BOSTON (AP) -- Curt Schilling looked down the Yankees lineup and
had a feeling this would not be like the last time he faced them.
"That's a distinctly different team," he said Monday night
after pitching eight strong innings to beat New York 9-5 and earn
his 199th career victory. "That's not a knock against any of the
players they're running out there, but you're talking about
All-Star caliber players they're replacing."
Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back homers off
Keith Foulke, then Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams added
consecutive doubles. But Terrence Long, whose contract was
purchased from Triple-A on Sunday because of injuries to all three
regular outfielders, flied out to center to end the game.
"This is a team that's been wracked with some real significant
injuries," said Schilling (7-2), who allowed one run and five hits
with no walks and six strikeouts. "I'm sure it's a different
lineup than we're going to see next time we see them."
Chien-Ming Wang (4-2) allowed seven runs and nine hits in
six-plus innings for his first loss since April 21. With
outfielders Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield out and regular center
fielder Johnny Damon was the designated hitter because of a foot
injury, the Yankees dropped the series opener and their third in
"I think we're playing at a pretty good level right now, but
we're shorthanded," said manager Joe Torre, whose team came back
from 9-0 and 4-0 deficits for wins last week. "You never know.
This ballclub, even though we're that far behind, they're still
going to go up there and take their whacks. They're not going to
phone it in. We just have to keep the score a little closer for it
Since winning his first four starts -- with an ERA of 1.61 --
Schilling won just two of his next five, including a May 10 loss at
Yankee Stadium in which he gave up three homers. But he rebounded
at Fenway and left the injured Yankees looking for reinforcements
as they dropped to 1-4 against Boston this season.
Damon and Sheffield are expected to return to the field on
Tuesday night, when Jaret Wright pitches against Boston's Tim
"We're a little banged up, but we're going to be there to the
end," Damon said. "And we're going to be very solid."
Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on Damon's single to give the
Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third. But Boston scored four in the
bottom half, thanks to Ortiz and Ramirez.
It was the 443rd homer of Ramirez's career, moving him past Dave
Kingman and into 32nd on baseball's all-time list. It was his 43rd
career homer against the Yankees.
Boston added three runs in the seventh when Willie Harris
singled and Cora beat out a drag bunt, then Youkilis doubled to
score one run. Ortiz singled to score Youkilis and Ramirez hit a
sacrifice fly to make it 7-1.
Long made his first appearance since being called up from
Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. He started in left field. ... Yankees
RHP Shawn Chacon, who went on the disabled list Sunday, had a
hematoma in his left leg drained Monday. ... Former major league OF
Richard Hidalgo went 1-for-3, including a two-run homer in his
first at-bat, in his first extended spring training game. A second
former big league outfielder, Jason Romano, went 2-for-2 with a
triple and two walks. Both could join Columbus later this month.
... Yankees reliever Octavio Dotel, who had elbow surgery, is
scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring game
Wednesday. ... Red Sox CF Wily Mo Pena was a late scratch from the
starting lineup after his sore left wrist bothered him during
batting practice. Pena said pain in the wrist intensified when he
made "a bad swing" Sunday in Philadelphia but thinks he may play
Tuesday. Harris started in his place. ... RHP David Riske was
activated from the disabled list by Boston and LHP Abe Alvarez was
optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... C Jason Varitek played his
1,001st game with the Red Sox on Monday. Only 25 players have
appeared in more. Carl Yastrzemski's 3,308 games are the most. ...
Since April 6, the Red Sox have been no more than percentage points
out of the AL East lead.
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