Here is an e-mail I just received from a Sox fan detailing the game thus far:
Soriano should expect to get plunked quite a good number of times if he
continues to stand where he is standing.
Martinez threw a fastball that tailed up and in, Soriano did one of those
half-swing, half-get-me-the-fuck-outta-here! type moves, and the ball hit
the knob at the bottom of the bat along with his pinky finger. I'd expect
Basically, same deal with Jeter, except instead of hitting the knob it
caught him flush on the hand.
There's no question Martinez was throwing up and in. Soriano standing where
he does in the batters box, and Jeter was diving into the plate with every
swing, so it was only a matter of time.
But Martinez doesn't have the command he normally has today. Lots of his
fastballs have gone way out of the strike zone, up and in the a right handed
hitter. Looks like he's also throwing harder than usual. Likely a bit
jiuced up for this one.
I don't think Martinez was throwing at anyone. I also don't think he much
cared whether balls he was throwing to back people off the plate hit someone
or two either.
On the plus side for Yankee fans, Mussina has had much better stuff than
Martinez. The one 'double' by Ramirez was a routine line out to RF that
Curtis Pride misplayed, and then threw to second instead of home, allowing a
run to score. Frankly, I'd be surprised if the Yanks didn't win this one
with the kind of stuff Mussina has right now.
As much as I want to scream bloody murder at Pedro, the description above makes much sense. Although I still say the Sox stink if they can't dominate the Yankee line up today.