Thanks to Kevin Youkilis, the Sox are back into the land of winning. After Cliff Lee manhandled the Red Sox batters for eight-and-two-thirds innings, Youk showed what he does to people who even think about signing with the Yankees. His two-out double tied the game in the ninth, and his sac fly ended it in the eleventh.
Lackey pitched a good game, just not good enough. He gave up the Sox 1-0 lead in the sixth. After two quick outs, the next four batters reached, two of them scoring. It would stay that way until Youk put the team on his back and carried them home.
Another feel-good story was taking place in New York where the Yankees were batting the Rays:
A.J. Burnett and the New York Yankees ended a difficult week on a sour note.
The big right-hander cut both palms when he slammed a set of double doors in frustration after giving up the first of Reid Brignac’s two home runs Saturday in a 10-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I think the moral is just the fact that I let these guys down in a game where we weren’t out of the game early against a good team that’s right behind us in second place,” Burnett said.
Burnett’s anger swelled on the day George Steinbrenner was laid to rest and the Yankees honored longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard during Old-Timers Day festivities.
After the Rays made it 3-0 after two innings, Burnett marched into New York’s clubhouse and slammed open a set of double doors leading to the showers at the far end of the room, slicing both hands on the plastic lineup-card holders pasted to the door.
Now isn’t that a shame?