PP Game Notes: Red Sox 6 - Yankees 2

The Yankees and Red Sox finally met each other for the first time since the 2003 ALCS, and it wasn't pretty. No fights took place, no heated arguments even, just some ugly baseball. Each side made errors on the field and on the basepaths, but when the dust settled and the circus music stopped playing, the Red Sox had won 6-2.

Boston wasted no time showing off their muscle. Johnny Damon reached on Jason Giambi's error at first, then came around to score on Bill Mueller's home run to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Manny Ramirez followed with a drive to right that bounced off the wall but was ruled a home run for some reason, and then, a few batters later with runners on first and third, Ellis Burks scored on Derek Jeter's error... Javier Vazquez (1-1) didn't pitch as poorly as the numbers might indicate. He consistently got ahead of batters, working the count to two strikes, but he couldn't put them away. Boston batters simply crushed the ball when they made contact, giving Vazquez his first loss of the year... Jorge Posada's solo home run made it 4-1 in the second. Posada has eight hits this season. Five are home runs... Doug Mirabelli plowed an opposite-dinger in the fourth for a 5-1 Boston lead... Bernie Williams' RBI single in the fifth made it 5-2... Mirabelli's RBI double in the sixth capped the scoring at 6-2... Tim Wakefield (1-0) was lights-out with his knuckleball. He allowed one earned run on five hits and four walks, fanning four. The Yankees simply couldn't touch him for most of the game, just like that ALCS... Scott Williamson and Ramirez tried to make it interesting in the eighth. Ramirez' blunder in left field opened the door for the Yankees to load the bases for Hideki Matsui, but Alan Embree fanned Godzilla to end the threat... Keith Foulke pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game... A-Rod was booed loudly in each at bat, went 1/4 with a single, but made a terrible base-running mistake in the sixth to help end a rally. Rodriguez decided to try and steal third with Gary Sheffield batting. He was caught, and Sheffield struck out to end the inning... No Yankee starter is hitting over .257, and Sheffield leads the team with that mark.

Game two of the four-game set will be on Saturday at 1:20 PM. Curt Schilling (1-0) will face Mike Mussina (1-2).

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