The mood in Fenway Park was white hot as Ryan Dempster struck Alex Rodriguez in the 2nd to draw warnings from the home plate umpire and incense Yankees manager Joe Girardi to the point he was ejected from the remainder of the game. A-Rod would have the last laugh as he later homered and his obvious delight was clear as he rounded the bases to a huge chorus of boo’s and helped the Yankees to a 9 – 6 victory over their bitter rivals. One thing for sure, Rodriguez clearly feeds off the Red Sox intense hatred, helping himself to three hits, two RBI’s and two runs.
Best news from yesterday’s games was the return of Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb, Who pitched 5 strong innings to help his side beat Seattle 7 – 1. After being out with concussion for 2 months following a line drive that struck his head during a game against the Royals it was great to see him back on the mound and in form. His addition to an already strong Rays pitching line up will put pressure on Red Sox as the gap between the two teams closes to just 2 games at the top of the AL East.