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6/9/07: Tekin' out the Competition

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Source: Yahoo!
Arizona Diamondbacks Stephen Drew (bottom) breaks up the double play against Boston Red Sox second baseman Alex Cora in the fourth inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Phoenix June 9, 2007.
BOS - 4
ARI - 3
Final, 10 innings

W - Okajima (2-0)
L - Cruz (2-1)
S - Papelbon (14)
THE STARTER:
The Yankees started future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens on Saturday. The Red Sox started future Hall of Mirrors carny worker Julian Tavarez the same day. Their lines:

Clemens: W, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Tavarez: ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

One more note, their 2007 salaries:

Clemens: pro-rated $28 million
Tavarez: $3.35 million

So let's get this straight. The Yankees are paying Roger Clemens to pitch like Julian Tavarez? That's what it looks like to me. Maybe someone should tell Julian the Red Sox front office is ripping him off. I'd ask for Roger money if I were him.

THE 'PEN:

Brendan Donnelly got the nod in the 7th inning and pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Hideki Okajima pitched the 8th and 9th, walked one, struck out one, and earned the win thanks to some late-inning heroics. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 14th save of the season, even though it was a bit shaky. Papelbon allowed a hit and struck out two.

THE LINEUP:

The Captain was in top form yesterday. Jason Varitek blasted a two-run home run to make it 3-2, D-Backs in the 6th. Then he doubled in the 8th to scored JD Drew to tie the game up. Varitek finished the game going 2-for-5 with a run and 3 RBI. Drew continued his hot streak by going 3-for-5 with 2 runs. Mike Lowell had the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning thanks to a sac fly that scored David Ortiz.

THE FIELD:

Another throwing error by Julio Lugo.


WINNER: Have to give it to the Captain for his clutch performances.


WINNER: No need to straddle someone with the Mendoza after last night's strong win.