Before yesterday's game, Pete Abe posted the following tidbit:
Manny Being Manny is an insane 52 of 110 (.473) against the Yankees since the start of the 2006 season with 12 homers and 35 RBI in 32 games. He has 53 homers and 153 RBI against the Yankees in his career.
I asked Mike Mussina last week what the Yankees have done to try and stop this. "Everything," he said. "Nothing works."
You don't say. Last night, Mussina didn't feel "right" from the get go. According to the Daily News:
"I didn't feel very good in the pen," Mussina said of his pregame warmups. "I didn't warm up very well. I got to the mound and the first guy (Jacoby Ellsbury) I got him 1-and-2, I think, and then I hit him. I squared him up and it's 1-2. I mean, at that point I was still trying to figure out what was going to happen but as soon I did that I immediately knew it was going to be a real hard effort."
Manny Ramirez popped two dingers off Mussina and Josh Beckett pitched eight innings as the Sox beat the Yanks, 7-5. New York scored two runs in the ninth against Jonathan Paplebon but still came up well short. The biggest excitement of the evening came when Kyle Farnsworth threw a pitch behind Manny's back. Both teams were immediately warned and nothing more came of it, at least for the time being.
"Well, you know, we hit one of their best players (Wednesday) night and I guess they wanted to send a message," Ramirez said, referring to Alex Rodriguez getting one in the back. "They need to back up their players and they did."
Asked if he was upset, Ramirez said, "Not really. I like to compete. I like that challenge. It's part of the competition."