By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth
consecutive game and Josh Beckett shut down the skidding New York
Yankees for the second time this season, sending the Boston Red Sox
to a 6-0 victory Saturday on a bizarre night in the Bronx.
It all started when longtime star Jorge Posada asked to be taken
out of the New York lineup after the slumping designated hitter was
dropped to No. 9 in the batting order.
Posada, hitting .165 this season, was in the original lineup
posted by manager Joe Girardi _ ejected in the seventh inning by
plate umpire Mike Winters following Gonzalez’s three-run shot. But
general manager Brian Cashman said Posada went into Girardi’s
office at 6 p.m. and requested that he be removed.
Posada’s wife tweeted that the five-time All-Star had a stiff
back. But a person familiar with the discussion between Posada and
the team told The Associated Press that he “refused” to play. The
person spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was
still not settled.
The person said the Yankees have been in contact with the
commissioner’s office about possible recourse. The Yankees could
fine Posada one day’s pay – that would be $71,978 of his $13.1 million salary. If a player declines to play two days in a row, he
could be put on the restricted list.
Andruw Jones took over at DH, and Posada was on the Yankees
bench during the game, wearing a cap and sweat shirt.
His teammates weren’t much more productive, managing only four
singles and two walks against Beckett (3-1) while dropping their
fourth straight. It is New York’s longest skid since losing four in
a row Sept. 22-25.
The Yankees, who have dropped eight of 11 overall, fell to 1-4
against their longtime rivals this year.
Beckett struck out nine in six innings to win another marquee
matchup with CC Sabathia (3-3). Last month at Fenway Park, also on
national television, the right-hander struck out 10 while yielding
just two singles and a walk in eight dominant innings for a 4-0 win
over Sabathia and the Yankees.
This time, Beckett gave up singles to his first two batters,
then set down Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano in
order – two on strikeouts.
Beckett escaped more trouble in the third and fifth, then handed
a 6-0 lead to the bullpen. Matt Albers and Rich Hill completed the
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run double in the fifth and Jason
Varitek added an RBI single in the seventh. Gonzalez chased
Sabathia with a drive to right-center, his fifth homer in four
It also was Gonzalez’s first extra-base hit in 51 at-bats
against left-handed pitchers this season, his first with Boston.
NOTES: The sellout crowd of 48,790 was New York’s largest of the
season. … The Yankees have lost consecutive series at home. …
Yankees RHP Carlos Silva allowed one run, three hits and struck out
six in his first start at Double-A Trenton. He was released by the
Chicago Cubs during spring training and agreed to a minor league
contract with New York on April 9. … With strong career numbers
against Sabathia, Mike Cameron started in RF for Boston, giving
J.D. Drew a rest.
AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker
contributed to this report.
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