. Most of the shenanigans took place in game three of the ALCS, but the series has been more than just one game and involves more than just Pedro Martinez and Karim Garcia. (<i>Free Preview of Premium Content</i>)

--Yankees president Randy Levine was livid at Major League Baseball and the Red Sox over breakdowns in security following a Game 3 brawl stemming from Pedro Martinez hitting Karim Garcia. Levine, citing Martinez hitting Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter July 7 at Yankee Stadium and Martinez wagging his finger at the Yankees bench, called Major League Baseball president Bob DuPuy several days before the game to express the organization's concern.

"We were assured everything would be all right," Levine said. "We were told the umpires would be warned of the history with Martinez. We were told there would be proper security measures. What a national television audience saw was shameful. It was disgraceful, but it was anticipated. We have asked for more security, but Sandy Alderson said they think they did a great job. We think they did a bad job. Sandy seems to be in denial."

--Boston police are investigating a bullpen incident in the ninth inning of Game 3 at Fenway Park in which reliever Jeff Nelson and outfielder Karim Garcia were singled out in a fight with a Red Sox groundskeeper.

--OF Karim Garcia and bench coach Don Zimmer were fined $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for their part in a Game 3 brawl with the Red Sox.

--Owner George Steinbrenner said Joe Torre will return next season as manager. Decisions, however, haven't been made on his coaching staff. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has indicated this could be his final season.

--SS Derek Jeter is playing in the ALCS with an injured left thumb, sustained when he rolled over it in Game 1 against the Red Sox while diving for a ball. Jeter is playing in pain, but he won't say anything. He hit a game-tying homer in the Game 3 ALCS victory at Boston.

--Struggling Jason Giambi is playing more as the DH than at first in the ALCS, with Torre opting to go with Nick Johnson, who is better defensively. Giambi has been bothered by nagging injuries all season, and Torre said he wouldn't be surprised if the slugger -- who has hit at least 40 homers in his first two seasons with the Yankees -- wasn't revealing everything about his health.

--Lefty reliever Chris Hammond was left off the ALCS roster, and reserve infielder Erick Almonte was activated.

BY THE NUMBERS: 28 -- Career postseason saves by closer Mariano Rivera, the most in history.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am as proud of him tonight as of any time I have been around him. For him to control his emotions and pitch like he did after that was extraordinary." -- Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre on Roger Clemens maintaining his composure in Game 3 and not retaliating when Boston's Pedro Martinez hit Karim Garcia.

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